Javonte Seabury and his younger brother Jacques Patrick have heard the chatter.
Seabury, a once unheralded, 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior slot receiver at Orlando Timber Creek, was offered a scholarship to play football at the University of Miami earlier this month.
It was his second Football Bowl Subdivision offer. First Kent State, then Miami. The message boards lit up.
Patrick (left with Jimbo Fisher), Seabury’s younger yet bigger brother at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, is the rushing phenom who had already racked up 45 Football Bowl Subdivision offers. The list included offers from every SEC school.
Seabury picked up his second BCS offer from Florida State on Wednesday, and Saturday he committed to be a member of the Seminoles’ 2014 recruiting class.
The message boards, again, lit up.
The theory, of course, is that Seabury is the bait for those who are chasing the services of the über-recruited Patrick, who is a junior. With FSU landing Seabury, it gives the Seminoles a leg up in the recruitment of his younger brother.
The brothers have expressed their interest in playing together in college, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up teammates. It’s also not a far-fetched idea to think that a school would bring in an older brother in order to lure a younger sibling.
The most recent accusations of such a practice flew two years ago when Ole Miss signed undersized linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche (5-11, 200) to lure star younger sibling Robert Nkemdiche. It worked out two-fold for the Rebs. Denzel Nkemdiche made several Freshman All-American teams last season and Robert Nkemdiche signed with Ole Miss in February.
Seabury is slated to sign with FSU on Feb. 5. He’s worked out for schools and shown his speed and ability to catch and run the football. On Monday, 247sports.com even upgraded Seabury’s rating to a four-star prospect on its five-star scale.
“I hear people saying that,” Seabury said of those who think he is being recruited to help lure his brother. “But I worked for what I’ve gotten. I’ve been running consistent 4.3[-second] 40s at camps. I’ve earned everything. These schools have been on me for a while. A school is not going to offer you just to be offering.
“I’m blessed and I feel good about what I earned. I’m pretty sure they want me there even if my brother wants to join me there or not.”
He was pleased to hear about his new four-star status on Monday.
“Sure, it feels good, but at the end of the day, it’s just rankings,” Seabury said. “I don’t care too much about it but that’s what they think. It doesn’t change who I am or nothing like that and I’m happy to be committed to Florida State.”
Being committed to FSU and having a 4-star rating will draw more attention this season for Seabury.
“I know I’m going to go out and prove myself, anyway. I just do what I do,” Seabury said. “I work out three times a day. I run stadiums three times a day. I wake up at 6 o’clock every morning and get after it. I go to sleep working. I know a lot of people will be looking to see if I’m doing good this year and that’s exactly what I am going to do.”
If the speedster’s spring game performance of five catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns is any indication, he’s in for big things in 2013.
Patrick knows what his brother can do.
“He worked hard for his offers. ... People are going to talk regardless of what you do,” Patrick said. “It doesn’t bother me as long as it doesn’t bother him. I’m happy for him. I’m happy he committed.
“It doesn’t put any extra pressure on me. I don’t know if [Javonte at FSU] will be a difference maker for me. I can’t answer that. Yeah, I’d like to play with him, but it doesn’t really put any pressure on me to do anything. I have my own decision to make.”
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