TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Things have changed dramatically in Tallahassee since the last time defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) visited Florida State.
For starters, the No. 2 coach all-time in wins, Bobby Bowden, was at the helm. And he's also turned into a four-star prospect and a member of the ESPN 300.
"I came as a freshman to a game, but it wasn't for like a recruiting trip or anything," Sherit explained.
"That was back when Bowden was here and I had met Coach [Jimbo] Fisher, who was the [offensive coordinator] at the time, and it has changed a little bit, but it is a great place. I am excited to build some relationships with the coaches. I am just glad to be here."
Having left the Seminoles' campus with a confirmed offer, it shows the initiative of the coaching staff to get back into the race for his signature. A conversation earlier in the day got the ball rolling.
"Coach Fisher asked me, 'Are we still in it? Do we still have a shot?' " Sherit recalled. "I told them definitely. I am still undecided and I am still looking for that school and I want to check it out. If there wasn't a shot, I wouldn't have come here."
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound defensive end mentioned Notre Dame as a school that is coming on with a sense of urgency for him. The Fighting Irish, it seems, are benefitting from some relationships forged out in Oregon during The Opening earlier this summer.
"I visited there last summer, but it has kind of been jumpstarted by the relationships I have built at The Opening with some of these guys," Sherit said. "They are very similar to me. They have the same attributes that I have. Now I am trying to get up there again -- the last time I went up there, the coaches were on vacation."
Sherit confirmed with Jimbo Fisher Camp wrapping up, he is done with trips for the summer as he begins to prepare for his senior season with his Hillsborough teammates.
The next order of business, on the recruiting side at least, is to decide on official visit destinations. Florida State, he said, is in the running for one.
"Now it is just time to make some officials and cut down the list and try to get this recruiting process done with," Sherit said.
Sherit claims offers from schools such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee among others.