Stone Mountain’s football coach had his phone ringing off the hook on Wednesday morning after linebacker Markuss Eligwe committed to Florida State over UGA and Florida.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, who has around 25 early scholarship offers, is considered to be the state’s top linebacker prospect by some.
“Sorry I couldn’t answer a few minutes ago,” Dante Ferguson said. “It was Florida. They wanted to know why Markuss picked Florida State over them. They said they aren’t going to give up on recruiting him.
“We’ll talk later on with [Eligwe]. I’m not going to try to talk him out of anything. If he’s happy with Florida State, then he made the right choice. I’m just going to let him know other schools are going to come after him. It’s not over. In fact, this might make even more schools come after him.”
Along with the football opportunities, Eligwe picked FSU because of its criminology program. He made his college choice on Wednesday because it was his 17th birthday.
“Great education there and I value mine dearly,” Eligwe said.
“I felt great with Jimbo Fisher,” Eligwe said of FSU’s coach. “The defensive roster was broken down for me. They said I have a legit chance with my talent to play early.
The campus is nice, and where I would stay, I could make it feel like home … that pretty much covers it all.”
On Tuesday, Eligwe talked over the phone with UGA’s Mark Richt, who was lobbying for the Bulldogs.
“Florida State is getting a young man who is very smart in the classroom and on the football field,” Ferguson said. “He’s a born leader. He can take over a football game. He’s going to be 6-4 — and as fast as he is, that’s scary.”
Update: Eligwe told the AJC later on Wednesday that — while he is committed to Florida State, he still plans to take his five official visits to colleges as a senior.
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