The task is still at hand for Florida State and QB Jameis Winston as the Vizio BCS National Championship game is close to three weeks away. However, Winston can smile early knowing he will have the protection to make another title run in 2014.
The Seminoles picked up their second commitment from a junior college offensive lineman in the last 10 days when guard Kareem Are (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott CC) pledged to FSU. Are is No. 45 in the ESPN Junior College 50, and Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau), No. 8 in the rankings, committed Dec. 9.
Are, 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, plans to enroll in January and signed with Florida State when he committed. Wednesday is the first day midyear juco enrollees can sign with colleges.