When Island Coast (Cape Coral, Fla.) defensive end Aaron Lynch announced in the schools auditorium, on Tuesday, his plans to attend Florida State the crowd erupted.
Sitting quietly at the end of the front row was teammate Mario Pender. He wasn’t as boisterous as the rest of the crowd, but the smile on his face said it all.
“I’m lovin this,” said Pender.
“Every day in practice I was on him to come to Florida State with me. Even back when he was committed to Notre Dame I was workin him.”
Pender is a year younger than Lynch, he committed to FSU a month ago and is the third commit in the Noles 2012 class. It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be reunited with his defensive counter-part.
“This really makes me focus. Knowing that as soon as I get there, Lynch will be waiting. It’ll feel like family.”
Since his commitment to Florida State, the 6-foot; 185-pound speedster has kept in close contact with the FSU staff. Pender says he’ll call the staff about once a week.
“I’ve been keeping in touch with Hudson. I talked to him after the Clemson game and he was still pretty excited.”
What was Pender’s thought when he saw the kick go through the uprights from 55-yards out?
“I wish it would have done that the week before, too!”
“It was awesome though. I was at my Grandma’s house with all my family and we were screaming, it was great.”
Pender says he and Lynch will travel together, as FSU commits, to the Florida/Florida State game on November 27th.
“Can’t wait for that one!”