BRADENTON, Fla. -- Cornerback Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake), who has already been named to the roster for the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game, is attracting a few new, big-name suitors.
Georgia recently offered and Texas, which rarely even sniffs out-of-state prospects, is showing some interest.
"I've been talking to Texas, and Georgia actually just offered me," Waisome said. "I've spoken with [Bulldogs defensive backs coach] Scott Lakatos and my recruiter [UGA running backs coach Willie McClendon]. That's a school I am very interested in."
Waisome also had positive things to say about the interest from the Longhorns.
"It's a great opportunity to get interest from them," Waisome said. "It's a real good school and they send a lot of defensive backs to the league. It's something I want to look into. They have great history and tradition and they always have a chance to get a [championship] ring."
Southern California also has been showing some interest, along with North Carolina and Louisville. The Cardinals and former Florida assistant coach Vance Bedford, who developed a good relationship with Waisome when he was with the Gators, are expected to be big factors.
"I've been talking to Louisville a lot more since they offered," Waisome said.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder plans to check out some programs this spring and summer. He also will attend more combines. At this point, he is in no hurry to make a final decision.
"I plan to go to some campuses and maybe camp at some schools," he said.
Big attention for Blakely
Running back Mike Blakely (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) had nearly 2,000 yards of total offense in helping his team reach the Florida Class 5A finals last season. His accolades on the field have helped him to accrue a slew of early offers off of it.
"I came into high school hoping that I would get an offer from any good schools," he said. "Now, all of a sudden, they are just popping up and I have more than 20 offers, all Division I."
Early on, there are two programs that are sitting in good shape for the services of the 5-8, 193-pounder.
"There are a lot of schools that draw my interest," Blakely said. "But the only schools that I am really talking to right now are Clemson and Florida. I am interested in any school that comes at me, but I haven't been talking to a lot of coaches. Those two are showing me the most interest."
Blakely has always held the Gators in high regard and is a big fan of former Tigers running back C.J. Spiller, himself a native Floridian.
Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, South Florida, South Carolina, Rutgers, Iowa State, Minnesota and Syracuse are among the other offers for Blakely.
At this point, Blakely does not have any visits planned, but he did not rule out taking any in the immediate future.
Most schools are recruiting him at running back and want him to return kicks, something he particularly likes to do.
"It's just you against everybody else out there," he said.
FSU joins the pursuit of talented WR
Florida State is one of the most recent offers for wide receiver Ja'Juan Story (Brooksville, Fla./Nature Coast). The 6-3, 190-pounder also has offers from North Carolina, South Florida, Marshall, Florida International, Pittsburgh and others. Ohio State also has issued a verbal offer.
"Everybody in my family is a Florida State fan," Story said. "When I told my mom, she almost started crying. I was happy. Florida State is a good team. It was an honor to get it."
Story plans to make an unofficial visit to Florida State on Wednesday. Still, he isn't planning to make an early pledge.
"I am going to take it slow and get to know all of the coaches," he said. "I want to know about more than just football. I want to know about after football and what their program can do for me after my football career."
Grady updates his recruiting process
Quarterback Joshua Grady (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) stopped by the combine toward the end and gave an update on his recruitment.
"It's really exciting, but at the same time it can get nerve-wracking because all of the coaches try to talk with you," Grady said. "But I am liking the process overall."
"I like Wake Forest, Miami [Fla.], North Carolina and Stanford right now," he said.
Grady plans to visit multiple programs this summer.
"Academics are No. 1, definitely," he said. "Also, the style of offense that they run and my ability to get early playing time by my sophomore year."
Grady added that he plans to work on his footwork this summer, along with his mechanics.
• Class of 2012 defensive lineman Earl Moore (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) was excited about getting an early verbal scholarship offer from Florida State. "It's a great offer," he said. "I am going to look and see what's out there, but it's a great offer." Moore was impressive at the combine.
• Georgia and South Carolina have issued early verbal offers for Class of 2012 running back Matt Jones (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). "I really like Georgia and South Carolina," Jones said. "I grew up a Bulldogs fan along with some of my friends. They have great facilities and the academic situation up there is great. They help you get it right."
• Class of 2012 defensive end/outside linebacker Donte Fowler (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Catholic) stopped by the combine. The 6-3, 224-pounder said that Florida, North Carolina and Iowa State are showing him early interest. He had 42 tackles and 16 sacks as a sophomore.
J.C. Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.