FSU commitment: Jarred Haggins comments

Jarred Haggins is having an outstanding season at Lakeland High School where the Dreadnaughts are undefeated and in the third round of the Florida 5A state playoffs. Haggins, a high school quarterback, has been committed to the FSU program since mid-July. Despite legendary Coach Bobby Bowden's imminent departure from Tallahassee, Haggins says his allegiances still remain with the Seminoles.

"Well I can't really say that I'm hurt by Coach Bowden leaving," said Jarred Haggins, "because it's not like we shared a close personal relationship. If he stayed on as the head coach or left, it wasn't going to affect my decision either way. I don't mean to be ruthless I just don't feel any differently about going to Florida State than I did before (Bowden's departure)."

It may be a better fit for Haggins now as he said he felt more of a connection with Jimbo Fisher.

"Yeah, when I went there for camp he (Fisher) was the coach I spoke with the most," Haggins said. "I've talked with him and coach (Lawrence) Dawsey throughout much of the recruiting process. To me, it felt like he was already my head coach."

Haggin's uncle, Odell Haggins, is an assistant coach at FSU who coaches the defensive tackles. Jarred wants to make it clear his uncle wasn't the reason he chose Florida State.

"A lot of people may think that's the reason why I committed to them," said Haggins on having his uncle as a member of the coaching staff. "But really that's one of the last reasons I chose to go there. My first choice was Ohio State, but things didn't really work out there.

"Florida State's a place I've been going to ever since I was small. I know the stadium and the campus. It's really like a second home to me."

While Haggins has had a successful high school career as a quarterback, FSU plans to use him at wide receiver, or possibly defensive back.

"I don't have blazing speed," said Haggins (6-1, 185). "I run a 4.5 forty, but my strength is running good routes and catching the ball. I think I'll make a good possession receiver."

Although Haggins holds many offers he thinks he'll only take two official visits.

"I'm not sure yet on the dates," Haggins said. "But, I plan on making my visits to USF and FSU sometime in December."

Haggins leads the Dreadnaughts in the 3rd round playoff game Friday against hosting Fleming Island.

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