Posted: 9:18 am Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Don’t expect a slew of de-commitments from Florida State if Bobby Bowden retires today.
Multiple sources tell the Post that Bowden will step down this morning, but it appears that will not affect the two local players committed to Florida State. Glades Central WR Greg Dent and Pahokee WR De’Joshua Johnson, both of whom have said they will play for the Seminoles next year, were not surprised by the news.
One of Florida State’s biggest advantages in recruiting the past few seasons was that it could send coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher on the road to recruit, so prospects already are very familiar with him.
“During my recruiting process, they were telling me (Bowden) wouldn’t be there long, so I really based my decision on Jimbo Fisher,” said Johnson, who announced his decision in June. “They said I’d start with Bobby, but finish with Jimbo.
“I’m not really upset about it. I feel like (Bowden) was already going to leave anyway.”
Johnson (5-10, 163, 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, No. 7 on The Big Board) is still considering offers to play at Alabama and South Florida.
Johnson said one negative perception of Bowden was that he was against playing true freshmen.
Dent initially committed to Miami, but switched to Florida State last week when the Seminoles offered him a scholarship as a receiver instead of a corner.
Dent (5-11, 182, 4.6, No. 20 on The Big Board) said Fisher called him before Friday’s game against Plantation-American Heritage and he already thought Fisher was in charge of day-to-day operations.
“It really doesn’t bother me,” Dent said of Bowden’s departure. “Some of the coaches were telling me Jimbo was calling the shots anyway.”
Rivals.com currently ranks Florida State’s incoming recruiting class No. 37 in the nation. The Seminoles do not have any five-star recruits and only three four-star players have committed.
In addition to Dent and Johnson, the Seminoles have made strong pursuits of Dwyer LB/S Matt Elam, Treasure Coast LB Jeff Luc, Atlantic WR James Louis and several other top local players.