Jacob Coker, a talented quarterback out of Mobile, Alabama has committed to play for the Florida State Seminoles. Coker plays for St. Paul's Episcopal.
TomahawkNation.com spoke with Coker about his commitment. "I was shocked. I had been to some camps before and not come away with offers, but Florida State asked me to come down and compete." Jacob said of the offer. Coker cited Florida State's coaches as the driving force behind his commitment, saying "Coach Craig and coach Fisher. They were very impressive. We really connected. I liked the way they challenged me and coached me." Coker also cited Florida State's beautiful campus.
One of the reasons Coker has not yet blown up on the national stage is the offense his high school runs. We asked Jacob about playing in the wing-t. "I'm a competitor and I want to win. I am a team-first player. We ran a lot last year, and I didn't get to throw as much as some of the [high profile quarterbacks]. But it wouldn't be right to run an offense that would showcase one player if it doesn't give the team the best chance to win. I have to make the most of my opportunities", Coker said.
Coker has also really grown in the past year. "I was 6'3" 175 as a sophomore and now I am 6'5" 210," Coker said. Coker also indicated that he added a Mississippi State offer today. We asked Coker if he gave any thought to waiting to commit, since his offer list is likely to grow after word of Florida State's interest spread. "No. I knew when Florida State started to show interest in me that I wanted to play for Dameyune Craig and Jimbo Fisher," said Coker. Living in Alabama, Coker grew up an Crimson Tide fan, but put his fandom aside when the recruiting process began in order to make the best decision.
Coker stands a legit 6'5" and weighs in at 210 lbs. This is where new quarterback coach Dameyune Craig's Mobile, Al ties pay off (Craig was the coach of South Alabama, in Mobile, before coming to Florida State). Stylistically, he looks like a young Christian Ponder, but 2" taller. He has put on ~30 lbs since the end of last season. Very very good runner. Throws behind a below average offensive line and in a wing-t offense so it's all waggle/boot. Coker has a big arm. He crushed the Mississippi camp by showing excellent athleticism. Wowed Jimbo Fisher at the recent FSU camp, and now has a Duke offer from QB guru David Cutcliffe as well. Comes from a program that produced top Alabama commit A.J. McCarron two years ago. We bet he has 15 offers by August 1. Also is fully qualified with a 25 on his ACT. Like Nile Lawrence and others, this is a good example of FSU's coaches outworking and out-evaluating other programs. Film
More proof of his athleticism comes from his basketball prowess:
Junior Jacob Coker led the Saints in scoring for the year at over 17 points per game. Jacob has received several post season honors including being named First Team Sweet Sixteen by the Mobile Press Register along with being named Co-Player of the Year by the coaches for Mobile County 2A-5A schools. Jacob will also represent the south in the Alabama Junior All-Star game this summer.
Coker has not yet been evaluated by the three major recruiting services. Florida State now has 13 commitments, and is well on its way to a second-consecutive superb class under Jimbo Fisher.
This evaluation from a writer at Tharinger.com:
FSU got a good prospect at QB! Tall, good arm & an excellent athlete. Superb baseball & basketball player at St Paul's. Excellent arm & can make all the throws with accuracy. Will likely need a redshirt year. Plays 5A ball in a powerful division in Mobile, & his team is seriously lacking in talent. St Paul's is a private episcopal & by Alabama rules must play above it size. Not many talented players can afford St Paul's. They play some of the best competition in the state like Vigor HS. Will need to develop as his offense does little to prepare him for college, plus his OL is like a turnstile against their competition. All the physical tools are there, plus he is extremely smart. FSU got a good one.