Why Florida State Should Worry That Miami Is Trying to Flip C.J. Worton

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMarch 29, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 20:  Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden shakes hands with Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher after a game at Sun Life Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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C.J. Worton is a 3-star wide receiver recruit who's currently committed to Florida State, but the Miami Hurricanes may have something to say about that before all is said and done. 

Worton has been committed to Florida State since August of 2012. As we all should know though, anything in recruiting can change in the blink of an eye. The trick for Florida State will be keeping him committed.

That's why it's worth noting that the Miami Hurricanes just recently offered Worton, and he has an established relationship with former Seminoles coach and now current Hurricanes offensive coordinator James Coley. Worton talks about the offer, per Corey Dowlar of ESPN:

"It is very interesting," he said. "I wasn't expecting at first. I knew Coach Coley was there and I like Coach Coley, but it just came out of the blue, truthfully, for me." 

Worton's relationship with Coley is already established. He knows what he is dealing with there. 

But meeting the rest of the coaching staff was important. 

"I have met almost the whole coaching staff," Worton said. "They are characters. They are funny people. The whole time, they were just joking around and had a smile on their face. They just looked like they were having a good time." 

According to Dowlar's report, there could be reason for Florida State to worry now that Miami has entered the picture: 

For now, Worton is still committed to Florida State. But he does admit that he might have a tough decision on his hands when next February comes around. 

"Of course, the decision is going to be tough, but it does make it a little bit tougher," he said. "It makes you think about what schools you fit in at. Right now, I still feel like Florida State is the leader, but Miami, it blew my mind when I got the offer."

Miami throwing its hat into the ring is very big, and at the very least, it's something for the Seminoles to worry about a bit.

Miami has had its fair share of problems in the past few seasons, but there's a trend developing on the recruiting trail right now, and that trend is that Miami seems to be becoming a factor again. Al Golden seems to be the right guy to turn the program around, and the future is much brighter than the past few seasons have been.

The Hurricanes already have a good core of 2014 commitments, highlighted by 5-star running back Joseph Yearby, and Miami is still targeting a handful of other big-time recruits. 2014 could end up being a great cycle for Miami, and if Golden can get better results on the field, the program could slowly but surely start turning around. 

I'm starting to think that recruits are noticing this trend, and momentum is huge in recruiting. Worton could be one of those swayed recruits when all is said and done, and at the very least, Miami appears to be in a good position to try to make that happen.

Considering the aforementioned hype, plus Worton's connection to coach Coley and the fact that Homestead, Florida is only about a half hour away from Coral Gables, there's a lot going for Miami in this recruiting race.

Miami may not get a flip, but at the very least the Seminoles need to be worried that Golden and his staff appear to be trying to sway Worton away from FSU.


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