Posted by Bryan Fischer
Florida State fans were expecting a big recruiting weekend in Tallahassee and Jimbo Fisher and staff delivered, bringing in three commitments so far this week with a few more on the horizon as the Jimbo Fisher Summer Camp gets underway.
The first player to commit to the Seminoles was Orange (Calif.) tight end Christo Kourtzidis, who made his pledge public on Saturday.
"It came down to FSU, Nebraska, and California," Kourtzidis told Warchant.com. "It was nothing against all the other schools because all of them were great but FSU just fit me in every single way. The offense, campus, it was just the perfect fit."
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Californian is another big time commitment at the position after the school added nationally-ranked tight end Nick O'Leary in last year's recruiting class. One of the biggest factors that led Kourtzidis' to commit was the relationship he had with the coaching staff and in particular with his position coach James Coley.
"He's a players coach and I love that about Coach Coley," he said. "I'm really looking forward to having him coach me at Florida State."
The good news continued for the staff on Sunday as they added the commitments of Charlotte (N.C.) punter Cason Beatty and Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle James Hamilton.
"I just liked the vibe of Florida State, liked the coaching staff," Hamilton told Warchant. "Coach Fisher and Coach Odell (Haggins) are two great guys. They want me to play defensive tackle, and I decided I do want to play defensive tackle in college. The school is great, it's close to home and they compete every year for a big bowl game and the national championship."
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Hamilton is also a standout offensive lineman in high school. He held offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Michigan State, USF and Texas A&M among others but the experience at Fisher's summer camp led him and the coaching staff to feel like his future was at Florida State on defense.
"They saw what I can do, saw my quickness, my explosiveness and what kind of damage I can do on the defensive side of the ball," he said.
The trio's pledges give the Seminoles 13 commitments for the class of 2012. Beatty is the second kicker to join the class, while Hamilton is the fifth defensive lineman planning on heading to Tallahassee next fall.
Fisher's Summer Camp resumes Monday and several of Florida State's commitments and recruiting targets are expected to be in attendance.