Dudchock Excited About FSU Offer

Davis Dudchock is expecting his recruitment to pick up steam over the next few weeks as the May evaluation period is on the horizon. Florida State recently offered the Birmingham, AL tight end, joining 5 other programs. NoleDigest caught up with Davis to talk about his recruitment and to see where the ‘Noles stand with him at this time.

Davis Dudchock is one of the top tight ends in Alabama this year. The Oak Mountain High standout had a good junior season as he recorded 33 receptions for 504 yards and 4 scores. Right now Dudchock's recruitment is starting to pick up some steam as his high school team is starting spring practice soon. He told NoleDigest he expects several coaches will be stopping by to check him out over the next couple weeks.

"I've been getting a lot of calls and emails from coaches, and starting next Monday we have spring ball starting, so I think coaches will be coming to see me soon," said the pass catching tight end. "I'm not really sure who'll be coming by, but I know Jimbo Fisher from Florida State will be here Monday. I can't wait for that."

"Going into the spring I have 6 offers from schools like FSU, Auburn, Stanford, Southern Miss, UAB and Vandy," continued Dudchock. "I'll be going to the Tennessee camp in June and I am planning on playing well there to get an offer."

Since Nick Saban has taken over the head coaching spot at Alabama it has been hard for out-of-state schools to land the state of Alabama's top players. Davis says that he isn't a lock to stay in state as the best fit for him overall will be the school he signs with in February.

"In state or out, it doesn't matter to me where I go to college," stated Dudchock. "The program that fits me best is where I want to go. Alabama is a school that is up there for me but I haven't heard much from them. I actually was a fan of Auburn because my father played there. I wasn't hardcore, but I followed them because of my dad. I get asked all of the time if it means I am going there since my dad did, but he is letting me make my own decision."

While it is early in his recruitment Dudchock told NoleDigest that he has a lot of interest in the ‘Noles. Getting the offer came as a surprise to him. Since then he says he has connected well with FSU's tight end coach James Coley.

"I was surprised and excited when FSU offered me," said Dudchock of the FSU offer. "I've talked to Coach Fisher and Coach Coley since (the offer came). I've talked mostly to Coach Coley. Coach Fisher has just been getting the details together about him coming here to see me at my school. Coach Coley has talked to me about different drills and stuff like that, as well as how they'd like to use me there. I think I have a good relationship with him now. I have good relationships with other coaches from other schools but I think Coach Coley's is right at the top. I really like Coach Coley."

With the importance of signing a tight end in this class the coaches are making it known that they are intending on utilizing the tight end more in their offense. Those, combined with the fact the Seminoles have 2 scholarship offers heading into the 2009 season, intrigues Davis.

"I'm interested in FSU because of the way they want to utilize the tight end in their offense," explained Dudchock. "At my school they use me as a wide receiver some, and they line me up in either the two or three point stance. I'm a pass catching tight end and that is what FSU is looking for. It definitely plays a role that there could be some early playing time there. It is going to help all the schools that need a tight end."

At 6'4" and 225 pounds Davis feels that he is more of a receiving tight end at the stage. He thinks his ability to run multiple routes, as well as block, makes him an intriguing recruit.

"Right now I'd say I am more of a receiving threat," Davis said, "but that doesn't mean I can't block. I'm just not one of those tight ends that runs drag routes or quick routes. I think I can stretch the field and run different routes. In college coaches have talked about using me as an H-back as well as a tight end because I can create mismatches with the defense."

Davis told NoleDigest that his decision will most likely come before the start of his senior season. Being focused on his academics and season is important to Davis, so he doesn't want to have too many distractions.

"I plan on deciding before the start of my season, but before then I want to visit some camps to see what is out there," stated Dudchock. "Near the end of the summer after all of the visits are settled is most likely when I will go ahead and make my decision because I want to be able to focus on my senior year in and out of the classroom."

"I'll be looking for a good relationship with my position coach, the tradition the program has, and the academic side of things," Dudchock said about what he's looking for when he makes the camp visits. "I'm pretty open right now but I know schools like FSU and Stanford will be there, as well as Auburn and some SEC schools. FSU is definitely up there and I will be visiting some time in May and for the Showtime Camp July 18th. With Stanford and Vanderbilt they have great educations. I'm a good student so I like that."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for an update Monday with Davis on the visit with Coach Fisher.

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