Monday, April 28, 2014
Early Offer: FSU ‘perfect’ for Robbins
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: While it hasn’t drawn as many headlines as Alabama, Florida State’s early 2015 class is pretty special, too. And that has FSU’s top commits fired up. Arizona added a commitment from a top-100 prospect over the weekend, but more importantly the pledge came from an in-state prospect.
FSU OL commit excited about No. 5 class
David Robbins has talented company coming with him to Florida State.
“Who can beat what Florida State has,” asked Robbins, who was one of the top linemen at Saturday’s Nike Training Camp at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. “When I was down there, I had this thought on my head: ‘This is where I really want to go.’ It took me two weeks to finally realize I couldn’t beat what Florida State has. Really, nobody can, and there will be a lot of other recruits that see that, too.
“The coaches and the people down there are great. It’s a beautiful area. Everything about the school is perfect. It’s the perfect school. Who wouldn’t want to play there?”
FSU already has commitments from four players ranked in the top 10 at their positions, including No. 1 ranked safety Derwin James Jr., and four players ranked in the ESPN 300. Robbins really likes what the Seminoles have also done on the offensive line, and he’s fired up to play with No. 4 guard Kendrick Norton and No. 30 guard Cole Minshew.
“I watched Cole Minshew’s highlight,” Robbins said. “He looks like a real good player to me. He’s really nasty. I’m excited to be teammates with him. I like being around guys like that.”
Walker key for Arizona’s in-state efforts
The state of Arizona has had an uptick in talent in the last 10 years. And unfortunately for Arizona and Arizona State, more national programs have been flocking to Phoenix to lure away some of that talent. Several national programs such as Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan State and Notre Dame have landed Arizona players over the last three classes.
That’s what makes Keenan Walker's commitment to Arizona absolutely huge for the Wildcats. Walker, the nation’s No. 93 player and No. 2 player in the state, could have gone anywhere like Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas or several Pac-12 programs, but he bought in to the in-state message the Wildcats are selling.
Arizona still is in it for elite receiver Cassius Peat and several other quality players. Yes, the 2015 class isn’t as deep as the 2014 group, but Walker’s decision was a very good sign for the Wildcats. It’s the type of commitment that could have a ripple effect with other top local recruits.