2022 Florida LB Paras Clines Hoping for FSU Offer

2022 outside linebacker Paras Clines from Dixie County High in Cross City, FL is just getting started with his recruiting process. Now that September 1st has come and gone, the talented defensive standout is beginning to hear from schools over the country. One program, in particular, stands out at this time – we caught up with him to talk about that and to get the latest in his recruitment.

Football is back all over the country, and high school players from all over are getting back in the groove of things. Outside linebacker Paras Clines has been working hard as gets ready for his junior season.

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“We actually just had a long practice,” said Clines. “We’ve been doing workouts, offense and defense groups, special teams and group practices. We were in pads for the first time. Things are going good and we’re getting back into the groove.”

Clines is a recruit that will emerge over the next two years as he is also an excellent athlete along with being a good football player. 

“I play outside linebacker, defensive end, tight end, running back and I play quarterback in the wildcat,” explained Clines. “I don’t have any offers right now but I am getting a lot of interest. I’ve been able to work out a lot more since the pandemic started. I play baseball and basketball, too. I’ve been able to put on 15 pounds of muscle so I feel really good. My 9th grade year I was a varsity starter weighing 240 pounds. I’ve started working a lot more with our strength and conditioning coach and I’ve gotten better doing drills and working hard.”

There is one school at the moment that Paras would like to earn an offer from, and that is the in-state Florida State Seminoles. Clines said an offer from the Noles would go a long way in his recruitment and that he would consider making a pledge when the offer came through. 

“My coach told me Auburn and some other schools were showing interest but I wasn’t paying much attention, Clines said, “until he said he got a call from FSU. I’ve talked to Coach Marve on Twitter. He said they are going to keep me posted and that they want to get me there as soon as visits are allowed. They’re my #1 and I grew up liking them. An offer from them would mean everything – it is close to home, about 1 an hour and 30 minutes away. I could come home if something happened. I would probably commit right away and wrap up my recruitment when they offer. Honestly, I don’t want to go to another school as my heart is with FSU.”

It is not uncommon for in-state recruits to follow one of the three big time programs in Florida. There’s a lot of familiarity with the tradition, and also friends and oftentimes can go on and play for those schools.

“I’ve always liked the culture there,” explained Clines. “I’ve been to a lot of games. It has always been my dream to play college ball there.  I grew up with Cory Durden. He told me it is a fun place and that if you stick with it and get things done it is great. I feel like that offer is going to come soon. I am going to keep playing until it comes.”

As a sophomore Paras had 110 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries, 8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception on defense. On offense, he had 600 yards receiving and 8 scores as a tight end. 

Stay tuned as we will closely track Paras’ upcoming junior season and growing recruitment.

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