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January 23, 2013
Tight end makes the switch from Miami to FSU
St. Petersburg, Fla. three-star tight end Jeremy Kerr was committed to Miami since last summer. But after taking an official visit to Florida State a few weeks ago, Kerr started to have a change of heart. This morning, Kerr switched his commitment from the Hurricanes to FSU.
He confirmed the switch to Warchant.com via text.
"Yes sir I'm now committed to Florida State."
Florida State gets a versatile athlete and blocker, whether that comes at offensive tackle or his natural position at St. Petersburg high school in tight end. His head coach Joe Fabrizio feels that Kerr can play either at a high level.
"His number one thing is the intensity in having an edge, a competitiveness to him. Right now in talking with FSU it's exclusively at tight end, as a blocking tight end. But he could also grow into the tackle position as well," Fabrizio said. "As a blocker he does a great job locking onto people, moving them around and clearing a path. I think that goes back to his days as a catcher for baseball with his footwork in being agile, athletic for his size as that's when we really started seeing what a great blocker he can be."
As a receiving tight end, Fabrizio says that while the team doesn't throw the ball well, Kerr does a great job at getting separation when called upon in those situations.
"He's very fluid with his routes and very athletic as I've mentioned. He gets off the line well, sheds the blocks and has some very good hands," he said. "That also can be attributed to him playing baseball as a catcher where he has solid instincts."
As far as the decision goes to ultimately pick the Noles over the Canes, Fabrizio said it wasn't an easy decision. The upcoming sanctions for Miami were a concern, but that it was a lot of things as a whole that drove Kerr to Tallahassee to play for the Noles.
"He actually told me about the decision yesterday. I wasn't surprised because I think he was truly committed to Miami, but the impending sanctions and other things weighed on him. I know he really enjoyed his visit to Florida State when he was there the other week," Fabrizio said. "It was a comfort thing for him and he connected well with the players there. He was able to compare apples to apples with the two schools and felt more comfortable at FSU. He has built a great relationships with the new staff."
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