Florida State Seminoles Thread
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Seminoles continue hitting the Carolinas
February, 8, 2013
By Corey Dowlar | ESPN.com
With the addition of the new coaches on staff, Florida State looks to be extending it recruiting reach back into the Carolinas.
Normally sticking to the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama over the last couple of cycles, there is renewed interest in the states all up and down the East coast.
Darin Smalls (Summerville, S.C./Summerville) was the latest to grab an offer from the Seminoles, and it was one that caught him somewhat off guard.
"I was very surprised because I didn't think that I was going to get looked at by any Florida schools," the 5-foot-11 cornerback said. "They sent me a letter one week, and then the next week they offered me, so that was pretty cool."
New tight ends coach Billy Napier, once a member of the Clemson coaching staff, is leading the charge.
He was responsible for the offer, while he and Smalls are still building a relationship.
"We messaged a couple times on Facebook, and I talked to him a couple of times on the phone," Smalls said.
Now that Florida State has expressed its interest, Smalls returned it in kind by scheduling an unofficial visit to Tallahassee on Feb. 23.
Smalls has offers Clemson, Virginia Tech and South Carolina, but FSU is now right up with the rest of them.
"Yeah, definitely it puts them right in there," he said.
At the next level, Smalls is looking for a blend that suits him.
"I just want to go to a strong program with good academics," said Smalls.
Smalls said he is looking from an offer from Florida as well. He also admitted that he would like to play in the state of Florida if it turned out to be the right situation for him.
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Noles 2013 snapshot: Levonte Whitfield
February, 8, 2013
By Corey Dowlar | ESPN.com
With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.
Vitals: Athlete Levonte Whitfield, Orlando Fla,/Jones, 5-foot-9, 175 pounds.
Committed: Aug. 13, 2012.
ESPN.com grade: 85, four-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 7 athlete in the country, No. 40 in the Southeast region, No. 20 in the state and No. 73 in the ESPN 150.
Picked Florida State over: Ohio State and Florida.
Signed: Florida State
Pos Rk Stars Grade Hometown
85 Orlando, FL
State of the position: Whitfield joins a deep group of wide receivers led by junior Rashad Greene. Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Dent, Jarred Haggins, Christian Green and Marvin Bracy are all there, too. Coupled with the signing of Isaiah Jones and Jesus Wilson in the same class, Whitfield has plenty of guys around him. And Jimbo Fisher has a lot of options.
ESPN.com scouting report: Whitfield is an undersized receiver with excellent speed on the field to be a home run threat and make plays in space. But he is also a candidate to play cornerback on the next level. As a receiver, he beats defensive backs to the edge and consistently pulls away from defenders at the high school level. He does not show great strength on the field. He displays unique burst to get to top end speed and exhibits excellent change-of-direction ability. Not asked to do a great deal reading coverage as a receiver. Body catcher at times as a short route receiver, but displays the ability to jump and extend to win the jump ball. He also displays great separation on a consistent basis. Will need to develop as a route runner at the next level. He gets his touches primarily from swing passes, vertical routes and hand offs at the high school level. Playmaker with the ball in his hands, he can turn the short pass into a big play. Very good ability to cut at top speed and make defenders miss. Biggest negative is too much east/west running that he gets away with because he is faster than everyone he is matched up against. Needs to add strength to be a consistent blocker, but shows all the toughness needed. He shows ideal traits on film to be a slot receiver at the next level. Would also project as a high level corner at the next level. As a defensive back, he shows very good recognition skills and very good toughness. He puts all his body into hits and will need to add some mass to hold up at the next level. Shows very good ball skills and great quickness to play tight man-to-man coverage. He could also provide instant impact as a return man. Size is Whitfield's only real physical limitation, but he is very impressive physically.
Expected impact: It's going to be hard for Whitfield to get into the traditional three and four-wide receiver sets. Where he could play right away is on special teams and in designed packages. The only hold up there is that Bracy is a similar player, so a redshirt could be in the cards depending on how fall camp goes. But Fisher does but a premium on speed, so if he thinks he can get on the field and contribute, he will.
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FSU after two more Tennesseans
February, 7, 2013
By Dave Hooker | ESPN.com
Florida State is making its presence felt in middle Tennessee.
First, the Seminoles landed four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, stealing him from USC on national signing day. Now, thanks, in part, to Ramsey's signing, the Noles could be close to landing two more highly regarded prospects from the Nashville area.
Pos Rk Stars Grade Hometown
83 Nashville, TN
Four-star running back Cornelius "Corn" Elder and 2015 cornerback Rico McGraw from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth said Florida State has recently started recruiting them. Elder, who will announce his college decision on Feb. 20, said he spent 30 minutes talking to Ramsey about the Seminoles on Tuesday. The two played together at Ensworth before Ramsey transferred following his sophomore season.
"I know him pretty well," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Elder said. "He's been blowing my phone up…He's trying."
Elder chose not to sign with a school on Wednesday, national signing day. He said he wasn't ready to make a decision. Elder said he is primarily considering Georgia Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Auburn, as well as a basketball scholarship from Purdue.
Elder has repeatedly said that basketball is his favorite sport. However, most believe he has more potential in football. Elder said he spoke to Florida State coaches on Tuesday evening.
"They're coming in the mix so we'll see how that goes," the nation's No. 203 prospect in the country and No. 2 prospect in Tennessee said.
Elder said recruiters have told him they'd hold a spot for him, specifically Florida State, UCLA and Georgia Tech. Elder visited Atlanta to see Tech's campus last week.
"It was good I liked it," he said. "Great school. Great campus. Great city. Everything is around Georgia Tech's campus. A good coaching staff and I bonded well with the players."
Elder visited Tech's campus last fall. This time around, he said he learned much more about the school.
"This time I got to sit down with the coaches and hang out with the players," Elder said. "I got to see more of the campus and see what's around the campus."
After his official visit to Georgia Tech, Elder went on a visit to Auburn to take where one of his former teammates is a walk-on for the Tigers. Elder has said he thinks he would be a good fit in first-year head coach Gus Malzahn's offensive system.
"It's a great coaching staff, great facilities," he said. "It was nice."
McGraw's recruitment kicked into high gear last summer when he received his first scholarship offer -- from Alabama. Since then, scholarship offers have continued to steadily come in. The 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore now has approximately a dozen scholarship offers. Florida State could be following suit.
"I really don't know much about them," McGraw said of the Noles. "They picked up Jalen so they're familiar with the players in this area. Hopefully they'll be around here soon."
McGraw isn't as close to Ramsey as Elder but the two defensive backs have talked. When asked if he thought Ramsey would try to recruit him to Tallahassee, McGraw said he wouldn’t be surprised if Ramsey did.
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Florida State: 2014 prospects to watch
February, 7, 2013
By Corey Dowlar | ESPN.com
With members of the 2013 class already having faxed in their letters of intent, the focus turns to the Class of 2014. Here are five top juniors the Seminoles will place a priority on for the next cycle:
ILB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
As far as inside linebackers go, Daub is about how a coach would draw one up. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, he's already bigger than some Division I linebackers. The new defensive a.ssistants have helped to make an impression already, but Daub also has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southern California and West Virginia.
Sony MichelDavide De Pas/ESPN.comRB Sony Michel has been on the national scene for several years, and all of the nation's top programs are after him.
OT Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)
At 6-7, 300 pounds, Prince looks ready to suit up for a college team today. His offer list suggests other teams think so too. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC already have offered, among others. Offensive tackle is a huge position of need for the Seminoles in 2014.
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior)
Likely to be one of, if not the, top receiver in the Class of 2014 from Florida, Lane is a major target if for no other reason than default. The 6-2, 175-pound Watch List member camped at Florida State over the summer. He has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh, among others.
RB Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
Michel has been a well-known prospect since his freshman year. All the big guns are after him, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. The Seminoles were in good shape before Eddie Gran's departure but will have some ground to make up in all likelihood.
DE Justin Thornton (Prichard, Ala./Vigor)
Thornton has been identified early by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as a priority from his defensive end position. The 6-5, 225-pound ESPN Watch List member has offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina, in addition to recent offers from Florida and USC. Thornton was on FSU's campus in early February.
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2014 Recruiting Hot Board
There is no rest for the weary. The 2013 recruiting cycle may have just come to an end, but Florida State's staff is already hard at work for the 2014 class. Who are some of the prospects they are targeting? Find out in the first Warchant.com Hot Board for 2014, where we break down each position and highlight some names FSU expects to focus on in this recruiting cycle.
Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
This right hander was offered earlier this month by FSU a.ssistant coach Sal Sunseri, who has strong ties to the Central Catholic program, where his son Tate was the quarterback. Cosentino shows great touch on the post routes and his biggest strength is his poise in the pocket and mid range throws. Cosentino has confirmed that he will visit FSU for junior day this weekend. FSU was his first offer, but Penn State and Michigan State apparently are close to offering. South Florida, Virginia and NC State are also involved early on.
Others in the mix: D.J. Gillins, Justice Hansen, Tyler Harris, Deshaun Watson
Comments: Since the 'Noles decided not to take a quarterback for the 2013 class, it made it imperative that they focus hard on getting at least one quarterback in 2014. Two quarterbacks would not be ruled out, but for now it's safe to say one quarterback is a minimum. Keep in mind the board will likely expand or change once the new quarterback coach/offensive coordinator is announced.
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Although many thought the departure of Eddie Gran would really destroy FSU's chances, it is still in play with Michel. He has several friends who just signed or are currently on the roster. He talks with Matthew Thomas, Jesus Wilson and visited FSU at least three times last year. Michel doesn't have any current leaders, but most close to him feel this one will be an FSU, Georgia and Miami battle. He grew up a Hurricane fan, but that won't influence his decision. One thing that hurts the 'Canes chances are that Michel had a close relationship with Terry Richardson, who recently left Miami to join the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff. I'm told that the two position coaches at Miami, FSU departing (Richardson, Gran) has helped Georgia a great deal.
Prattville (Prattville, Ala.)
Pettway is a candidate that would fit the running back/fullback position. He has very good wiggle to his game for a big back and has the power to run in any offense as a lead back. His biggest strengths would be his vision and quickness for a 210+ pounder. FSU is the leader at this stage and will visit for junior day this weekend. The 'Noles offered earlier this year. Pruitt has recruited him since he was a sophomore, so a good bond has developed.
North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Vickers had a knee injury that sidelined him for much of 2012. Don't be surprised if FSU makes a run at this local talent, he is one that Pruitt has established a very good early bond with while Pruitt was at Alabama. According to NFC coach Robert Craft, Pruitt was one of the main reasons why Vickers was so high on the Crimson Tide.
Others in the mix: Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, Jalen Hurd, Tony James, Derrell Scott, Stanley Williams
Comments: Look for the Seminoles to take at least two running backs and one that can be used as a fullback/running back. The Seminoles already have Joseph Yearby, a four-star back who is very firm in his decision. Look for FSU to go after bigger backs in this cycle.
Homestead (Homestead, Fla.)
After FSU came up short at wide receiver after Stacy Coley picked Miami, we expect Florida State to make a serious run at Lane, who attended the summer camp at Florida State last year. Lane, like Coley, grew up a fan of Miami but is open to leaving the area and even said at the end of the season that FSU and Alabama were the teams out front. However, the Canes will be a major factor with Lane we are told.
East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
I believe Scott will be the slot receiver FSU makes a major push for and should land. Scott is very close with Lawrence Dawsey and is more impressed with the FSU passing offense than the other in-state schools he's seen. In talking with Scott recently he's seemed to mention FSU more than any other school. He also plans to attend FSU Junior Day this weekend.
Others in the mix: Braxton Berrios, Jacob McCrary, Malachi Dupre, Josh Malone, Isaiah Ford
Comments: FSU brought in a solid class for 2013 that was focused more on speed and athletic ability. Look for the Seminoles to take one slot receiver and the rest are probably going to be bigger targets that can really tear up the middle of the field. In addition, I would not consider either C.J. Worton, JoJo Robinson as 'given' to be in this class by talent or by choice because they were both mainly recruited by James Coley. Robinson is the least likely of the two. Look for Florida State to take two or three receivers for this class. The good news is there are a ton of great receivers for the 2014 class.
DeSmet (St. Louis, Mo.)
Although he is from Missouri, his family is fans of Florida State. He visited FSU last year to get a closer look at the prorgram and campus. Expect Bauer to return for at least one more visit in the spring and attend a game or two during the season.
University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)
When we last spoke with Brumfield, he had three teams at the top of his list - FSU, Texas A&M and Florida in no particular order. However, during the Under Armour event Garret hinted that Florida might hold a slight advantage. After the National Signing Day, his mind changed again. FSU is the team he's talked about the most. Playing time is the biggest factor. Brumfield plans on visiting FSU for the spring game.
East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Last year at FSU's summer camp, Cole spent a ton of time working with Rick Trickett and felt comfortable with him. However, more teams have jumped into the picture. Michigan and Notre Dame both stand out more right now. But factors in FSU's favor include the fact that he grew up a FSU fan, his relationship with Trickett and he plans on visiting FSU several times this spring. So, look for FSU to move back up.
Tampa Catholic (Tampa, La.)
Martinez is another top prospect in-state that the staff has liked for a while. Rick Trickett offered and the Seminoles were the first major in-state program to do so. With FSU's need on the line eclipsing both Florida and Miami, FSU should make a major push here. Martinez wants to make an early decision, but so far has not hinted any leaders.
Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
Prince is one of the top targets overall. Odell Haggins is is lead recruiter. Prince is friends with Ronald Darby and has even spoken with EJ Levenberry, so he is aware of Florida State. I hear from those close to Prince that FSU is a serious team to watch, if not the leader at this stage. Prince has also spoken with Rick Trickett a few times and he plans to attend the FSU spring game later this year.
Others in the mix: Alex Bookser, Orlando Brown, Jermaine Eluemunor, Reilly Gibbons, Brock Ruble, Sam Mustipher, Steven Moss, Will Richardson, Isaiah Wynn
Comments: There is no doubt the most important position year in and year out is the offensive line - in two years FSU has signed five prospects. So, there will be a high number of targets the staff will have their eye on. Offensive tackle will be the key and I would look for the 'Noles to sign four tackles and two guards for this class. At the very least, that's the goal for the 2014 class.
Others in the mix: Kevin Crosby, Tyler Luatua
Comments: FSU added one tight end in the 2013 class and would like to add another as a receiving TE in this class. Moral Stephens could fit that role if he decides to be list as a tight end, but he's more of an H-back at this stage.
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
Every year FSU a.ssistant coach Odell Haggins has targeted one of the highest prospects on the board and four straight years he's gotten his man. This year that guy will be Andrew Brown, who we are told is expected to take multiple visits to FSU in the spring and summer. Brown knows Ronald Darby, EJ Levenberry and 2014 five-star Quin Blanding (who is being recruited heavily by FSU), so FSU has some connections. Brown doesn't have a leader at this point, but FSU, Florida, Alabama and Virginia are teams that stand out. The 'Noles already have DeMarcus Christmas as a commitment and if the they could pull off Brown, that's another deadly DT combination.
Tucker (Atlanta, Ga.)
Shaw was one of the best defensive tackle and overall one of the most talented prospects at FSU's summer camp last year. He has established a very good relationship with Haggins and has mentioned FSU many times on his short list. Georgia, Alabama and FSU are teams that Shaw talks about the most even though he denies having any leaders right now. Shaw is expected to visit FSU soon, maybe as early as this weekend's junior day.
Others in the mix: Khairi Clark, Anthony Moten, Derrick Nnadi, Travonte Valentine (Florida)
Comments: FSU will most likely take two defensive tackles in 2014. Out of the others in the mix group, Nnadi would be the most likely for FSU to pull it off at this stage. However, keep your eyes on Valentine as he developed a very good bond with Odell Haggins at the FSU summer camp last year and even named the 'Noles the leader. We are also hearing that UF commitment is not solid. Moten at this stage appears to be a solid Cane lean, same could probably be said for Clark, but again it's early.
Norcross (Norcross, Ga.)
Before the new coaching hires you would not have even considered Florida State a threat here for Carter because of the SEC powers like Georgia and Alabama But with the new staff at FSU have several factors in their favor. The most important would be Charles Kelly, whose strongest area is at Norcross. In addition, Sal Sunseri has already dropped by the school a few times to show his face. Look for Carter to attend a FSU summer camp later this year, as well as one more visit in the spring.
Woodbridge Senior (Woordbridge, Va.)
Hand will be the top DE prospect on the board for the Seminoles. Currently FSU is not listed in the top five, but we expect that to change with his connections to E.J. Levenberry and Sal Sunseri. In addition, Haggins has also established an early bond with the Hand family. Expect him to probably check FSU out this spring.
Vigor (Prichard, Ala.)
Thornton visited FSU a few weeks ago and most consider this to be a Florida/FSU battle. Thornton has a two year relationship with Jeremy Pruitt. He was actually close to committing to the 'Noles before his dream school growing up Florida offered recently. However, FSU is the school with the relationships and that could be the difference. FSU currently offers the better chance to see the field early at this stage. Thornton will likely attend the FSU spring game as well as attend several games this year.
Others in the mix: Kendall Baker, Jalyn Holmes, Blake McClain, Chad Thomas, Denzel Ware, Andrew Williams
Comments: FSU filled the need at this position after landing three in last year's class and will need that same kind of production for 2014. Denzel Ware decommitted from the Seminoles but we still hear he is heavily involved with FSU, especially Jeremy Pruitt. Chad Thomas is also another to watch here. He's pretty close to Matt Thomas and likely that's working in favor of the 'Noles.
Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Without question the top overall uncommitted target on the board for the 'Noles is Daub, who has visited FSU twice in the past three weeks. His close friend DeMarcus Walker is an early enrollee at Florida State. But an even bigger shift of momentum would be that Jeremy Pruitt has given FSU a solid advantage, enough to the point we hear Daub was already close to committing. Daub also wants to follow the same plan as his friend Walker and enroll early. LSU, FSU and Florida seemed to be the teams linked with Daub, but the Seminoles clearly hold the advantage right now.
Spring Valley (Columbia, SC.)
If the Noles are going to take another outside linebacker for this class, don't be surprised if Miller is that guy. He is close friends former FSU standouts Michael and Peter Boulware. He has kept a close eye on FSU a lot in the past two years. Miller is expected to visit FSU for this weekend's junior day and also attend several games this year. Look for this to be an Alabama/FSU battle.
Others in the mix: Tre Williams, Kevin Mouhon, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Rashaan Evans, Jacob Pugh, Chase Winovich
Comments: After landing five linebackers last year, FSU would like to bring in two linebackers for this class, maybe an outside shot at three. Rivals 250 watch list member Delvin Purifoy is a commitment and he is an inside linebacker.
Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Blanding will be among the most coveted on the board. He could help with the rest of the class and be that bell cow to help recruit, one that FSU seems to have nearly every year. Blanding is good friends with Jalen Tabor and Da'Shawn Hand, among others, so his influence alone would be big. It's a Virginia/FSU battle here and we still feel FSU is sitting in solid position. He plans to visit FSU for either this weekend's junior day or shortly thereafter. Blanding wants to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
Gateway (Monroeville, Aa.)
This is one of the reasons Sal Sunseri was brought in - his experience as a coach and his recruiting along the East Coast. Nicholson likes the attacking and aggressive style of FSU football, but wants to see more of what FSU has to offer during a visit. That should likely take place in March or for the FSU spring game.
Others in the mix: Trey Marshall, Todd Kelly, Daejuan Funderburk, T.J. Harrell, Cortez McDowell, Deion Singleton, Tony Fields
Comments: While FSU certainly has players that can fill the position with John Franklin or Nate Andrews, the 'Noles want to get a few players that are specifically safety prospects for this class (Lamarcus Joyner and Terrance Brooks both graduate after 2013). Therefore look for the Seminoles to take two prospects at the most for the safety position.
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Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.)
FSU should get a chance with local talent this season with Randolph. He would be an important start for the 'Noles considering they have not landed a commitment from Lincoln since 2008 when they have got Jabaris Little and Josh Gehres. Currently FSU, Florida and Auburn are battling it out. He claims no leaders. Randolph is hoping to visit the FSU junior day this weekend.
Friendship (Washington, D.C.)
The Seminoles have work to do with Tabor, but the connections are there to be in serious contention. He is close friends with Ronald Darby, Eddie Goldman and EJ Levenberry. In addition, one of Tabor's favorite schools headed into the end of the season was Alabama. The reason you ask? Jeremy Pruitt. Look for the 'Noles to make a run here as well.
Others in the mix: Nigel Patten, D'Andre Payne, Jermaine Roberts
Comments: This could be the toughest sell for the 'Noles considering that they just landed five star corner Jalen Ramsey and very highly regarded corner Marquez White. But there is still need for depth for at least one more corner in the 2014 class. FSU currently has one commitment as a defensive back in J.C. Jackson, who can play CB or receiver, but his commitment looks shaky currently.
Norcross (Norcross, Ga.)
This all-everything athlete is one to watch and he has always had a great bond with Charles Kelly. Autry can be used at slot, running back and on the defensive side of the ball. Georgia is the main competition at this point. There is a good chance Autry will likely attend the FSU junior day this weekend with teammates Lorenzo Carter and Kevin Mouton.
Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.)
Hood is being recruited by FSU a.ssistant coach Billy Napier, who extended the offer last week. Also in early January, Hood said five schools stood out and Georgia Tech was one of those. The reason was his relationship with Charles Kelly. Hood could play either the linebacker or a skill position. He hopes to visit FSU in March.
Others in the mix: Treon Harris, Brandon Powell, Maurice Hall
Comments: The athlete position is maybe the toughest to dissect. These prospects can play multiple positions, so there really isn't a number of prospects to predict, but there are several names that fit the category.
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I just realized we never rock our alternate uniforms anymore since Jimbo came on board. Yeah, our regular uni's are heat (Garnet top/gold bottoms and white top/gold bottoms) and the best in college football, but what about all the other combos? My favorite combo period is the white tops and garnet pants. I don't know when the last time we wore those joints, it's been too long. And what about the white on white we wore against UNC and some other teams (Greg Jones k!lling Dexter Reid game)? The garnet on garnet? The garnet tops and white pants against Miami in the Orange Bowl? Jimbo needs to stop being conservative and break out the heat.
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February 12, 2013
Michel Down to 5
Rather than let recruiting take another step toward the unmanageable, Sony Michel used Monday as an opportunity to try and scale it back.
Michel, a five-star running back from Plantation, Fla., trimmed down the list of potential suitors by announcing a top five. Other programs might try to work their way into the mix but Michel is focused on Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame moving forward.
“All these schools have in common the success they have running the ball and the versatility in the way that that use their backs,” Michel said. “All the schools have a different vibe to them with different coaching staffs, different players.”
All five have hosted Michel at least once on unofficial visits. Michel plans to double back on Georgia for its spring game and is working on another trip to Notre Dame, potentially during the spring as well.
Right now the target for a decision is sometime before the season starts at American Heritage School.
Between now and then Michel wants to take a careful look at each of the finalists and a.ssess a possible fit. He talked about some of the reasons each made this cut in the first place.
Florida: “They’re coming out of a spread offense when (Tim) Tebow was there and now they’re a little bit more pro style. They’re getting their backs more involved. That’s something that stands out to me.”
Florida State: “They have success running the ball. They had one of their best running backs go down and they still had success with the rest of their running backs.”
Georgia: “Just to see that the two freshmen had the opportunity to showcase their talent. It’s a great relationship. The time I went up there, it felt like even though I’m a five star they made me feel not above anybody or below anybody. They welcomed me to being part of a family.”
Miami: “Miami is being close to home. They can go back then to now, all they do is produce great running backs. From Edgerrin James to all those old timers that are in the NFL now to Mike James to Duke (Johnson). They’re still having great success.”
Notre Dame: “With Notre Dame it’s the versatility they use with both of their backs. Giving both of their backs the opportunity to run the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield, putting their running backs in the slot. Just using them in different ways.”
Michel will look into the depth chart at each program but not in terms of how wide open it might be. Instead he wants to find out if there are other running backs in place to help carry the load.
Georgia, for example, had the freshman duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall last season. Notre Dame signed five-star prospect Greg Bryant and four-star Tarean Folston last week as part of the Class of 2013.
Florida signed two running backs, Florida State inked four-star Ryan Green and Miami added two backs to go along with Johnson.
“That’s something that I look at,” Michel said. “I actually want the school I go to to have a couple of great backs just so I can come in there and compete to the best of my ability and know I’m not going to go to practice just relaxing.”
Taking visits to the out-of-state programs will help Michel a.ssess that and more. Gaining a better feel for the campus, players and coaches should put Michel a step closer to separating at least one out from the others.
“All five are kinda even but just the in-state schools, it’s easier for me to get around their campus,” Michel said. “It’s easier than the out-of-state ones. But really all the schools come and see me actually equal. That’s why it’s an equal battle.”
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February 12, 2013
Pruitt Hire Crucial to 2013 Class
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Top ranked recruiting classes and Florida State have gone hand and hand lately. But so has stability on the FSU coaching staff.
That stability was severely shaken by the unprecedented loss of six a.ssistant coaches this offseason. Not only did Jimbo Fisher have his hands full hiring a new staff, he had the daunting task of keeping the 2013 recruiting class intact.
Gene Williams - Warchant.com
Getting DeMarcus Walker to flip from Alabama to FSU was the first sign that Pruitt was a special recruiter.
Following the turnover it began to look like the class had the potential to fall apart. For weeks leading up to National Signing Day FSU's list of commitments failed to grow, there were a couple of decommitments and the team ranking hovered around No. 20 in Rivals.com's team recruiting rankings. If not for new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt it's likely that National Signing Day would have been a sombering time for Seminole Nation.
After being hired in mid-December to replace Mark Stoops, Pruitt hit the ground running and made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail.
Within just a few days he brought soft commitment Marquez White back into the fold. When Mark Stoops took the head coaching job at Kentucky and with lead recruiter Dameyune Craig headed to Auburn, the four-star cornerback was on the verge of flipping his commitment to Alabama.
Those thoughts ended quickly when Pruitt was named as FSU's defensive coordinator.
"Coach Pruitt was actually the first coach to ever recruit me and that was when I was in the ninth grade," White told Warchant.com when Pruitt was hired in December. "Knowing he's going to the school I'm going to as the defensive coordinator, that was big."
But two of Pruitt's three biggest contributions came at FSU's two positions of need - defensive end and offensive line.
With three players heading to the NFL draft and with the graduation of backup Toshmon Stevens, the defensive end position was in desperate need of help. Despite that need and a rich tradition at the position, FSU whiffed on several of its top targets and suffered a late decommitment (Davin Bellamy).
The day he stepped foot on campus, and possibly even before, Pruitt pulled off a huge coup by getting Rivals100 defensive end DeMarcus Walker to switch his commitment from Pruitt's former school (Alabama) to FSU. Not only is Walker an elite prospect, at more than 260 pounds he should be physically ready to play right away. And the fact that he is already enrolled in school should give him a huge advantage as a true freshman.
Junior college transfer Desmond Hollin and Davarez Bryant are nice additions but Walker may be the most ready to contribute at defensive end this fall.
It's no secret that Florida State came up well short on its offensive line needs with the biggest hole being at tackle. Between Richy Klepal's career-ending injury, Austin Golson's decommitment and missing out on in-state standouts Roderick Johnson, Denver Kirkland and Laremy Tunsil, FSU was in danger of striking out completely at the position. Fortunately for Rick Trickett and the rest of the offensive staff, Pruitt was able to use his knowledge and contacts to put FSU hot on the trail of Wilson Bell and eventually secured his commitment.
While only a three-star recruit, Jimbo Fisher raved about the Prichard, Ala. lineman.
"We never saw the film on him until January, he's been a day one offer from the get go," noted Fisher. "He can bend great lower body flexibility very physical, in the all-star game he dominated, some said he was the best player in the all-star game he played in. He was a very good player and a lot of coaches really liked him ... He's very developed technique wise."
While it's unlikely he will start, Bell will provide much needed depth at tackle and could develop quickly into a starter by his second or third year.
For icing on the cake Pruitt was able to secure a late commitment from one of nation's top cornerback (and overall) prospects in Jalen Ramsey. The former USC commitment didn't even have Florida State on his radar until Pruitt was hired. And even then it took an official visit and tireless work by FSU's new defensive coordinator to get the five-star cornerback to switch his commitment.
"I know what he's producing and what he can do on the field," said Ramsey of Pruitt's ability to coach defensive backs. "I really trust him. With that we talk so long about pass technique and stuff like that so he really he showed me that he's a guy that knows what he's talking about. He's done it with some of the best with Coach (Nick) Saban and I just really have trust in him and he can do it on his own now."
While he doesn't get much attention in this class, Nate Andrews was a huge get for the Seminole defense considering the need for depth at the safety position. He's another player that probably would have signed elsewhere last Wednesday if not for Pruitt.
"He may be my favorite. I've been recruiting Nate since he was in the ninth grade," Pruitt said during FSU's day War Party. "Nobody knows a whole lot about him. He was a wide receiver, he played quarterback and he played defensive back. The thing about Nate is this, he's one of the toughest guys you will ever meet. He's got great ability, great character and the bigger the occasion the better Nate plays."
When the dust settled FSU's new defensive coordinator was primarily responsible for FSU landing five key recruits in just a little over a month and half. There's no telling what he might accomplish given a full year to recruit next year's class.
|02-12-2013, 12:13 PM||#879|
I was worried about our recruiting prowess in South Florida after Coley left, but it looks like a lot of the top talent is in ACC territory out of state this year. Sunseri and Haggins have ties in the DC area, Nappier is locked in on the Carolina, Pruitt running the show in Bama and North Florida, and Kelly having deep ties in the Norcross/Atlanta area.
We are after and in good position with the #1, #4, #5, #6, #9, #10, #12 players in country. 3 hail from the DC Area, 1 from GA, 1 from Bama, 1 from Carolina, and the other being Michel.
Last updated on 2/11/13
Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1 Da'Shawn Hand DE Woodbridge, VAWoodbridge Senior 5 stars 6'4" 245 list
#2 Jabrill Peppers DB Paramus, NJParamus Catholic 5 stars 6'1" 210 list
#3 Leonard Fournette RB New Orleans, LASt. Augustine 5 stars 6'1" 225 list
#4 Quin Blanding DB Virginia Beach, VABayside 5 stars 6'2" 196 list
#5 Sony Michel RB Plantation, FLAmerican Heritage 5 stars 5'11" 205 list
#6 Andrew Brown DT Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith 5 stars 6'4" 292 list
#7 Cameron Robinson OL Monroe, LAWest Monroe 5 stars 6'6" 320 list
#8 Adoree' Jackson DB Gardena, CAJunipero Serra 5 stars 5'10" 172 list
#9 Lorenzo Carter DE Norcross, GANorcross 5 stars 6'5" 221 list
#10 Marlon Humphrey DB Hoover, ALHoover 5 stars 6'0" 168 list
#11 Deshaun Watson QB Gainesville, GAGainesville 5 stars 6'4" 195 Clemson
#12 Elijah Hood ATH Charlotte, NCCharlotte Catholic 5 stars 6'0" 212 list
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Behind The Scenes: FSU had a 2nd back locked up for 2013… twice?
Throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle, Noles247 maintained a strong stance that Florida State would try to bring in two running backs this class. In June, the Seminoles picked up St. Petersburg four-star running back Ryan Green and with that addition, they locked up one of the nation’s premier ball carriers.
Still, the Florida State coaching staff, particularly former running backs coach Eddie Gran, had another player in mind that complimented Green very well. That back was South Plantation’s Alex Collins.
From day one, Green and Collins were the top backs on the Seminoles’ board. Although other backs had offers, the only committable offers on the table were given to these two Sunshine State backs.
Want further proof?
In March, prior to Green’s commitment, Florida State offered Glassboro (NJ) running back Corey Clement, a lesser known back from New Jersey (). Florida State was one of his first offers and it proved to be a good one, as Clement had a terrific senior season and finished in the top 75 of the final 247sports.com ranking.
A month after the offer, Clement let me know that he was ready to commit to the Seminoles. He got in touch with former Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley and let him know that he wanted to come on board. His commitment wasn’t accepted by the Florida State staff. At the time, Florida State felt extremely confident in Ryan Green and felt that he would come on board soon (which he did three months later) and they felt confident that Alex Collins was going to give them a strong look (which he did prior to Eddie Gran’s departure for Cincinnati).
The Seminoles staff felt confident in landing the top two prospects on their board and held off on accepting Clement’s commitment. Clement looked elsewhere and in the end, he found a home at Wisconsin. Florida State tried to make a few moves late with Clement, who until this day, is still disappointed he isn’t headed to Florida State, although he is extremely happy to be a Badger. They also made a last ditch effort to land American-Heritage (Fla.) running back Greg Bryant and Cocoa (Fla.) running back Tarean Folston, but it didn’t work out in the end.
In addition to the names above, as you know Florida State tried to make a major move on Staten Island (NY) running back Gus Edwards. James Coley visited New York multiple times and Edwards and his family felt very comfortable with him. In the end, Coley’s efforts paid off. Upon arriving home from his Florida State official visit, Edwards let me know that he was going to sign with Florida State and that he was just going to take the Miami trip for fun. I even made tentative plans to go cover his announcement in New York on Signing Day. A few days after my last conversation with Edwards, it was announced that Coley was leaving Florida State to coach at Miami.
Edwards took his official visit to Miami just prior to Signing Day and once he returned from his trip, his phone went cold. No responses to my texts or calls. I knew something was up. Between that and Coley leaving for Miami, I knew things didn’t look good for the Seminoles any longer.
On Tuesday, the night before Signing Day, Edwards finally reached out and let me know that he was heading to Miami. He said that he felt most comfortable there and that he and his family felt closest to James Coley and Terry Richardson (who ended up leaving Miami for the NFL right after Signing Day). On Wednesday, he signed with the Hurricanes.
This is why you take the commitment and stop worrying about what other recruits are doing. We always lose quality recruits because of what we think we have. We lost Leonard Williams because of some ish like this. Now we stuck with one back