Aug. 9, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles finally got the opportunity to begin preparations for the 2000 season Wednesday. Head coach Patrick Baker put his returning players and the nation’s 13th best recruiting class through the first three-a-day practice of the season.
“Overall I am very pleased with today’s practice.” Baker said. “The level of our first training session, especially our first game situation tonight, showed me individually and collectively we are already better off now than we probably were three weeks into the season last year.”
The Noles started with a fitness and conditioning session at 7:00 a.m. and then reconvened at 9:00 a.m. for their first practice. Baker’s team spent two hours working on fundamentals and technical drills before scrimmaging at the Seminole Soccer Complex at 5:00 p.m.
This was the first chance coach Baker had to see his top-ranked recruiting class since he began recruiting them more than a year ago. “You can actually start to recruit a player July 1st. Usually by November 1st your players have verbally committed to you and then you are waiting until February to sign them. Then you have to wait another seven months until August to get them on campus,” explained Baker.
One of the squad’s top-rated recruits, Emma Breland, feels good about the camaraderie that is already developing among Florida’s best recruiting class. “We are sticking together because we are the freshmen. It seems like we are going to blend in pretty well. Right now we are just having fun together.”
The Seminoles will continue three-a-days for the rest of the week before beginning two-a-days on Monday.