Nick Waisome joins FSU's great class

Florida State's 2011 recruiting class, already ranked third in the country, just keeps getting better. And this time it comes at the expense of in-state rival Florida and new coach Will Muschamp.

Capitalizing on a second chance, the Seminoles snagged four-star cornerback Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake) from the Gators on Monday.

Waisome, who is No. 64 in the ESPNU 150, is the 22nd player -- and the 11th from the ESPNU 150 -- to commit to the Seminoles. He took an official visit to Tallahassee on Dec. 10 and followed with an official last weekend in Gainesville.

Gators coaches were hoping Waisome's trip and visit with Muschamp would reaffirm his commitment. Instead Waisome decided that Florida State was the better fit.

"In the end I wanted to look at both schools equally as if I wasn't committed," Waisome said. "So I went on a visit to FSU last weekend and one to Florida this weekend and compared everything. Once I sat down with my family and discussed everything, it pointed to FSU being the best situation for me."

Waisome had a relationship with the FSU coaches during his original recruitment and taking an official visit to Tallahassee solidified that.

"It was nice to get a chance to meet with the coaches in a one-on-one environment and talk about everything," Waisome said. "We discussed schemes and how they use their cornerbacks and everything the program has to offer."

Waisome was recruited by defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot and met with defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and coach Jimbo Fisher on his trip.

Waisome, who committed to the Gators in December, said things changed when coach Urban Meyer resigned. He said that had Meyer not resigned he would have stayed with the Gators.

"I had no plans to visit anywhere until Coach Meyer resigned," Waisome said. "Changes were made and I felt like I had to also look at my options."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder had no negative words for Muschamp.

"I think he's a good guy, he'll do well at Florida," Waisome said.

Waisome's announcement came on the first day of the dead period (when coaches cannot contact players) and could eliminate Florida's chance to respond.

"The thing I found most interesting is that he got everything done before the dead period," said ESPN's national director of recruiting Tom Luginbill. "Making the change right now allows Nick to have some time to let his decision settle in for a couple of weeks."

Waisome plans to be an early enrollee and will arrive in Tallahassee in the second week of January. In the meantime, he's going to be working the phones to help his new program bring in even more talent. He didn't name specifics about who he'd be calling, but there's plenty of speculation that four-star safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix would be on that list.

"I have friends in the local area and they are looking around also," Waisome said. "And of course I want to play ball with my friends and I'm going to do what I can to help them come to where I am so we can do this together."

That's just fine with Florida State, which is far from finished on the recruiting trail. The Seminoles are heavily in the mix for ESPNU 150 recruits Nick O' Leary (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez), Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) and Jermauria Rasco (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian).

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.