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Recruits give thanks on Christmas

Christmas is a time that is spent with friends and family, while enjoying good company and being grateful for all that you have around you.

LB - Freddie Stevenson

Some of the top student-athletes in the nation spoke with Noles247 today and shared what they are thankful for at Christmas time, while mentioning their favorite gift that they received today.

Michael Johnson - FSU Commitment
Safety - Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for my loving family and friends.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
Waking up this Christmas and being with my family.

Freddie Stevenson - FSU Commitment
Linebacker - Bartow (Fla.) Bartow

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m just thankful to enjoy this Christmas with my family.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
My family is all I need.

Austin Golson - FSU Commitment
Prattville (Ala.) Prattville

ATH - John Franklin

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful that God sent his son to die on the cross.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
We haven’t opened gifts yet, so I don’t have a favorite yet.

Tyrell Lyons - FSU Commitment
Linebacker - Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for everything that the Lord has blessed me with, including my family and my talent on the football field.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
The Lord

John Franklin - FSU Commitment
Athlete - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for my family, my life, my healthy, my strength and my special talents on and off the field.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
A new pair of Beats and of course some cash.

DE - Da'Shawn Hand

Ryan Hoefeld - FSU Commitment
Center - New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for all of my family and friends and all the blessings and opportunities God has given me in life.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
An In-Dash for my truck.

DeAndre Johnson - FSU Commitment – 2015
Quarterback - Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
Christmas, as long as I can remember, hasn’t been about gifts. You come to realize around this time of year that you can’t expect anything, but to be thankful for seeing another year. It simply feels good to be healthy with my family.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
Just being with my family, that’s the best gift I can receive.

Da'Shawn Hand - 2014 FSU target
Defensive End - Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for my family and friends that I have and the talent that God has given me so far to play the sport I love.

CB - Priest Willis

Favorite Christmas Gift:
My Monster Beats Headphones

Priest Willis - 2013 FSU target
Cornerback - Tempe (Az) Marcos De Niza

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for all the great people that God put in my life to keep me on course to being a better man and pursuing my dream of being the best defensive back to play the game.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
My new laptop

Alex Collins - 2013 FSU target
Running Back - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for my family and friends.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
A new tablet, so now I can watch my highlights on YouTube in HD (laughs).

Jacob McCrary - 2014 FSU target
Wide Receiver - Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef

CB - D'Andre Payne

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for the blessing of being alive and also to have 18 division 1 football offers.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
The shoes and socks my girlfriend got me.

D'Andre Payne - 2014 FSU target
Cornerback - Washington (DC) Woodson H.D.

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
No gift can compare to my family. God has blessed me to have a family that supports me, motivates me and raises me to be the young man that I am today.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
My iPad.

Nigel Patten - 2014 FSU target
Cornerback - Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful that God blessed me with another Christmas to be with my family and friends. I’m also thankful for winning a state championship.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
Beats by Dre

QB - Kyle Lauletta

Ryan Switzer - UNC Commitment
Wide Reciever - Charleston (W.Va.) George Washington

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful that me and my family are all healthy and that my savior Jesus Christ died for us.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
My new iPad

Kyle Lauletta - RIchmond Commitment
Quarterback - Exton (Pa.) Downingtown East

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for all my family and friends that God has blessed me with.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
I got a large, framed picture of me playing football at Kottmeyer Stadium. It means a lot because I will look back at it and remember all of the brothers I made and all the memories we had.

John O'Korn - Houston Commitment
Quarterback - Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

What he is thankful for at Christmas:
I’m thankful for being able to spend this holiday season with my entire family and for all of the opportunities I’ve experienced.

Favorite Christmas Gift:
A new iPad

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