Ed Stinson became the eighth member of the Florida State Seminoles 2009 recruiting class last April. Fast forward to the end of his process, and the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Stinson finds himself back at square one.
"Alabama, LSU and Florida State are still in the mix," said South Dade head coach Ivan Chicola. "They are all still really pressing him. I know Ed has a lot on his mind right now, especially with the visitors he had last weekend."
Those visitors were the newest members of the Tiger coaching staff, led by head signal caller Les Miles.
"Ed's father said that they really blew them away," Chicola said. "His remarks were that they were super impressed by the LSU coaches when they came in and sat him down. They really knocked Ed's socks off. He was just really impressed."
The Tigers will attempt to pull the Miami-native into Louisiana without any more visits, as the 3-star defensive end took officials to both Alabama and LSU in November.
"I am not really sure what LSU's chances are heading forward," Chicola said. "Ed is just so tough to get a read on, even this late in the game. I know Alabama is still on him really hard, and the coaches there feel as if they have as good a chance as anyone to land him.
"Just from an outsider's view, I think Alabama and LSU are almost identical right now," added Chicola. "They are both highly successful and have a lot to offer. It is just wherever he feels most comfortable. I don't know if playing time is really a factor anymore, because Ed can get it quickly or as quick in both places."
As for the Seminoles chances, the coaches in Tallahassee hope to pull the 3-star into town one last time before signing day.
"The FSU coaches really want to get him up there before he decides," Chicola said. "That was his early commitment and his favorite, so if he gets there and goes out and feels the same way as he did before then who knows. I know that the staff up there feels that they are still in the mix."
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