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Florida State camp notes

Marcus Allen lands an offer, Eddie Goldman eager to watch, new QB on the rise

Updated: July 21, 2011, 4:44 PM ET
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Even though Florida State has already filled roughly two-thirds of the spots in its recruiting Class of 2012 the Seminoles' coaching staff continues to look for new talent.

And the most recent beneficiary is three-star athlete Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla./Hilliard), as the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was extended an offer Wednesday before working out at the FSU camp.

"It's a great offer to have because this is a good school and a good program," Allen said. "I really enjoyed the camp, too. I learned a few things and got to be coached up by the FSU staff."

Allen has roughly 25 offers with schools like Tennessee, South Florida, UCF, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kentucky and Louisville as part of that group. Whichever schools Allen considers once he cuts down his list will probably have to contend with the Seminoles.

"It's a good situation at Florida State because it's close to home," Allen said. "They are going to be pretty high up there."

Allen spoke to FSU linebackers coach Greg Hudson briefly during the camp session but had a longer talk with coach Jimbo Fisher.

"We had a good conversation," Allen said. "He just wanted to meet me and get a feel for my personality."

Allen said FSU is recruiting him as a linebacker and will likely receive an official visit. After a rest day, Allen will head to Gainesville to take part in Friday Night Lights.

Lewis swings through

Kaiwan Lewis
Courtesy Corey LongKaiwan Lewis is the No. 8-ranked ILB in the 2012 class.
Four-star linebacker Kaiwan Lewis (Hammonton, N.J./Saint Joseph's) is nearing the end of a Southeast swing on which the 6-2, 230-pounder has visited Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, FSU and South Carolina, and while the middle linebacker prospect hasn't even trimmed his list of offers he could be making a decision quickly.

Or not.

"I'm going to sit with my family and we're going to discuss everything, probably trim the schools," Lewis said. "But if I feel like I know where I want to be and where the best fit is, I'll be ready to make that choice.

"I would say things might happen now or around signing day because I'm going to focus on my team during the season."

While Lewis' trip to Tallahassee will be short, he is hoping to spend much of his time with the FSU coaching staff.

"I'm really looking forward to checking out things with the coaches here, talking with them and watching some film," Lewis said. "I've always had a good feeling about this program."

Lewis, who says he grew up as a fan of Clemson, is looking for a program that has a lot of pieces in place.

"I want to be somewhere with an offense that's ready to win because I know any defense that I am on will be better," Lewis said. "A program with a good strength program and a good defensive line to open up opportunities for the linebackers is another thing I'm looking for.

"And campus life, of course, I mean I'm going to be living there for a while so the campus life needs to be good."

Goldman ready to watch

The No. 2 ranked prospect in the nation, DT Eddie Goldman (Washington, D.C./Collegiate Academy), made his way to the FSU practice fields Wednesday evening and will be an interested spectator for the next few days.

"I really want to see Coach Odell [Haggins] in action and see his passion for coaching up close," Goldman said.

The 6-4, 310-pounder says he and the FSU defensive line coach have formed a solid bond.

"He's very up front with you about the way things are," Goldman said. "There isn't going to be any trickery with him and he's not going to fill your mind with a bunch of fake promises. He's not going to sell you any dreams."

Goldman says he plans on being in Tallahassee until Friday after seeing Alabama earlier in the week. He also plans on a second trip to the Southeast to see more schools.

"I'll probably check out Auburn, Georgia, Miami and South Carolina the next time I'm in the area," Goldman added.

Expect Goldman to take an official to FSU, and he could choose Sept. 17 when the Seminoles host Oklahoma. The Under Armour All-American is eyeing a decision in late September or October but doesn't have a date in mind.

"At the end of the day I just want to go to a place where I'm surrounded by good people," Goldman said.

Burns emerges as a new face

Class of 2013 quarterback prospect Ryan Burns (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) will be headed back to his home state of Virginia for the Top Gun showcase, but before he did the 6-5, 210-pounder wanted to throw under the watchful eye of Fisher and FSU assistants James Coley and Dameyune Craig.

"I started off a little sluggish to be honest," Burns said. "But the coaches showed me a couple of things and everything got better."

Burns already has offers from Virginia, Boston College, Stanford and Rutgers and has visited NC State and Penn State during the spring.

Ryan Burns
Courtesy of Corey LongRising junior QB Ryan Burns is one to keep a close eye on.

An offer from FSU could be coming soon and it's something the rising junior is trying not to think about.

"I don't want to get too excited thinking about it," Burns said. "It's still early in my recruitment and I'm a little more focused on trying to have a good junior season."

That being said, there's no doubt that Burns has plenty of respect for the FSU program.

"I am a big fan of Christian Ponder and Chris Weinke, they are two players I admire a lot," Burns said. "And there's a great tradition of quarterbacks here that anyone would want to be a part of."

Notes

• Also working out with the quarterbacks during the late evening session was rising senior Gunnar Holcombe (Davie, Fla./University) and Class of 2013 prospects Pete DiNovo (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Kevin Olson (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills).

• Although FSU invited wide receiver Neal Cunningham (Pompano Beach, Fla./Pompano Beach) to work out Wednesday, the 6-1, 190-pounder might be heading to a school close by.

"I have an offer from FAMU," Cunningham said. "That's my only offer but Minnesota, Western Kentucky and a few other [FCS] schools are talking to me."

• One player to keep an eye on is running back Alexander Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), as the Class of 2013 prospect made some dazzling moves during the evening session of "Noleball."

"I didn't play last season because I transferred from Dillard [Fort Lauderdale, Fla.]," Collins said. "But Coach [Eddie] Gran asked me to come out and I wanted this experience."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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