Florida State Seminoles: C.J. Worton

Gators lose WR Ermon Lane

January, 10, 2014
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The Florida Gators have lost another member of their 2014 recruiting class.

This time it’s ESPN 300 wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) who announced on Twitter that he was backing off of his pledge to Florida.



Lane’s decision didn’t come as a surprise to many Florida fans. Lane is close friends with running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), who flipped his commitment from Florida to Florida State less than two weeks ago. Lane, the No. 28-ranked player in the country, has set up only one official visit and that is to FSU on Jan. 31, the weekend before national signing day.

In the last two week the Gators have lost three ESPN 300 recruits, Lane, Cook and Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), while adding, Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy), Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla/Deerfield Beach), Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and Kavaris Harkless (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) during that same time period.

It appears the Florida coaching staff suspected this could potentially happen. The Gators recently offered wide receivers De’Andre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro), a Penn State commit and Florida State commit C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla/South Dade). Worton is planning to visit Florida this month.

The Gators now have 20 verbal commitments including 11 ranked in the ESPN 300.

Summer recruit wrap: Florida State 

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NoleNation looks at 10 themes of Florida State's 2014 recruiting class to date:

FSU recruiting: Positions of need 

July, 2, 2013
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NoleNation takes a quick look at five positions of need in this 2014 recruiting class.

Offensive tackle

Florida State enters this 2013 with only one certain starter at offensive tackle. Cam Erving, the starting left tackle, is a redshirt junior and could very well jump to the NFL draft after this season, given his high projections. Bobby Hart has played a lot in his first two seasons and could end up being the right tackle. From the Class of 2013, just Wilson Bell is capable of playing tackle, but could just as well end up on the interior depending on how things shake out.

Commitments: Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike)

Top targets: Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central)


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WR Ryan Sousa commits to Seminoles

June, 13, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher has added another wide receiver to his 2014 recruiting class.

Ryan Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona) committed to the Seminoles during Thursday’s prospect camp session, his coach Anthony Paradiso confirmed. The 6-foot, 177-pound Sousa joins Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) and C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) as the other pass-catchers in the group. ESPN 150 athlete JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern) also projects as a wide receiver.

Sousa chose the Seminoles over offers from FAU, Missouri, Rutgers, UCF, UCLA and Wake Forest. He is the 11th commitment in Florida State’s 2014 class.

FSU camp: Speaks makes some noise 

June, 12, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp was a little light in the amount of top quality prospects. That's not too unusual, and it is likely to pick up as the week goes on.

But given the circumstances, it wasn't hard to pick out Breeland Speaks (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) among the crowd. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound defensive lineman looked and played the part.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's Rankings Week at Nole Nation, and each day we'll be counting down the top teams, players and matchups of the 2013 season. In our last installment, we look at FSU's top recruiting needs for the Class of 2014.

1. Offensive tackle

It's been a relatively prolonged dry spell on the recruiting trail for FSU when it comes to the offensive line, with tackle in particular being a concern. As it stands, the Seminoles have three natural tackles projected on the roster beyond 2013, but Bobby Hart remains a wild card after an up-and-down two years, Wilson Bell has yet to arrive on campus and Cameron Erving could be headed to the NFL early if he turns in a strong junior campaign. Florida State needs to make a splash with this class, adding not only at least one or two game-ready options, but depth as well.

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Another look at wide receiver 

May, 21, 2013
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Florida State's wide receiver corps are in good shape entering 2013, as WR is arguably the Seminoles' strongest position group.

But at some point, this group is going to have to be restocked and retooled. And the 2014 recruiting cycle is a good place to start.

The Seminoles will take a handful in the Class of 2014.


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This weekend gave Florida State a chance to improve its standing with commitment C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) amid the speculation of Miami's increased influence.


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James Coley's departure to Miami has already made an impact. Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central), a former Florida State commitment, switched to the Hurricanes since the change was made.

And now Coley is hoping it can happen again with wide receiver C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade). Miami recently offered the Florida State commitment and gave him something new to think about.


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State of the Noles: Wide receivers 

February, 28, 2013
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NoleNation writers David Hale and Corey Dowlar are going position by position, looking at what FSU has on its roster now, and who might provide reinforcements down the line, projecting starters and evaluating the depth through 2015.

Up next, the final position in the series: Wide receivers.

Scholarship receivers (12): Kenny Shaw (Sr.), Rashad Greene (Jr.), Christian Green (RSJr.), Kelvin Benjamin (RSSo.), Jarred Haggins (Sr.), Josh Gehres (RSSr.), Marvin Bracy (RSFr.), Willie Haulstead (RSSr.), Greg Dent (Sr.), Jesus Wilson (Fr.), Levonte Whitfield (Fr.), Isaiah Jones (Fr.)


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FSU commitment performance watch 

November, 12, 2012
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As the final regular-season high school game has come and gone, NoleNation takes a quick look at some of the standout performances of Florida State's commitments, regardless of class.

Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) -- The ESPN Watch List member racked up another big total in the passing game as one of the top receiver prospects in the state for 2014. The junior hauled in three catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. McCrary also carried the ball twice, but for small gains. He is finally healthy after coming off a injury scare on one of his knees and has played for three straight weeks now. This was easily his best effort since before sustaining the knock.

Joseph Yearby (Miami/Miami Central) -- The prolific junior running back again put on a show for the Rockets last Friday. On just 13 attempts, Yearby had more than 190 yards rushing and crossed the goal line three times. One of his scores was via an 80-yard rush as Central routed North Miami Beach 52-28. Yearby is on the ESPN Watch List and is held in high regard as one of the top running back prospects in the nation for the Class of 2014.

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Five WRs to watch in 2014 

October, 11, 2012
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Florida Sate has three verbal commitments at the wide receiver position for 2014. The challenge, though, will be to hold on to all of them while adding one or two more top talents. NoleNation takes a look at the candidates who are already on the radar:

Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Park) -- After he made a tremendous impression on the summer camp circuit, it was no surprise that Florida State accepted McCrary's commitment in July. A smooth target who makes his way in and out of cuts, the ESPN Watch List member is coveted by the biggest programs in the country. More offers have come in recently for McCrary, but the 6-foot wide receiver says he is solid to the Seminoles at the moment. He's close friends with fellow 2014 receiver commitment C.J. Worton, which doesn't hurt FSU's chances to retain him.

C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) -- Like McCrary before him, Worton impressed Florida State's coaches enough at the second session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp that he earned an offer. Within about two weeks, he accepted it and committed to the Seminoles. A versatile player at 6-0 and 160 pounds, Worton can play both receiver or cornerback at the next level, but that likely won't be decided for a while. He is a strong verbal commitment to Florida State.

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FSU's six 2014 pledges all on Watch List 

September, 27, 2012
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Earning and accepting commitments of underclassmen comes with a certain degree of risk.

Coaches know more often than not how they will fill out, where they can project and what to expect of these prospects by the time they are seniors. But still, a lot can happen in a year.

Florida State has six commitments in the 2014 class. And they all come from the state of Florida.


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Worton explains weekend absence 

September, 27, 2012
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2014 wide receiver commitment C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) had been looking forward to his trip to Florida State for the Clemson game for quite some time.

With all the build up, all the discussion and hoopla leading into the primetime game, it was a sure-fire bet to be a great atmosphere for fans, players and recruits on the sideline. And Worton knew it.

But as it would turn out, a minor injury to himself, and a more serious one to another commitment he planned on riding with, proved to be a significant enough setback to keep them from traveling.

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Laremy Tunsil no-show for Clemson game 

September, 24, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As unofficial visits go, confirmation of prospects on campus can't really be verified until right before the game.

Florida State's extensive list of visitors was just that, but there also were some additions and subtractions. NoleNation takes a look at some of the changes.

Who didn't show

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