Top two for Vickers

Johnathan Vickers has been up and down over the last year. He was a hot name over the summer, picking up offers seemingly by the week, then he broke his leg and missed the bulk of the 2012 season. Now healthy, and making visits, the Floridian has his sights on a pair of schools standing out above the rest.

FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com has learned that Johnathan Vickers has an early top two.

It correlates with the last two schools he's been to, and that is Alabama and Florida State.

The Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian running back was at Alabama's Junior Day on Saturday and he stopped by FSU's campus Monday. Each unofficial visit was enough to vault the schools atop the rest.

"I visited Florida State yesterday and met with the coaching staff," said the 6-foot, 205 pound prospect. "I'm very impressed with what I heard and very interested in going there."

Vickers had the Crimson Tide on top for some time, so Jimbo Fisher and company made up serious ground in a short time even after the 2014 standout saw Tuscaloosa once more.

"Both trips were great!" he added. "I say (the schools are) neck and neck."

Even still, each trip left Vickers wanting a bit more. At Alabama, he enjoyed checking out the new weight room, but didn't get the time with the coaches he was looking for.

"I met with the new recruiting coordinator for my area, coach [Lance] Thompson, and I talked with him," said Vickers. "We ate lunch together, then I talked to the running back coaches for a minute. Nick Saban, too."

It was the opposite in Tallahassee and a coach he grew close to while at Alabama, now at FSU, had a lot to do with why.

"When I went to FSU, I just met with the coaches, I haven't toured yet," he said. "Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt has been recruiting me for a while, and he really likes me.

"He is just a fun guy to be around. I watched him coach the DB's, he's fun to watch. I want to play for him."

Vickers has racked up several offers of late, including from North Carolina State and California among others. The race for his services is certainly not over just yet. Florida State has yet to offer, unlike Alabama.

The now-healthy prospect is ranked the No. 33 running back in the class of 2014 on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.

Vickers is planning on making a final decision in the fall, after his senior season begins.


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