Florida State Seminoles: David Sharpe

The annual Florida-Florida State game is usually one of the top games in the country. This year, with Florida’s disappointing season, the game seems to have lost some luster. Florida State, however, is fighting for a chance to make it to the BCS National Championship game in January. The Gators would like nothing more to ruin their archrival’s season, especially in front of several top recruits. Here’s a closer look at which recruits will be watching this weekend.

New schools enter mix for Sharpe 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia and Florida were two schools that many believed were the lead contenders for ESPN 300 offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian). Those schools are certainly still in the mix for Sharpe, but the four-star lineman remains wide open.

In fact two new schools, Tennessee and LSU, have entered the picture for the No. 18-ranked player in the country. Sharpe, also a standout basketball player, would like the opportunity to play both on the next level, and Tennessee is a school that could potentially allow Sharpe to do both.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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It wasn't a banner day for the ACC on Saturday, but Florida State, the conference's top-ranked team, was the center of the focus with several impact visitors on campus.

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Biggest visitor: Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) was the star visitor in Tallahassee Saturday afternoon. The Florida Gators’ running back commitment took an official visit to their in-state rivals to see what the Seminoles offense might have to offer him. Cook isn't necessarily wavering in his commitment to Florida, but has made comments that he is paying attention to their offensive struggles. His recruitment probably won't change for a while, if at all, but this was a big chance to get one of the country's top running backs on campus for Florida State. Cook is a four-star recruit and the No. 23 prospect in the country.

Biggest offer: There weren't any major commitments made this weekend, and offers were hard to find. Duke and Virginia issued some. The Cavaliers have targeted Cornelius Floyd (Miami/Gulliver Prep), a 2014 athlete who also has offers from ACC programs Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. Duke offered 2015 defensive lineman David Ryslik (Highstown, N.J./The Peddie School). The Blue Devils are the first to go ahead and offer Ryslik, but he's been getting plenty of interest at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds.

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ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 24 

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The recruiting week in the ACC has centered around two states, as both Florida and Virginia programs added commitments while Miami has learned its NCAA fate.


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Best ACC recruiters 

October, 15, 2013
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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best head coaches are often called the closer when it comes to sealing the deal with recruits. Whether on a visit or a trip to a prospect’s home, the head coach is called upon to secure the signature.

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ACC 2014 recruiting scenarios 

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Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That is what college coaches must do when it comes to recruiting. Every coach would love to land their top target at every position, but coaches are forced to play the what-ifs and continue to recruit prospects lower on the recruiting board. With signing day a few months away and several classes close to completion, college staffs are pushing for those few final targets but also keeping a watchful eye on players down the board.

Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for each of the ACC schools.


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ACC recruiting mailbag

October, 4, 2013
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Does Florida State land an elite receiver? What are Pittsburgh's chances with Jamil Kamara? And how has Miami recruited so well of late?

All this and more in this week's ACC recruiting mailbag.

@93warchant99 asks: How many out of Malone, Rudolph and Dupre do you think FSU gets, if any?

Dowlar: It's so hard to pencil these guys into classes right now since there is a long way to go, but I could see Florida State grabbing one of these guys.

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Malone is going to be tough for them. I really think he's headed to Georgia right now, but visits and results can change things. Tennessee is a huge player for him, too. He'll visit Tennessee this weekend, already took an official to Georgia and then will finally head to Tallahassee on the weekend of Nov. 1.

Malachi Dupre is the longest shot of them all, to me. I think most people who follow recruiting realize how hard it is to get prospects from Louisiana away from LSU. And right now, the biggest competition appears to be UCLA. I would think he lands in Baton Rouge.

Travis Rudolph is the best chance of the three for you, I think. Ohio State, Alabama and Florida are absolutely in the picture, but the Seminoles have been trending up for a while now. Rudolph has taken one official so far, and that was to Columbus to see the Buckeyes.

Ross_Abbott11 asks: what is the chance that #Pitt gets Jamil Kamara?

Shanker: They still have to jump Virginia, but the Panthers should be happy with where they are at. Neither team looked good in last weekend’s game, but Pitt did pull out the win, and the Cavs’ offense was atrocious. I still think the Cavs lead here, but Pitt continues to impress Kamara. He won’t decide until January and Pitt will certainly get an official visit.

Wisconsin is potentially a team to look out for, and he recently said Penn State could be a factor now with the increase in scholarships. I still see it as a top two of Pitt and Virginia -- with the Cavs still holding the lead. There are too many ties to the UVa program to project him anywhere but Charlottesville -- for now.

@fenstythenole asks: Will Florida State get any of the five-star offensive line prospects they are in the running for?

Dowlar: Well, I don't know which rankings you're referencing, but there aren't any five-star offensive linemen FSU is in on, according to ESPN's rankings. I will assume, though, that you're probably talking about David Sharpe, Chad Mavety, Damian Prince and Roderick Johnson.

I think you can write off Sharpe now. I'm thinking he's headed to either Georgia or Florida. And Damian Prince no longer seems likely now. He'll probably end up at Maryland.

When talking about the other two, though, Florida State is in really good shape, especially with Johnson. There are a lot of factors going in the Seminoles' favor for him at the moment. Mavety is too close to call right now, but I have a feeling it is either going to be Florida State or Ohio State.

If FSU lands both of those guys, fans will have to feel really good about the incoming class up front.

@couloaksteelers asks: has Duke seen a bump in recruiting due to last year’s bowl game appearance?

Shanker: They don’t play bowl games in basketball so ... oh, this is a Duke football recruiting question?

Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe actually has taken full advantage and seized the opportunity set forth last winter when he coached Duke to a 6-7 record and an appearance in the Belk Bowl. From 2010-2013, the Blue Devils signed only one four-star prospect -- a placekicker. In the 2014 class alone, though, Duke has commitments from three four-star recruits including ESPN 300 Miami Coral Reef quarterback Nicodem Pierre. The Blue Devils have beat out the likes of NC State and UNC for a few in-state prospects as well.

Cutcliffe is also expanding Duke’s borders, breaking into Ohio for three commitments in the 2014 class. Cincinnati Sycamore linebacker Tinashe Bere and Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley defensive back Alonzo Saxton committed to Duke over Big Ten offers.

@EricHoudini12 asks: FSU and UF used to whip Miami in South Florida recruiting. That has changed. Was it as simple as Al Golden?

Dowlar: No, I don't think so, but he's played a major role.

Even though Florida has made a larger impact down there this season, Florida State really hasn't and Miami has done very well. Why?

Well, take a look at your new offensive coordinator, James Coley. Miami's top-rated commitment, Joe Yearby, was once a Florida State commitment. Coley had a major, major impact there.

Move over to Booker T. Washington and guys like Chad Thomas and Nigel Bethel are Coley targets, too.

But the bottom line is there always has to be some kind of promise shown on the field. That's where Golden and his team come in to play. Sure, Miami's commitments mostly came before the win over Florida, but make no mistake about it, those pledges can be, and probably were, solidified because of it.

The short answer is that it is a lot of different moving parts pulling in the same direction at the moment. And it's working for them. Golden is helping to orchestrate it all.

ACC recruiting classes roundtable 

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There are still four months left to go until signing day 2014, but 10 ACC schools already have at least 15 commitments and several of the conference’s programs are just a few players from completing their class. There are still four months until signing day, so there are still several variables with each school’s class.

Fellow ACC recruiting reporter Corey Dowlar, national recruiting expert Tom Luginbill and I took a look at the conference’s class in a roundtable, discussing which classes could climb, fall or are built to last in the ACC.

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ACC class rankings analysis 

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The ACC had several big Week 1 games, but few conference teams took advantage of the opportunity. Clemson made a real statement to recruits across the country with a prime-time win, and the performance from Florida State’s Jameis Winston probably has offensive skill players putting the Noles a little higher on the list. But FSU’s win came at the expense of another ACC school, and three other conference teams missed a chance to impress recruits with big out-of-conference wins last week.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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Clemson and Florida State dominated the ACC recruiting headlines over the weekend.

Both teams saw changes to their commitment lists, with the Tigers adding and the Seminoles subtracting.

Best prospect performances: Florida State commitment and ESPN 300 inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) lived up to his billing as a run stopper in his team's 30-14 win over Creekside. Daub racked up 14 tackles and contributed on offense as well, rushing five times for 48 yards. Up next for Daub and Sandalwood is a city magnet school, Paxon.


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ACC recruiting storylines: Aug. 29 

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As the regular season kicks off this weekend, recruiting, specifically revolving around visits, will start to get going, too.

Here are five storylines to watch as we head in to the opening weekend.

Pitt hosting important group

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Not much went on this week for ACC schools on the recruiting front, but that could change in the coming weeks. Elijah Hood, an ESPN 300 running back formerly committed to Notre Dame, has North Carolina in his sights. Clemson and Pittsburgh both host openers with major recruiting implications, and two four-star prospects cut down their lists.

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The Tigers begin the season with one of their biggest games of the year, which means it will be one of the biggest games for recruiting for Clemson, too. Georgia comes to Clemson for the opener Aug. 31, and the visitor list for the Tigers is already looking impressive. At the top of the list is David Sharpe, the No. 1 recruit in Florida and No. 15 in the ESPN 300. It will be an unofficial visit for Sharpe, 247 Sports reports, and Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School of Jacksonville) previously visited Clemson this summer. If the visit goes well enough, it opens the door for Sharpe to return on an official visit later on. If Dabo Swinney can land Deshaun Watson from Georgia and Sharpe from Florida, Clemson will have fully emerged as a recruiting power in the southeast.

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Summer recruit wrap: Florida State 

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


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Four-star offensive guard Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) played coy this week at The Opening, claiming that six schools were still on the final list of schools that he would decide from. But if you talked to the other players at the event, they all agreed that one school stood out over the others for Martinez.

That school was Florida State.

And Florida State was school he announced for Wednesday at The Opening.

“It's a great school,” said Martinez, who is ranked as the No. 274 player overall in the ESPN 300, earlier this week.

“You can't say anything bad about them. With all the recruiting classes they are bringing in, they are definitely getting up there near the top. Coach [Rick] Trickett and I have a great relationship. We've bonded over the years and the times that I've been over there. Our relationship is really good. Not a lot of kids like Coach Trickett's coaching style, but I don't mind it. It's something that appeals to me.”

What is also appealing is the offensive class that Florida State is building. After landing a commitment earlier today from defensive back Trey Marshall, the Noles have 17 commitments. Many of those pledges are slated to help reload an offensive line that could use more depth.

Martinez is the third quality offensive lineman to join the FSU class, but is also the highest-ranked prospect to join the group. Combined with three-star offensive guard Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) and three-star offensive tackle Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike), the Noles now have about as solid of a foundation as they can with their offensive line class.

But the Noles hope they aren't done on the offensive line.

FSU is in good shape with highly regarded offensive tackles Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) and Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) and is still fighting to make up ground for tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School). If the Noles can land even one, but possibly pull in two of the three, then it could go down as one of the nation’s best offensive line classes.

ESPN 300 targets: Florida State 

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With the release of the ESPN 300 rankings on Monday, NoleNation takes a look at some targets the Seminoles could be in position to land.


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