One of the top JUCO prospects in the nation for 2011 is Butler DE Cornellius Carradine. Originally from Taft High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass rusher was unable to qualify and landed in Butler, Kansas.
Today Noles247.com caught up with his uncle, Jesse Carradine, for the latest in his recruitment. Jesse has been the guardian of Cornellius since he moved in with him when he was around seven or eight years old. He is handling Cornellius’ recruitment as he focuses on his school work. Cornellius is expected to graduate in December.
“This week FSU came in and offered,” said Jesse Carradine. “He (Cornellius) is very interested to see what they have to offer. We are working on setting up an official visit right now with coach (Darin) Eliot at FSU.”
For now the only official visit Carradine has planned is a trip to USF in late October.
“Cornellius and I will be flying down to Tampa on October 30th.”
The Bulls were one of the first teams to offer and Jesse says Cornellius has a good relationship with their staff.
“I would say USF is his favorite right now. Its between USF and FSU. He was very interested in USF but it changed with the offer because now he is talking about FSU.”
“Cornellius has been in contact with Coach (Kevin) Patrick for a long time now. I know they have a great relationship.”
His uncle says Cornellius has offers from all over the country including Alabama, Kansas, Ohio State, Arkansas and Illinois. But he’s certain Cornellius is headed to play football somewhere in Florida.
“He’s getting interest from all over but he’s going to Florida for sure. I’m 100% sure on that.”
“There is something about Florida he’s always loved. We took him there as a kid, to Disney and Orlando. Maybe its from that, but he wants to move to Florida.”
Jesse says that he and Cornellius’ mom recently talked about where they think he should go.
“We talked last weekend and we don’t want him to come back here (Ohio). There is a lot of trouble here and we want him to just get away and move on with his life in a positive direction.”
As for now, Jesse says Cornellius has not mentioned being contacted by the University of Florida or the University of Miami.
“I’m pretty sure it’ll come down to USF and FSU. We’re going to set this visit (FSU), go on two trips and make a decision.”