TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Among the visitors for Florida State's Junior Day on Saturday was Hampton (Va.) Phoebus wide receiver Romond Deloatch. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder enjoyed his trip to the Sunshine State and his time on campus with the Seminole coaching staff.
"I liked it a lot," Deloatch said. "It was nice here. I drove down with my family to the Junior Day and I learned a lot here. Florida State is not all about football, they learn about their players and they focus a lot on academics. The coaches are wonderful, respectful, and they keep it real with the players. They don't tell you what you want to hear, they tell you what is real."
During the visit, Deloatch spoke one-on-one with head coach Jimbo Fisher.
"I had a chance to talk to him," Deloatch said. "He said he saw some of my films and he wants to see some more. He wants to see a little more film and my coach is going to send that to him. I will be straight once I get more film to them. He basically liked me."
He also had a chance to speak at length with wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
"He is a pretty good coach too," Deloatch said. "He attended here, pretty sweet actually, that he played here and is now coaching here. He gave me a couple of pointers and just told me to keep my head up and keep working at what I do. He told me good luck no matter where I go and to think academics first."
Deloatch mentioned Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia, Penn State, and East Carolina as some of the schools heavily pursuing his services at this time. While he is getting interest from a number of schools closer to home, for Deloatch his attention is on Tallahassee.
"Florida State is my school that I really want to go to," Deloatch said. "They are the main school that I look at out of all the ACC schools. I have a couple schools on me real hard but Florida State is the one that I really like and that is why I was willing to sacrifice my time and drive down here for 12 hours."
"They stand out a lot to me," Deloatch added. "I am going to keep it real, I like their uniforms a lot. I also like the school, when I was growing up I would always use them on video games. I just wanted to take a chance and come down here to see what it was really about. It was even better than I thought it would be. There was a whole lot about academics and I want to be a coach, they spoke to me about that. They said they want to get me to the league, but that isn't guaranteed, so they also want to prepare me to be successful in life."
At this point, Deloatch does not hold an offer from the Seminoles, but he hopes to change that in the coming months.
"This is where I really want to be," Deloatch said. "I am going to try my best to get there. I plan to come back, hopefully for the spring and show them what I can do in person."
Deloatch intends to return in June or July for a session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.
In addition to his trip to Florida State, Deloatch has previously visited the campuses of Duke and Virginia.