Florida State Seminoles: Tony Brown

SEC recruiting storylines: Dec. 19 

December, 19, 2013
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Here are five things to watch over the holidays in the SEC:

Fournette set to announce

The nation’s top ranked prospect, running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine), is scheduled to announce his decision during the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2, which will be on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET. Fournette has made official visits to Texas, LSU and Alabama.
If there was ever a no-win situation, this is it: forced to pick only 10 prospects -- all national names -- who will be invested in the Miami-Florida State game on Saturday. Inevitably, a major FSU target will be left off the list or a five-star recruit will make an 11th-hour trip to Tallahassee. It is a visitor list that might not be rivaled by any other program this season.

We forge ahead, though, with 10 recruits who will be watching from the bleachers in Doak Campbell with a vested interest in the game.

Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Juniper Serra)
Miami went into California for an ESPN 300 commit, and now the Seminoles are looking to do the same. The five-star and No. 2 cornerback is still pretty open at this point, and the Noles are surging. Over the last few weeks, Florida State has pushed into Jackson’s top group, and now he will officially visit this weekend. FSU might be your new dark horse for Jackson.


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ACC recruiting classes roundtable 

October, 2, 2013
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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 recruiting mailbag

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College football kicks off in two weeks, but recruiting never stops. We present the first installment of the ACC recruiting mailbag, answering the pressing questions from ACC fans. We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter to @cdowlar or @JShankerESPN. Feel free to email us as well at cdowlar@gmail.com or JShankerESPN@gmail.com.

@Jameshall616: Do you think FSU will get a five-star prospect in this class?

Corey Dowlar: The quick answer is no, probably not. They are in the running for three -- Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen). But as it stands now, they are all heading to the SEC. I would guess the best chance at one of the three would be Humphrey when Jeremy Pruitt's Alabama ties are taken into consideration.

Humphrey intends to run track in college, too, so FSU's history of dual-sport athletes (Jameis Winston and Ronald Darby, for example) could make an impression. Winston, especially since he is not only one of the more prominent members of the football team but also from the state of Alabama, could be a factor.

@Kzovko: Outside of the state of PA, who are some "must-get" players for Pitt?

Jared Shanker: I’m not sure there any must-get players for Pitt outside of Pennsylvania right now considering the remaining top targets not just in the state but in the WPIAL. Anything less than at least two of Alex Bookser, Dravon Henry, Shai McKenzie and Montae Nicholson should be considered a major disappointment and would only intensify the longstanding criticisms of Paul Chryst’s ability to recruit.

But for Pitt’s out-of-state targets, I think Qadree Ollison from Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius tops that list, especially if they miss on McKenzie. They have a shot at ESPN 300 receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan), although I think he lands elsewhere in the ACC. With Rutgers filling up at receiver, four-star Juwann Winfree (Englewood, N.J./Dwight Morrow) has to move Pitt up at least a little. Pitt was at the top with Rutgers, but look out for Virginia or West Virginia. Chris James (Niles, Ill./Notre Dame) is another option at running back.

@vincevinvinny: Who are Clemson's top remaining targets? And where do they go at defensive end after Rick Leonard?

Dowlar: One guy fits both criteria pretty well. Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) is the country's No. 168-ranked player and a four-star prospect. You'd better believe the Tigers would love to have him in this class. Another guy they'd love to bring in is 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide receiver Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe). Clemson will be fighting Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

At defensive end, there is another nice option in Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page). At 6-7, 202, Featherston has a tremendous frame to add weight. And he'll need to do that. He's ranked by ESPN as the No. 27 player in the country and a four-star prospect. Clemson is thought to be the team to beat for Featherston with North Carolina, NC State and Ohio State lurking in the background.

@JacobsDj082167: You think [Ishmael] Witter goes to Cuse if [Jonathan] Hilliman goes RU?

Shanker: Now that Hilliman is officially committed to Rutgers, it probably closes the door at running back for the Scarlet Knights, who have three pledges at the position. Rutgers looked to be the favorite for Witter, but now that absolutely opens the door even more for Syracuse. He took a visit to Syracuse in late July, and at the moment I think Syracuse looks to be the most likely landing spot. However, don’t count out the SEC when it comes to pulling recruits, and Missouri has offered. Big Ten program Indiana offered recently, too, and if the Hoosiers can get to six or seven wins, they could close strong.

ESPN 300: July 30 update

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Tom Luginbill breaks down the significant movers in the ESPN 300 rankings, including a new player in the top three, players who made massive jumps further down in the rankings and new positional No. 1s at wide receiver and outside linebacker.

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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FSU Top 5: The Opening standouts 

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NoleNation takes a look at five Florida State targets or commitments who helped their stock at The Opening:

5. ATH Derwin James (Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale)
6-2, 199 pounds
2015 prospects not yet rated


The Seminoles' first commitment for 2015 was one of the few 2015 players at The Opening. He was thought of relatively highly heading in, and he made enough of an impression to show that he definitely belonged out there with the rest of the top prospects. James ran good times and performed well in other skill tests and was definitely one of the top rising juniors.

4. WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
6-2, 191 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 126



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Target profile: Tony Brown 

July, 8, 2013
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Target: ESPN 150 CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), 6-foot, 196 pounds.

Status: Undeclared

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC and West Virginia.


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The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.

ESPN 150 CB Brown talks recent visits 

April, 26, 2013
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In the few times he has found reprieve from his busy track season, ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown has managed to get out of town for two big spring game visits.

Things are moving so fast, though, that Brown has had little time to sit down and think things through. His grand plan is being made up on the fly right now.


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ESPN 150 targets: Florida State 

April, 18, 2013
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With the release of the ESPN 150 today, here are some of Florida State's top targets on the list:

1. David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) 6-foot-7, 280 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 12

Why they want him: Sharpe has all the size and athleticism colleges are looking for in their offensive tackles. As a basketball player, he's got the footwork to go along with a great frame. He's a slam dunk for any team that lands him and should be a rock on the offensive line for years to come.

Who else wants him: Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State are considered the frontrunners for Sharpe at this point. He's also got offers from Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Odds they get him: 25 percent


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Weekend recruiting rewind 

April, 15, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Spring games are a chance for coaches and players to test what they've got in a more game-like situation. Practice is one thing, but putting on uniforms and taking to the stadium in front of fans is another.

It's also a chance to have prospects on campus in numbers.

As far as recruiting events go, it wasn't furiously busy. What happened instead was a lot of marketing and road-paving for the future.


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CB Tony Brown enjoying two-sport life 

April, 5, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas – Tony Brown simply makes it look easy.

The ESPN Watch List cornerback from Beaumont (Texas) Ozen did it again last Saturday at Texas Relays, blowing away the field in the 110-meter hurdles and reminding everyone why recruiting is one of the last things on his mind right now.

Brown entered the meet ranked No. 1 nationally in the event. Then he put up a blazing time of 13.38 seconds in the finals to establish a new Texas Relays record.


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Five cornerbacks for 2014 

November, 28, 2012
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NoleNation takes a look at candidates for the cornerback position out of the class of 2014.

Nigel Patten (Miami/Booker T. Washington) -- Emerged on the scene at Florida State's camp over the summer impressing with his pure speed. Also went on to win an award at Florida's camp for the fastest man among his group. Patten was offered early by Florida State and assistant coach James Coley who will be hoping to open a pipeline at Booker T. Washington High School. He's also teammates with other targets such as Matthew Thomas, Denver Kirkland and Treon Harris.

D'Andre Payne (Washington D.C./Howard D. Woodson) -- Payne was offered by Florida State over the summer to go along with a multitude of others. Most recently, Payne was on campus for the Florida-Florida State game on an unofficial visit. Coming all the way down from Washington D.C. could be indicative of his interest in the Seminoles. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins has had success in the area landing targets such as Ronald Darby and Eddie Goldman as recently as last year.

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