A Familiar Face Returns
Class of 2023 defensive back Makari Vickers has made the short trek from John Paul II Catholic to FSU’s campus a handful of times over his time in Tallahassee, and the top-100 prospect did so again this weekend.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Vickers when speaking about the visit.
Building The Relationship
The time on campus was another opportunity to bond with defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, who Vickers shares the closest relationship with among the Seminoles’ staff.
“He’s a mentor,” said Vickers regarding Woodson. “Every time I talk to Coach Woodson, it’s hardly ever about football. It’s more about life after football, so he was trying to put me on game some of the stuff that I should do, concerning NIL and academics, and how that will help project my academic and off-field career.”
Meeting With Norvell As Well
Vickers also met with head coach Mike Norvell before departing from campus.
“It was fun as usual,” said Vickers regarding Norvell. “He’s a high energy guy. He’s always intense, so it’s fun to be around him.”
FSU’s Standings with the Blue Chip Prospect
Vickers explained where Florida State stands with him after the visit.
“I didn’t really put them into perspective, because I didn’t really want to stay home, but now that I’m coming back, getting on campus has really sparked and put it into consideration to stay home.”
Florida State has struggled to land top local prospects in recent years. Vickers talked about this phenomenon and where his head is as far as potentially staying in Tallahassee for college.
“I’m trying to stay balanced. You want to venture out, but at the same time, you kind of want to stay home with your parents because you never know.”
Vickers explained what he likes most about FSU as a program, currently. “The thing that attracts me the most would be the development. Coming in as a freshman, you have all the basic skills, but you come to FSU, and they’ll make you an elite corner.”
What can Florida State do to improve their standing with Vickers?
“They have to just keep developing, keep growing, keep putting players in the best position to make them better for their future.”
Vickers plans to unofficially visit Texas on the 22nd of January and Alabama on the 29th.
Vickers said he will take his official visits in the spring and summer, but he does not have a timeline set for when he will make his college decision.