Tim Jernigan is getting closer to his decision, and after his recent trip to Florida State, nothing seems quite clear with Jernigan’s recruitment.
Before Jernigan left for Tallahassee over the weekend, Columbia High coach Craig Howard said Jernigan told Florida coach Will Muschamp that he would visit Florida either officially or unofficially this week.
Howard, who has been out of town for a couple of days, said Tuesday he hasn’t spoken to Jernigan in a couple of days, but still expects him to make it to Gainesville before National Signing Day (Feb. 2).
“He told them that he was unofficially going to come down there, so I’m pretty sure he’s going to do that,” Howard said. “I don’t know why that would be off, because he said he would do that. Hopefully he will fulfill his word.”
Howard said Jernigan was leaning toward FSU before his visit.
Howard also said rumors that Jernigan purposely avoided Florida coaches who visited his school earlier this month were false. Jernigan was taking a test when defensive line coach Bryant Young arrived.
The two have spoken since.
Jernigan’s recruitment only intensifies when he gets home. Howard said he believes Jernigan’s parents have their hearts on different schools. Howard said Jerningan’s mother prefers Florida State, while his father likes Florida.
“That’s a difficult deal,” Howard said. “It will be interesting.”
That doesn’t mean LSU and Tennessee are out of it. There is still a lot of interest in LSU and coach Les Miles from Jernigan, and there’s still a chance Jernigan could still officially visit Tennessee this weekend.
As of Wednesday, Jernigan hadn’t come to a decision about his final visit.