TALLAHASSEE — Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State University School four-star defensive athlete Raymond Woodie III made his way to Florida State this weekend for his official visit.
As the son of the current linebackers coach for the Seminoles, he is obviously very familiar with the football program and the University. That being said, he tried to approach this weekend with a sort of a blank slate.
“I acted like I haven’t been here,” Woodie III said. “Acted like I didn’t know anything.
“It went pretty good. It was fun,” Woodie III added. “It is always good to come back. It is kind of like I’ve been here before, so there was a lot of stuff I knew. So I just furthered my knowledge of it.”
One thing that was clear to the 6-foot-1, 192-pound athlete after the visit was his future position if he ends up as a Seminole.
“Safety,” Woodie III said of where he would line up at in Tallahassee. “A lot in the middle of the field, man-to-man, stuff like that. A lot of different positions. And possibly returning kicks.”
Woodie III had a well developed relationship with defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett, as well as numerous other members of the staff.
“I have a real good relationship with Coach Barnett, Coach Odell [Haggins], Coach Mario [Edwards Sr.], just all of the coaches really – Coach T [Willie Taggart], we go way back, so it is like family here,” Woodie III said. “My dad did step back and just let them recruit me. So it has been kind of fun.”
With his father being a member of the staff, does Woodie III feel pressure to wear Garnet and Gold in college.
“I feel like I’m independent of it. I don’t really feel a lot of pressure,” Woodie III said.
“I feel like it would be fun,” Woodie III added of playing at the school where his father coaches. “They promised that he will be like away from me, let the position coaches coach me.”
All that being said, exiting his official visit, he isn’t ready to commit. He isn’t sure where he will call home just yet.
“I still don’t,” Woodie III said if whether or not he had made a decision. “It is going to be a tough decision. After today I just have to back up and look at everything else.”
Woodie III said the schools in consideration, beyond FSU, include Cal, Louisville and Ole Miss. Woodie III only took officials to FSU and Louisville – under their previous staff.
“The main things are just how I can see myself coming in and playing, I feel like anywhere I go I am going to come in and make an impact early,” Woodie III added on picking a particular school. “It is kind of just how I feel about it and where I am most comfortable at.”
Woodie III will sit down with his parents, potentially on Sunday evening, and work towards making his final decision.
“Probably when my dad gets home, we’ll talk about it as a family,” Woodie III said.
Woodie III plans to sign on Wednesday at a to be determined time.
He will enroll at his school of choice in January.
The 247Sports.com Composite considers Woodie III the No. 27 safety in the nation. He is ranked No. 317 overall.