Florida State Seminoles: USC recruiting

ESPN 150 S McQuay commits to USC

January, 4, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After four prospects decommitted from the USC Trojans since the beginning of November, the Trojans have finally got some good news as ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) verbally committed to USC tonight during the Under Armour All-America Game.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pound four-star athlete selected the Trojans over Florida State, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Michigan.

As a senior, McQuay totaled 54 tackles and five interceptions on defense. He also added five receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown on offense.

McQuay, the nation’s No. 3 safety and a starter in Friday's UA Game, is expected to enroll early at USC and be eligible to play spring football.

With McQuay's decision, the Trojans have 15 verbal commitments, including 10 who are members of the ESPN 150. Each of the 15 commitments is ranked as a four-star or higher.

ESPN 150 S McQuay set to decide Friday 

December, 30, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) will be making his college decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.

ESPN 150 DT Bryant keeps Canes close 

September, 30, 2012
ESPN 150 defensive tackle Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic) was on the move Saturday and didn’t have much time to talk.

“I’m heading to watch the Miami game right now,” he said. “I haven’t seen them live yet this year so I’m pretty excited.”

What does the 6-foot-1, 295-pound senior think about the school he committed to this year?

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5-star OT Laremy Tunsil names officials 

August, 8, 2012
Schools are fighting to get in with five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), but only five programs will be lucky enough to host the No. 3 prospect in the country for an official visit this fall.

“I will be taking official visits to Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and USC,” Tunsil said.

Three of the programs made the cut because of their history.

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RB Jamel James gets long look at FSU 

July, 18, 2012
College coaches can usually gauge a prospect's interest by whether or not they make the effort to come to campus and attend a camp.

[+] EnlargeJamel James
Courtesy of Scott FinkESPN 300 RB Jamel James says he and a fellow Texan, Florida State TE commit Christian Morgan,

"plan on going to the same college."
ESPN 300 running back Jamel James (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch) probably proved his point arriving in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning -- about 740 miles and 12 hours later.

"It was a long ride," laughed James. "Me and my coach drove. It was a pretty long drive, pretty boring, actually, until we got into Florida."

It didn't take that long for James to impress. Early on, it seems like the feeling is mutual.

Even though James has only been on campus for a matter of hours, his first look has been a good one.

"The campus is beautiful," said James, 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds. "There are very down-to-earth people here. The first lady I met, she gave me like four hugs before she even knew my name. That's pretty nice to see people be able to do that. It shows a lot about the whole campus and the whole football program here."

Florida State found themselves a competitive advantage in Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy), a Seminoles commitment.

"That's my buddy," James said with a smile. "That is my buddy. He's in my ear. Me and him became best friends when we were both interested in Washington. After all of that, we just stuck with it and stuck together. We are about to go have a conversation about college right now.

"We plan on going to the same college because me and him are a dominant duo. We already know that before we even play together."

The math isn't exactly difficult here. Morgan committed to Jimbo Fisher on June 26 to make good on his half of the deal.

James understands that. And while he hasn't gone ahead and made the decision yet, it is looking like a viable option.

"He's committed to here and I am just scoping it out like he did when he first came here," James said. "He waited a couple of days, a week, until he made his final decision and he said that he loves it. I can see why. The people are a different breed to Texas people. It is real different, but I like it."

The Florida State coaching staff spent a lot of time watching the prized talent go through drills. When he took time to rest in between repetitions, they spent it talking to him.

It is the kind of attention the nation's No. 223 overall player is looking for.

"I have been talking to them a lot," James explained. "They have offered me -- not today, a while back -- and I have just been sitting on it and thinking about it and seeing what I like. I came out and visited and it is good so far. I am loving it. The coaches are talking to me a lot and showing me the love. I like it when they do that.

"He knew me before I could say my name," he added of Fisher. "We had a pretty good conversation. He seems pretty interested in me as long as all the other coaches do, too."

Over the remainder of his trip, James will tour the campus and the surrounding area to get a feel for what life as a student-athlete at FSU is like.

The undecided tailback, who also has offers from Arkansas, Houston, LSU, Texas Tech, USC and West Virginia, has targeted an area of study once enrolled at his school of choice. Florida State also appears safe on that front.

"We saw most of it today," James said of the FSU campus. "We didn't get to go see too much of the academic side of things, but they pointed some stuff out. I want to venture out and see it.

"I would like to major in physical therapy and it sounds like they have a pretty darn good program here. I am just here to learn."

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OT Richy Klepal plans announcement 

July, 16, 2012
Four-star offensive tackle Richy Klepal (Tampa, Fla./Plant) is set to announce his collegiate decision.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman will make his commitment public Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. along with two Plant teammates at the school's ceremony.

Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Southern Cal are on the short list for the country's 218th-best player.

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