'Noles Cash in on South Florida Talent

Xavier Rhodes

Saturday turned out to be a huge day for the Seminoles. The day started off with the commitment of Lonnie Pryor who most had expected to be a Seminole for some time now. It was the two commitments that followed that surprised most.

In a recent interview with NoleDigest.com, Xavier Rhodes of Miami Norland High School said he was taking his time with his recruitment and taking it slow. He was asked about being a possible silent commitment to Florida State, but denied the rumors.

"I'm not a silent commitment to anyone. With Florida State things are the same and they're my leader still because I like the coaches there a lot. I think they're looking at me as a defensive back. I don't mind where I play there as long as I get a chance to get on the field. They came to see me at my spring game so that was cool. I'm trying to keep things open and I'm just taking it easy right now. West Virginia , Miami , LSU, Alabama .

What a difference a few weeks make. Late Saturday night, Rhodes ended any rumors of being a silent commitment to the ‘Noles and made it known to everyone.

Simply put, all Rhodes had to say was, "I have decided to commit to Florida State ".

Following the announcement of Rhodes commitment, another South Florida prep star decided to make it official that he wanted to be a Seminole.

Rodney Smith of Archbishop Carroll High School in Miami , who is one of the top receivers in the country, is now a Seminole.

The Scout.com's 11th rated receiver in the country made it official Saturday night that he wanted to suit up in garnet and gold when he plays college football.

"It's official," Smith said, "I'm committed to Florida State … I was talking to my mom today and told her to see what she thinks and she said she'll back me with it"

As to why Smith chose FSU over his other top two schools in Auburn and Tennessee ; Smith said it was his future coaching staff that made the biggest impact on his decision.

"I really like Coach Fisher and Coach Coley and they liked me." Smith told NoleDigest.com. " Florida State came at me the hardest with recruiting. They were going out of their way to try and get me to play for them. They told me that I could be a starter my first year if I work at it."

As for future plans, Smith says he still plans on taking all of his official visits this season. Seminole fans can breath easy however as Smith says, "I'm 100% committed to Florida State ."

Rodney will now focus on finishing up his senior season before he makes his way to Tallahassee in 2009. He says he will not be an early enrollee but did have a few words for the Seminole fans everywhere.

"I'm going to come in, make an impact early and help the Seminoles win a national championship."

Rhodes and Smith mark commitments number 17 and 18 for the Seminoles. Look for FSU to continue hitting the recruiting trail hard as NoleDigest follows every step of the way.

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