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Monday, April 15, 2013
Weekend recruiting rewind

By Corey Dowlar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Spring games are a chance for coaches and players to test what they've got in a more game-like situation. Practice is one thing, but putting on uniforms and taking to the stadium in front of fans is another.

It's also a chance to have prospects on campus in numbers.

As far as recruiting events go, it wasn't furiously busy. What happened instead was a lot of marketing and road-paving for the future.

A visit from a highly-thought-of cornerback, Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), highlighted the group in attendance. Brown was a question mark leading up to Saturday, but his effort to make the unofficial visit to Tallahassee from Texas is worth noting.

Mike Johnson (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside), another defensive back high on FSU's wish list, was also there. He came close to committing while there, but "didn't want to make a mistake."

Some, like linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby), were close to making a decision, but he went as far as to say a decision was drawing close. Most expect the Seminoles to be the favorites for his choice when it comes. Another local prospect, Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln), joined him at the game, but isn't expected to announce on the same timeline.

Getting Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), an ESPN Watch List athlete, on campus was important, too. With a bunch of big offers under his belt, the speedster making a second trip to Florida State is indicative of a little interest, at least.

T.J. Harrell (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic), who was just on campus for an unofficial, was back again. Reading between the lines, and really diving into what he says, it might not be long before the Seminoles secure a pledge from him.

And while Florida State continues to recruit its future players, some that have already signed were on campus, too. Getting to be around their new teammates and coaches, especially considering they will be suiting up with them in a few months, is worth something.

Matthew Thomas was patrolling the sidelines before the game, chatting it up with the coaches and players he's known. Other signees such as Ryan Green, Jeremy Kerr, Marquez White and E.J. Levenberry were there, too.

So while Jimbo Fisher was focused on getting his team through the final session of the spring football allotment, he immediately changed perspective towards the future at the first moment he was able to.