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FSU-Clemson recruiting battles

9/17/2012
C.J. Spiller spurned the homestate Seminoles in favor of the Clemson Tigers. Dale Zanine/US Presswire

Florida State and Clemson have faced off in more ways than just on the football field.

The recruiting trail, too, has been another battleground where the ACC Atlantic Division rivals do battle.

Several major prospects over the last several years have come down to the two schools. Interestingly enough, Clemson has won the majority of them.

NoleNation looks at five high-profile prospects who made the choice between the Seminoles and Tigers.

DB Adrian Baker

High School: Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna

College choice: Chose Florida State over Clemson and others on July 3, 2012.

As a recruit: Ranked as a four-star athlete by ESPN and the No. 37 prospect overall in the state of Florida. Also entertained offers from Clemson and Oklahoma.

Now: Currently playing his senior year on the prep circuit.

LB Tony Steward

High school: St. Augustine (Fla.) Pedro Menendez

College choice: Clemson over Florida State in 2011.

As a recruit: Rated the nation's top inside linebacker and five-star prospect, according to ESPN.

College career: Only played 36 snaps and recorded five tackles as a freshman before suffering a torn ACL on Oct. 18, forcing Steward to miss the rest of the season.

Now: Still trying to fully recover from his knee injury, Steward has not recorded a defensive statistic yet in 2012. Coach Dabo Swinney has said that he doesn't expect him to redshirt.

LB Terrance Smith

High school: Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb

College choice: Chose Florida State over Clemson in 2011.

As a recruit: Rated a three-star linebacker by ESPN and the No. 26 player at the position for his class.

College career: Earned a redshirt of the medical variety as a freshman in 2011. Played in two games, both coming in the first two weeks against UL-Monroe and Charleston Southern.

Now: Smith is the second-string outside linebacker for the Seminoles and has played in all three games so far in the 2012 season. He features prominently on special teams, especially on kick coverage.

DT Brandon Thompson

High school: Thomasville (Ga.) Thomasville

College choice: Chose Clemson over Florida State in 2008

As a recruit: Rated as the No. 3 defensive tackle for the entire class by ESPN.

College career: Was an explosive, strong force in the middle of the Tigers' defensive line throughout his career. For his senior season in 2011, Thompson finished with 77 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Eight of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage.

Now: Thompson was a third-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 draft. He registered one solo tackle against Baltimore in week one.

RB C.J. Spiller

High school: Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County

As a recruit: Chose Clemson over Florida State in 2006.

College career: Spiller, a lifelong Seminoles fan, drew the ire of Florida State fans as he tore up just about every defense he faced at Clemson -- including FSU's. He went on to win the ACC Player of the Year and was an ACC Champion in 2009. In 2010, his number was retired by Clemson.

Now: Now a household name in the NFL, the former Clemson running back stars for the Buffalo Bills. Since his arrival in the league in 2010, Spiller has seen his rushing and receiving statistics increase with every season and is primed for a much bigger impact in 2012.