Fresh off a state title with Carver-Columbus, Jarmon Fortson has turned his attention to recruiting.
The 6-foot-3 and 222-pound athlete, who committed to Auburn last September, is still a strong verbal pledge to the Tigers but will visit Florida State and Alabama this month to make sure that he is making the proper choice about his future.
"I just want to exercise my options I guess," Fortson said via cell phone Tuesday night. "I want to make sure that I am making the right decision because it's a big deal. You have to make sure that you think about all the factors that go into it."
First up for Fortson is a trip to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 11 to visit the University of Alabama.
The Crimson Tide coaches haven't specified where they see Fortson playing just yet. But that won't deter him from making a decision in Alabama's favor.
"They are recruiting me as an athlete and that is OK," Fortson said. "I haven't talked to the coaches in a while but they know I will play wherever they need me; whatever gets me on the field fastest."
One school that knows exactly where it sees the Georgia standout lining up to begin his collegiate career is FSU.
"Florida State is looking at me as a wide receiver," said Fortson, who will make the trip to Tallahassee sometime following his visit to Alabama. "I talked to their wide receivers coach (Lawrence Dawsey). They like my size and what I can do with the football."
With the recent university investigation into academic fraud at Florida State – an inquiry that was highlighted by the suspension of 24 scholarship players (most of whom play defense) for the Seminoles' Music City Bowl contest against Kentucky and will continue into next season for a few games – Fortson knows that the opportunity for immediate playing time is available at FSU.
"Coach Dawsey spoke to me about some of the issues they have had down there," Fortson said. "I know a lot of the defensive players will miss time next year, but he said that they are going to need freshmen to play right away on offense, too."
Making the trip with Fortson to FSU will be his teammate, three-star quarterback DeRon Furr. Seminoles coaches are recruiting the talented signal caller to play safety in Tallahassee.
And while Furr is also an Auburn commit and it may appear that the two are a package deal together, Fortson is quick to point out that is not the case.
"It would be nice to go to the same school," Fortson said. "We'd like to but we both will do what is best for us in the end."
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