Henry Orelus committed to Florida State last July after attending one of their camps. At the time it was a semi-surprise due to the talented lineman switching his commitment from the then defending national champions in LSU. After getting the chance to work with Coach Trickett at the camp, Orelus knew he wanted to be a Seminole. Since then the 3-star prospect completed his senior season and has remained committed to FSU.
"My senior year was disappointing in that we didn't win it all this year," said Orelus about his thoughts on how his senior year went. "We had it the talent, but we just didn't get it done. It wasn't all bad because we went undefeated in the regular season, but not winning states was bad."
Since the switch in commitments Henry has remained firm in his pledge to the Seminoles. This weekend he took his official to FSU, as he wanted to see what campus life was like and what it meant to be a player for one of the top programs in the nation.
"The visit was pretty good," said Orelus. "I got a chance to tour the campus, sit and talk to the coaches, meet and hang out with some players and just get a feel for what it is like to go to school there. I've been to the school, but I never had the chance to tour the campus. It's big and nice. I really liked it."
One of Orelus' main objectives was getting a chance to talk to Coach Trickett about the rumblings about his contract status and how long he'll be at FSU. While he wasn't at liberty to completely go into details, he did tell NoleDigest that he got his questions answered.
"I got the chance to talk to Coach (Trickett)," stated Orelus, "and that was important. He told me that what he said was between him and me and that he didn't want me to say what was going on, but I did get my questions answered. Coach has to do what he has to do, but I do feel comfortable with the future at FSU and I do feel comfortable with what he had to say. Coach is his own man and will do what he has to do."
Besides getting the opportunity to talk to the coaches at FSU Henry got a chance to meet and bond with a few players and recruits. He said he didn't really have any questions for Rodney Hudson because he had answers for most of them. What he liked was hanging out with him.
"Rodney was my host for the weekend and that went well," explained Orelus. "I knew what I needed to know about FSU for the most part so I didn't have any questions for him, thus we pretty much hung out the whole time which was cool."
"I also got a chance to hang out with Lonnie Pryor and John Prior," continued Orelus. "I've known Lonnie for a while because we are two of the best players from our area. John seemed like a cool dude. We were talking about the future at FSU and how bright it is. The coaches feel like this class is a big piece to turning the corner, so it's cool to be apart of."
As with every Division 1 recruit, playing time is important. Knowing how their future is going to develop is vital when making the decision to sign with a school, and that aspect is something that Orelus and his future coaches talked about.
"I talked about playing time with Coach Trickett," stated Orelus. "Pretty much he was telling me that if I come in and bust my butt there is a chance I can play early. He said I have to come in, compete, and earn it. That is what I wanted to hear because I don't want anything handed to me. While we didn't talk about a certain position I hope that I can come in and play center. Right now I may play anywhere."
Overall the visit for Henry was what he needed to see from Florida State. He got the opportunity to experience FSU for a weekend, but was it enough. While he wasn't interested in explaining, he did tell NoleDigest there are a few schools he is still keeping in contact with.
"I already knew my decision coming into the visit so I just wanted to take my official to see if I can see myself living there, going to school and all of that," said Orelus. "I feel good about my decision right now. I'd give the visit a 10 overall. Still, I plan on making my decision on Signing Day. I don't really want to get into it but there a few more schools I am looking into. FSU is still #1 and there is a good chance I will sign there."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Orelus' decision, as well as the rest of the recruits for the 2009 recruiting class.