Florida State Seminoles: The Opening 2013

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening has concluded and it did not disappoint. The top prospects in the nation were invited to Nike headquarters to display their ability and compete against the best of the best.

RecruitingNation was on hand for every event to take in the happenings throughout the week. Here are a few storylines:

Who committed

Florida State landed two in-state prospects during the final day of The Opening on Wednesday: four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) and three-star safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). Marshall was a finalist for the SPARQ national championships where he posted a 40-yard-dash time of 4.34 seconds. ESPN 300 linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), son of former Tennessee Volunteers and Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates, verbally committed to the Vols. Four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) verbally committed to USC over UCLA.

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.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Speed is the name of the game for three-star defensive back Trey Marshall of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, so it was no surprise that he decided to end the recruiting process early and was the first player to announce his decision Wednesday at The Opening.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Marshall, ranked as the nation’s No. 49 safety prospect, announced his decision for Florida State on ESPNU on Wednesday. He selected the Seminoles over offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He said his final two schools were Ole Miss and Florida State, but in the end, nothing could match what he saw in Tallahassee.

"I like their tradition,” Marshall said earlier in the week before his decision. “Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and just the vibe between the players are incredible. How it was a couple years ago when they wasn't doing to good, the players weren't really together with the coaches. Now the players are around the coaches, and players stay around each other like a family.

“Being at a place that has that down-home family feel was very high in my decision.”

Marshall said he is 100 percent sure of his decision, but will still take all five of his official visits. At The Opening, he talked about still taking trips to FSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Miami and was unsure of his final visit.

The addition of Marshall gives Florida State 16 commitments and bolsters a class that already ranks as the No. 5 group in the country.

The Seminoles have been on a run of defenders thus far in the class of 2014 -- including Marshall, FSU has seven defensive players committed. Not only are most of the players highly ranked -- such as fellow Opening star Kain Daub -- the defenders almost all have very good speed. That’s something Daub said will be important for the rest of the FSU class.

“We’re bringing a lot of speed to Tallahassee,” Daub said. “The coaches up there know that if you want to win championships, you have to be able to play with speed, and that’s why I’m excited to be going after guys like Marshall. That dude has some wheels.”

Marshall does for sure. He ran a blazing 4.34 40-yard-dash at the SPARQ national championship on Monday.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Offensive lineman Demetrius Knox has had an interesting recruitment thus far. The one-time Texas commit is now no longer considering the Longhorns and will likely head out of state.

The four-star lineman has a current top five of UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida and TCU and says he still needs to further evaluate these programs to see which is the best fit for him.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Three-star safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), after running a blazing 4.34 40-yard-dash at the SPARQ national championship on Monday, said he will make his final decision on Wednesday between Ole Miss and Florida State.


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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) has been committed to Florida State since April, which means he has his recruiting hat on at The Opening. The No. 36 ranked player in the nation has his eye on a few uncommitted prospects to target for the Seminoles.


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ESPN 300 CB Tabor has two on top 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 defensive back Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) has a top five consisting of Alabama, Maryland, Florida State, Florida and Vanderbilt, but two might be inching ahead of the others.

Tabor, who is No. 16 in the ESPN 300 and the nation's No. 4 conerback, talked about his favorites during registration for The Opening football camp:

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ESPN 300 OL Martinez set to decide 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) is set to make his decision Wednesday afternoon at The Opening. The ESPN 300 member will choose between his six finalists -- Miami, Alabama, Florida State, Vanderilt, Tennessee and LSU.

Martinez took time out during registration on Sunday to talk about his six finalist.


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ESPN 300 DB McGraw names top 3 

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Defensive back Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) has plenty of options for his school of choice, but the ESPN 300 prospect has narrowed his list to three.


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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is one of only five 2015 prospects invited to The Opening. The standout prospect is honored by the accomplishment and is looking forward to experiencing the event firsthand.

"It's definitely super special. I remember watching it on TV and now knowing it's a big-time deal. It's the top seniors in the country, so to be invited as a junior is an honor," he said. "All week I was posting it on Facebook and Twitter, like check me out on ESPNU. My parents will be back home having a viewing party, so I have a lot of support."

Kirk will have his family and friends watching him on TV throughout the week, but he will likely have a lot of college coaches watching as well. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and more.

Those offers came in fast and while he doesn't yet have any favorites, there were a few offers that really caught his attention.


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