MELBOURNE, FLA. - Two years ago today a young defensive back named Derwin James committed to Florida State. At the time James was nothing more than a well-built freshman that had a lot of potential and no real position. Most recruiting analysts and even fans scoffed at the idea of a prospect sticking to his commitment for nearly three years.
Fast forward two years and Derwin James will enter his senior year as a five-star recruit and the nation's no.1 safety prospect.
This offseason James took his commitment to the next level by getting a tattoo of the Seminoles emblem on his left shoulder.
"FSU has always been my dream school and I got it inked up on me now," James added. "I showed coach Odell (Haggins) the tattoo when he came by my school. He said it was real nice. When I go to Junior Day I'm going to show coach Fisher."
Since getting the tattoo James has been constantly reminded of another recruit who got a tattoo entering his senior year, Rueben Foster. Foster, a Auburn commit at the time, infamously got a rather large Auburn Tiger tattoo on his forearm, only to end up signing with the rival Alabama Crimson Tide.
"I've heard his name a lot since I got it done," James just days before the two year anniversary of his commitment. "I've heard it a lot, but that won't be the case at all. I'm not switching. I'm a man of my word."
James will be in Tallahassee this weekend for the third consecutive year to attend Florida State's Junior Day. James says he's already seen everything there is to see, he's taking the trip to spend time with the coaches and help FSU recruit.
Derwin James will enroll early at Florida State, he's a five-star prospect, the nation's top safety recruit and the 24th best player overall.
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