Floyd: 'My visit was a 10'

Greenville (SC) J.L. Mann star athlete J.T. Floyd is considered one of the top players in the state of South Carolina, and he was in Raleigh this weekend for an official visit at NC State.

The Palmetto State standout committed very early in the process to Tennessee, but now he considers himself a soft commitment.

"Yes sir, my commitment is still soft," J.T. Floyd told Pack Pride. "I opened my recruitment back up when I started hearing the coaching rumors about coach Fulmer. I've even started hearing that coach Chavis and coach Slade may not be back next year.

"It's real important for me to know that the coaches from the school that I end up signing with so that stability is certainly a factor for me."

With double-digit scholarship offers from programs such as Tennessee, NC State, Maryland, Michigan, Clemson, and South Carolina among others, Floyd has options. Over the weekend he took his first official visit as he tripped to NC State.

"The visit went great," said Floyd. "I had a blast at NC State. My host was Justin Byers and we hit it off really well. I hung out with Justin and Seve [Howrard], and I saw how tight the team was. I also hung out with Jay Smith, DeAndre Morgan, DaJuan Morgan and a lot of the other guys.

"I had a great time. My visit was a 10 out of 10. I really enjoyed my time at NC State."

He was on hand for the Wolfpack's ACC victory over North Carolina.

"The atmosphere for that game was outstanding," said Floyd. "The fans were really in the game, and it got loud in there. It ended up being a close game, and we had a blast watching that one."

Floyd and his family spent time with NC State head coach Tom O'Brien and defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

Because he stars at wide receiver and defensive back for T.L. Mann, Floyd could play on either side of the ball.

"The coaches were great," he said. "My dad was really impressed with coach Archer, coach O'Brien, and coach Reed... he enjoyed the football aspect of the visit and my mom really loved the academics.

"Coach Reed really knows his stuff. He was showing me a couple of the drills they do, and he seems like he enjoys his job. He's the type of coach that I could definitely play for.

"I actually want to play in the defensive backfield, and at NC State I would fit in great because corner and safety is really interchangeable for them. The coaches also said I would have an opportunity to compete for the punt return and kick return job, and that is something I would like to do if I sign with NC State."

How did the visit help NC State's chances with Floyd?

"I'm really liking NC State," he said. "I was really considering them before, but now NC State has moved up to near the top. They are really a frontrunner in my recruitment."

Don't expect distance to play a role in Floyd's decision, although it appeared to be a reason why the two in-state schools were eliminated.

"Distance won't really be a factor," stated Floyd. "I want to get out of the state though. I don't know if I want to go too far away, but I know I'm definitely not going to be too close.

"20 minutes down the road to Clemson is too close and even an hour to Columbia is too close. Both South Carolina and Clemson offered, but they are just too close for me."

Tennessee, Michigan, and NC State clearly have the edge on the competition. Floyd has already visited NC State and has a trip set with Michigan for December 14th. He is in the process of scheduling a trip to Tennessee and he might take his final two officials but that hasn't been solidified.

"I have Michigan December 13th, 14th, an 15th, and I'm pretty sure I'll take one to Tennessee," said Floyd. "I think there is a good chance I take all five, but I'm not sure. Those are really my top three and I definitely knew I was going to visit them, but if someone else can wiggle in I may give them the opportunity.

"I really wanted to make my decision before Christmas. As of right now that is where it is at, but I also want to make sure I give Tennessee a shot before I make my final decision. So if I can get my visits in with Tennessee and Michigan before Christmas I'll make my decision then."

What is going to be the biggest factor in Floyd's final decision?

"The biggest thing first and foremost is how I'll be prepared for life outside of football," he stated. "Receiving that degree is going to be huge for me. I also want to make sure I have a great relationship with the defensive backs coach. It's important for me to have that bond with him, and I also want to have a great feel on the team morale. I want to feel like the team is close and they all get along.

"The coaches are going to be big for me. I'm keeping a close eye on each school to see what happens with the coaches, and that will be real huge for me. If anything changes then I'd have to reevaluate my recruitment."

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