Noles Offer Okine

Earl Okine received a surprising offer last week, and the defensive end from Gainesville, Fla., believes that it could change his recruitment quite a bit.

"Florida State offered me," said the 6-foot-7, 235-pounder. "I was on spring break at the beach and my coach called and said they offered. Then I got a text from them, so I called the defensive line coach, Coach Hagans, and he said 'Florida State University wants to offer you a full scholarship.'"

Okine said he was not expecting an offer from the Seminoles at this point in time.

Not at all. I was thinking that they would offer me later, them and Florida, but I guess that Florida State felt I really fit well into their system. That meant a lot, but it's still between them and Florida, really."

With the Seminoles, who also holds offers from Arizona State, Central Florida, Florida International, and Mississippi, offering early, does it give them a jump on the other in-state schools?

"Not really at all, but it does mean something. Still, it doesn't matter who offers first, because it is going to come down to just where I feel the most comfortable."

Okine hopes to visit Tallahassee soon to meet with the coaches, but with the Gator spring practice going on in his back yard he is able to visit with the Florida coaches often.

"I love the Gators and I've always been a fan. I met with Urban Meyer with my dad this afternoon and we're going to practice tomorrow. They were talking about how they liked my game tape. Hopefully enough to offer."

Okine finished last season with 85 tackles and nine quarterback sacks.

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