ORLANDO, Fla. — I’m covering the Under Armour All-America Game for SB Nation Recruiting, as I do every year. My big recruiting story from the player check-in can be found here, but here are the FSU-specific notes.
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Superstar DT recruit Robert Cooper stayed loyal to FSU
Elite defensive tackle recruit Robert Cooper explains why he stayed loyal to the Florida State Seminoles Football despite Jimbo Fisher leaving. Awesome interview here with a kid who will soon be crushing quarterbacks in Garnet and Gold.Posted by TomahawkNation.com on Saturday, December 30, 2017
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Joshua Moore, a four-star receiver commit from Yoakum, Texas, says that after decommitting from Nebraska, he is officially done with the Cornhuskers. Moore has two official visits locked in: Oregon on Jan. 26, and Florida State on Jan. 19. Two other visits are up in the air, and include potentially Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Cal. Moore’s brother Jordan is committed to Texas A&M, and Jimbo Fisher recruited Moore heavily while at Florida State, so I believe the Aggies will have a strong chance to land one of the final visits.
Tampa five-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere is a prospect to watch. He has already officially visited Notre Dame and Michigan. He has a strong connection with Ohio State coach Greg Schiano, so the Buckeyes are likely to get a visit. Florida and Auburn are also pushing for visits. But also watch out for Florida State. Willie Taggart visited Petit-Frere upon being hired, and Michigan offensive line coach Greg Frey, an FSU alum, is one of the leading candidates for the same position in Tallahassee. Petit-Frere said that a Frey move to FSU would change up his recruitment.
Florida State OL commit Christian Meadows, of Montezuma (Ga.), says that he is still committed to Florida State, and that the Seminoles will get his final official visit. But he has some changes in his plans for other official visits. Instead of visiting Auburn and Florida, Meadows now thinks he might visit Louisville and UCF. The planned visit to Miami on Jan. 27 is still on, with FSU on Feb. 3. Meadows is eager to meet whomever FSU hires as an offensive line coach. Meadows told me that it would take something serious to flip him, and that Miami is the main contender. Robert Cooper believes Meadows will be his roommate at FSU.
South Carolina LB signee Rosendo Louis, of Deerfield Beach said that the coaching staff stability and relationships were the primary factors in flipping his commitment from Florida State to the Gamecocks. FSU had yet to hire a defensive coordinator as of the early signing period, and his best relationship was with Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.
As I said previously, Florida QB signee Emory Jones confirmed that his relationship with coaches Dan Mullen and Brian Johnson, and the opportunity to play early with the Gators is what put UF over the top for the Heard County (Ga.) star. Mullen was the first coach to offer Jones, back when he was at Mississippi State.