Top-rated 2016 WR Nate Craig-Myers (Fla.) recruited hard by Florida State despite commitment to Auburn

Top-rated 2016 WR Nate Craig-Myers (Fla.) recruited hard by Florida State despite commitment to Auburn


Top-rated 2016 WR Nate Craig-Myers (Fla.) recruited hard by Florida State despite commitment to Auburn


Nate Craig-Myers poses for a photo during FSU's junior day event on Satuday. (Photo: Dustin Tackett/For the Democrat)

Nate Craig-Myers poses for a photo during FSU’s junior day event on Satuday. (Photo: Dustin Tackett/For the Democrat)

Auburn wide receiver commit Nate Craig-Myers has taken visits to Florida State during football game days, and already had a preconceived notion of what to expect of the FSU campus.

But on Saturday during his visit to FSU for the Seminoles’ second consecutive junior day weekend, Craig got a chance to see the campus outside of the typical game-day setting, spend time with the Seminoles coaching staff and his cousin on the team, and got a chance to see what it would be like if he were to flip his pledge to Florida State.

“When I walked in, it was just like I felt (at) home,” he said, crediting the family-oriented atmosphere at FSU.

Craig-Myers, who is rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports’ composite rankings, spent time meeting with FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, who both showed him he was the No. 1 receiver they are recruiting in the Class of 2016.

Craig-Myers enjoys the fact Dawsey is still recruiting him fairly hard despite his commitment to Auburn.

“(Dawsey) was just showing me ways I can fit into the offense and just telling me if I come in I’ll play right away,” Craig-Myers said. “A lot of coaches will tell you that, but he’s true to his word.

“I feel like if I come in a fight for a position, I could get in the rotation.”

Craig-Myers, who attends Tampa Catholic High School, also likes the fact FSU runs a pro-style offense. Auburn, with Nick Marshall as its starting quarterback, has ran more of a spread attack in previous seasons.

“If you’re a playmaker, the school will find a way to get you the ball,” Craig-Myers said. “There’s an advantage here (at FSU) because it’s a pro-style and that’s what they run in the NFL.”

Craig-Myers visited FSU with his half-brother Jayvaughn Myers and got to spend time with his cousin and former Tallahassee Godby linebacker Jacob Pugh.

“He just told me that Coach Fisher and all the other coaches are going to keep it real with me,” Craig-Myers said of his time with Pugh. “It’s just a nice campus and family atmosphere.

“(Pugh is) not pushing me to come here. He just wants me to make the best decision.”

Craig-Myers said his commitment to Auburn is “still going pretty good” and “it’s still a good fit.” He’s being recruited by Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who coached at FSU from 2010-2012.

Craig-Myers said he wants to take another visit to FSU during one of the Seminoles’ spring practices and “for the spring game, for sure.” In the meantime, he doesn’t have any other visits elsewhere officially planned, but intends to visit Florida of the Gators’ junior day.

“I’m just glad that I got up here, really,” Craig-Myers said. “Just to get the feel for it. I’ll be talking to my mom and see where it goes from there.”

FSU defensive end commit Janarius Robinson, from Panama City Bay High School, came up for the day and took in the men’s basketball game against Louisville with Fisher and defensive ends/linebackers coach Brad Lawing.

Robinson said he got a quick chance to chat with Craig-Myers and got to have “normal conversation” with Lawing, who did not have much of a previous relationship with Robinson.

Robinson said Lawing reassured him that he would be coaching at Florida State for the foreseeable future.

“He’s a funny guy,” Robinson said of Lawing. “I like someone that I feel comfortable with and someone I’d want to play my entire college career.

“He told me this is the last place he plans to be at. I feel comfortable knowing I’m going to a place that the coach isn’t planning on leaving.”

The Seminoles got a commitment from kicker Kevin Robledo, who could enroll in June as a preferred walk-on player. Robledo attends the same California high school FSU quarterback commit Malik Henry transferred from to enroll at Bradenton’s IMG Academy. Robledo was named an Army All-American last season.

Henry was not at FSU’s second consecutive junior day, but is expected to be on campus sometime during spring practice, which begins on March 18 for the Seminoles.



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