Most people figured Tallahassee North Florida Christian running back Jonathan Vickers was a lock to commit to Florida State’s 2014 recruiting class.

It wasn’t an automatic process, but most people were right. After mulling options from the list of 20 scholarship offers he had received, Vickers chose FSU over Louisville on Friday, committing to the hometown Seminoles during a local TV broadcast.

“It feels great. I’ve been getting a lot of love from the coaches and  the hometown fans and it just feels good to be the first running back to be committed to Florida State,” Vickers said.

He’s the 19th commitment to the Seminoles 2014 class, and the first running back since Miami Central’s Joseph Yearby decommited earlier this year. Yearby has repledged to Miami.

Vickers narrowed his choices to FSU, Louisville, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Ole Miss recently. Besides the Seminoles being the hometown team, Vickers said it was his area of academic interest that helped get FSU over the top. He plans to major in computer criminology.

“Academically, FSU is No. 1 in the country in the field I want to major in and their schedule of graduation  for athletes is just tremendous,” Vickers said.

The versatile 5-foot-9, 212-pounder, who is equally adept at catching balls out of the backfield as he is at running with them, said his relationship with running backs coach Jay Graham was also a key in his decision.

“I have a great relationship with Coach Graham and I’m looking forward to building an even better bond,” Vickers said.

Vickers, the No. 75-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100, said head coach Jimbo Fisher was happy to welcome him aboard.

“He was very excited and he told me since I live right here I can come up anytime I want to get to know everybody even more than I do now and study the playbook and start learning the system,” Vickers said.

Vickers missed almost his entire junior season, breaking his left leg in the 2012 opener against Tallahassee Maclay. He broke the tibia and fibula.

“Everything is great now. It feels good,” Vickers said of the leg, and he showed it in the spring game, rushing for 206 yards and four touchdowns.

As a sophomore he helped lead NFC to the state Class 2A  title. He ran for more than 1,500 yards and had 17 touchdowns.

“We should be pretty good,” Vickers said of this year’s squad. “We have a young offensive line, but we’re progressing. The spring game showed how much we’ve matured since last season. By the time playoffs come around, we’re going to be great.”

 

Florida State 2014 commitments (19)


DT Demarcus Christmas, 6-3, 285, Manatee
QB J.J. Cosentino, 6-5, 215, Pittsburgh (Pa.)
LB Kain Daub, 6-3, 240, Jacksonville Sandalwood
OL Alec Eberle, 6-5, 278, Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee