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ESPN 300 shifts Ira Denson, Tony Stevens

7/12/2012

ESPN's revised recruiting rankings were released Thursday, and there aren't many changes among the 17 players already committed to Florida State for 2013.

Ten of FSU's commitments remain in the ESPN 300, though wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) dropped out of the ESPN 150.

Overall, Florida State ranks fifth nationally for the work coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff have already done on the recruiting trail, and a few big fish remain in the pond.

For now, here's a quick look at how the new rankings affected the 17 players already in the fold.

Moving up

OG Ira Denson

Was: 140th overall, 7th at position

Now: 99th overall, 3rd at position

WR Isaiah Jones

Was: 157th overall, 20th at position

Now: 157th overall, 18th at position

Of note: Jones held steady at 157 overall, but he did manage to climb two spots in the wide receiver rankings. Jones is tall and rangy, fitting well into what is becoming a prototype for FSU's offense.

Denson's move is significant, and it could continue. "Denson is a prospect who continues to impress us with every chance we get to evaluate him," said ESPN/Scouts Inc. reciting expert Craig Haubert. "He is an OG with an excellent combination of size and strength for the position and he also possesses a nasty and tenacious style of play that we like to see in OL prospects." Denson has shown improvement with his pad level in recent evaluations, eliminating one of the major critiques of his play. "We actually think Denson is going to continue to rise as we work through the fall," ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said.

Moving down

OT Austin Golson

Was: 51st overall, 3rd at position

Now: 66th overall, 4th at position

WR Tony Stevens

Was: 110th overall, 13th at position

Now: 170th overall, 22nd at position

Of note: Golson's dip has little to do with any marked regression on his part, but more with the ascension of Jake Raulerson, an offensive tackle committed to Texas, who jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 in the offensive tackle rankings. Said Haubert: "(Golson) is still a very good prospect, and it was a slight shift down."

Stevens' dip from the No. 13 receiver in the country all the way to No. 22 comes with the most daunting evaluation. Said Luginbill: "Stevens, in our opinion, has some change-of-direction limitations and is straight-lined which manifested itself the more we saw him in person."

Holding steady

RB Ryan Green

Was: 36th overall, 4th at position

Now: 34th overall, 4th at position

DT Maquedius Bain

Was: 40th overall, 5th at position

Now: 41st overall, 6th at position

OLB Ro'derrick Hoskins

Was: 139th overall, 12th at position

Now: 141st overall, 12th at position

ATH Adrian Baker

Was: 190th overall, 19th at position

Now: 193rd overall, 18th at position

OLB Freddie Stevenson

Was: 264th overall, 17th at position

Now: 270th overall, 16th at position

ILB E.J. Levenberry Jr.

Was: 286th overall, 12th at position

Now: 289th overall, 13th at position

Of note: No big surprises here. Green remains FSU's top overall commitment, and he ticked up just a couple of places on the ESPN 150 rankings. Baker and Stevenson but dipped in the overall rankings, but jumped up one spot by position.