The Prospector: FSU recruits like DeAndre Johnson, Jacob Pugh excited after Clemson

As local residents, Pugh, as well as teammate Stephen Gabbard, a long-snapper committed to FSU, and running back Jonathan Vickers of North Florida Christian, get to be a part of all the hoopla that has become Florida State football this season.

They hear about it all the time at school and it's not always positive.

"I had a couple of Miami fans at school talking about this and that and how Miami is going to beat FSU," Pugh said.

Vickers said the same thing about the naysayers.

"I got a couple of friends who rival FSU and they were like, "Y'all are going to lose,' and 'You haven't played anybody good,' “ Vickers said, “and so I was like, 'Just watch.' "

Vickers said being in Tallahassee makes the experience of being committed to FSU that much more realistic.

"Yeah we get into a lot of the hype and people know us more," Vickers said of himself Pugh and Gabbard. "It's just crazy, people talking to us about FSU all the time."

Pugh also said FSU's dominance Saturday night made him feel that much more confident that he, too, can step right on the field at the next level.

"They made everything look easy," Pugh said. "It just made me a little more confident in what I can do."

Said Vickers: "Playing a game like that ... it just makes me that much more excited about being committed to FSU."

Adam Torres, a defensive tackle at Lake Mary is certainly anxious to get to Tallahassee.

"Oh yeah, definitely. The program has been on the rise and I can't wait to be a part of it," Torres said.

Houston resident Mavin Saunders, a tight end at the Kinkaid School, said he too enjoyed the beating the Seminoles put on Clemson, and he's hopeful that FSU does not stub its toe en route to a possible national-title showdown.

"I was really impressed. They went in there and took care of business," Saunders said. "I just hope they continue on and not let this get too big and stay focused and hopefully get to the championship game."

With FSU ranked No. 2 in the first BCS standings of the season, the 'Noles are on course for a possible showdown with two-time defending national champion Alabama.

"It's pretty cool," said Saunders, who is a native of the Bahamas. "They have great players and one of the best quarterbacks in the country and it's fun to watch. I just hope they can continue it so they can get a chance to beat Alabama in the championship.

"It would be really cool if they could win it all."


Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, Instagram at os_recruiting and on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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