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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Florida State recruit misses

By Corey Dowlar

NoleNation takes a look back at a few recruits who never quite worked out for the Seminoles from recent history:

Jeff Luc
Jeff Luc was a big-time prospect in 2010, but he never panned out in Tallahassee and transferred.
Jeff Luc: Arriving as the top inside linebacker prospect in the 2010 class, FSU fans had high hopes for Luc's future, but he was just never able to get on the field as much as he should have. Playing time became an issue and rumors of him being unsettled percolated. Eventually they came true, and Luc transferred to Cincinnati and sat out this season. He'll be eligible for 2013 for the Bearcats.

Fred Rouse: As one of the top players in the country from Florida State's backyard at Lincoln High School in 2005, Rouse never really met expectations. He showed flashes early and the talent was never a question. But he was unable to get his off-the-field issues straightened out and transferred to UTEP.

Myron Rolle: As the nation's top safety in the Class of 2006, Myron Rolle headed to Tallahassee with huge expectations. A gifted student, Rolle excelled greatly in the classroom, even becoming a Rhodes Scholar. But on the field, his impact wasn't felt like it probably should have been. Rolle was most recently on the Steelers roster, but was then cut in August 2012.

Willie Downs: Remarkably similar to the case of Rouse was Willie Downs, who had a huge billing coming out of Godby High School in Tallahassee in 2009. A dynamic two-way athlete, Downs had the world at his fingertips. But academic and off-the-field issues snagged him, too, and he never made it at Florida State.

Brandon Warren: Warren's career in Tallahassee got off to a pretty good start as he snagged a couple of touchdowns and made some circus catches, but it was short lived. The nation's No. 1 tight end prospect in 2006 eventually transferred to his home state and the Tennessee Volunteers, then to Division II North Alabama.