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FSU keeps home another local

Florida State landed their 19th commitment for 2014 on Friday when Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian three-star running back Jonathan Vickers pledged to the Seminoles.

Vickers has been a regular at FSU this summer.

Vickers announced the decision on a local news station by donning a Florida State hat. He shared his reasons for selecting the Seminoles.

"(FSU's) reputation for academics is just incredible," Vickers said. "I love their coach, Jimbo Fisher, and running backs coach, Coach (Jay) Graham. I got to know those guys pretty well. So they were just family oriented. Facilities and everything. So that was pretty great."

He shared why he made the announcement at this time.

"I was glad to get this over with for my senior year," Vickers said. "So I could focus on my team and get (a) state championship, so we can become better as one and we can achieve as much as we can."

Vickers, who was present at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on both Wednesday and Thursday but did not participate, chose Florida State over a collection of offers. The official runner-up for his services was Louisville.

His commitment can be attributed to the efforts of head coach Jimbo Fisher as well as running backs coach Jay Graham and defensive coordinator, area recruiter Jeremy Pruitt.

“I speak to (area recruiter) Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and (running backs) Coach (Jay) Graham about the same amount,” Vickers said in a previous interview. “Coach Pruitt is my recruiting coordinator so I talk to him a lot and every time I talk with him he puts me on the phone with Coach Graham. We just talk about what is going on. I have a real good relationship with them.”

Vickers participated in the June camp and worked with his future position coach, Jay Graham, during the event.

“I have always heard a lot of great things about Coach Graham," Vickers said after the June camp. "I know he is a heck of a coach. So getting to come out here and work with him, getting a feel for how he coaches, was a pretty good day.”

He was familiar with Graham’s coaching style from multiple visits during FSU’s spring practices, but admitted that working with Graham at the June camp was a different experience.

“It is different when he is coaching you,” Vickers said. “You learn a lot of great things from him. He coaches you step-by-step. He focuses on the little things that are going to get you closer to where you can be and that much better.”

The 5-foot-11, 212-pound back is the first running back in Florida State’s 2014 class. The Seminoles would like a total of three backs in their 2014 class.

As a sophomore, Vickers rushed for 1,537 yards on 185 attempts. He scored 16 touchdowns on the ground. He also had 20 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns. He missed his junior season due to a broken leg suffered last August. He is fully recovered from that injury. During North Florida Christian’s spring game, Vickers rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of play. considers Vickers the No. 33 running back in the nation and No. 65 prospect from Florida.

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