Javonte Seabury didn’t waste much time turning his allegiance. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster from Orlando Timber Creek, committed to FIU Sunday night, one day after decommitting from Florida State.
It’s a sudden and somewhat drastic change to go from a commitment to a BCS program to Conference USA-member FIU, but Seabury said he wanted to play somewhere in college where he was sure he could get on the field early.
“I’ve been thinking about them for a couple of weeks now,” said Seabury, who is currently ranked No. 22 in the Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super60. “FIU is known for playing young guys. The whole team is young. So, I thought when I get there I can be the man ... be that guy.”
Seabury, whose younger brother Jacques Patrick is the No. 1-ranked player in the Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60 for 2015, said he liked what he saw in the Panthers’ coaching staff. He was offered by first-year FIU head coach Ron Turner while in Miami for a camp about two weeks after committing to FSU in July. Besides FIU and FSU, he also has offers from Miami, Kent State, Ball State, Tulane, Georgia Tech, Western Michigan, Cincinnati and South Alabama
“I like the fact that the coaches are great and they have good coaching experience,” Seabury said. “All the coaches there are new. They got there in January. I just like the facilities there and the atmosphere. They really make me feel at home.”
Seabury said it also helps that FIU is the closest school to Orlando of all the colleges that offered him scholarships.
“I don’t want my mom to have to travel too far to come see me,” Seabury said.
Seabury, who had to leave Timber Creek’s 35-0, season-opening loss to Dr. Phillips early Friday night due to cramping, is likely to play slot receiver in college.
“Right now they’re talking about slot and playing running back, but they haven’t talked about defense,” Seabury said. “I’m about to be playing safety a lot this year so it wouldn’t surprise me.”
National Signing Day is still five months away, but Seabury said he is comfortable that he can stay the course with this commitment.
“I’m done, man. Right now I’m just worried about my season,” he said . “Yeah, it’s a long time until signing day and anything can happen, but right now I’m for sure solid with FIU. I just feel like I have a better opportunity there.”
Seabury is the 16th commitment to the FIU 2014 class and second Orlando senior to pick the Panthers, joining First Academy offensive lineman Chris Miller.
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