Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's been said in this space before but Jimbo Fisher has turned around recruiting at Florida State quite quickly and it seems like they're approaching the success the school had in the late 1990's. The Seminoles just added another commitment from a top recruit Wednesday with the verbal pledge of Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Ukeme Eligwe.
"Wednesday is my birthday, so I hinted at this decision to FSU assistant coach Dameyune Craig yesterday about giving him a little present," Eligwe told Warchant.com. "Today is the day for me. Florida State is where I want to be, so I committed this morning to Coach Craig. I'm locked into Florida State University."
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Eligwe recently took home co-MVP honors of the Athens Nike Camp and is one of the most recruited players in the country with over 25 offers. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tallahassee and felt comfortable enough to pull the trigger on a commitment however.
"As I said before I visited, if everything clicked, I didn't want to waste anyone's time that is recruiting, so I made my decision this morning," Eligwe told the website. "This was the right time to make my college choice. I just felt so comfortable around the coaches and players. I'm really excited about it because FSU is everything I've been looking for in a school."
Even with his verbal commitment to the Seminoles, several other schools are not giving up recruiting the talented defensive player.
“Sorry I couldn’t answer a few minutes ago,” Stone Mountain coach Dante Ferguson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution when reached by phone after the commitment. “It was Florida. They wanted to know why (Eligwe) picked Florida State over them. They said they aren’t going to give up on recruiting him."
Eligwe was also pursued by in-state school Georgia, with head coach Mark Richt calling him Tuesday to lobby for his commitment. Despite his pleas, it was Florida State on Wednesday morning.
"It's a defense that offers a lot of options for me. FSU runs a 4-3 defense. I can play either the mike or outside linebacker spot," Eligwe told Warchant. "There's even a possibility as a safety, but probably linebacker. I think I can make a solid impact with my athletic ability. It's up to me to work hard and compete. Hopefully, I can land a solid spot by my sophomore season."
Eligwe is the ninth commitment for the Seminoles' class of 2012 and sixth on defense.
“Florida State is getting a young man who is very smart in the classroom and on the football field,” Ferguson told the Journal-Constitution. “He’s a born leader. He can take over a football game. He’s going to be 6-4 — and as fast as he is, that’s scary.”