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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Florida State 

July, 16, 2013
NoleNation takes a look at some of the most wanted prospects in the ESPN Junior 300 for Florida State.

1. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy)
6-foot-1, 183 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 2

A commitment to LSU since last November, there are no immediate signs that Toliver will leave his Tigers pledge. But Florida State continues to recruit him heavily -- and it should, given his tremendous ability.

Five WRs to watch in 2014 

October, 11, 2012
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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Homecoming of sorts for FSU's McAllister

September, 30, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- Amidst a deep and talented interior defensive line, junior defensive tackle Demonte McAllister found himself on the field early and often against in-state opponent USF on Saturday.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireFSU's Demonte McAllister (97) tackles USF running back Lindsey Lamar (5).
It wasn't just in the beginning. And it wasn't just at the end.

McAllister was on the field throughout and during some of the most pivotal moments.

"It was very nice to be out there," he said. "I have been practicing hard and working hard to get out there all season to be in this position to make big plays like that."

Playing inside Raymond James Stadium, just a stone's throw from Alonso High School in Tampa, McAllister was involved in a homecoming of sorts.

Family and close friends snatched up every ticket they could to be there. And McAllister was determined to impress.

"It was great. I knew that I had family in the stands, friends from high school, people that I've known all my life," McAllister said. "It was a great experience. It was my second time actually playing in here and I had a great time."

It wasn't always great for the defense, though.

The Bulls started strong gaining 144 yards of offense in the first quarter. But Florida State, and McAllister rallied to shut down their offense limiting USF to just 18 yards in the second and 11 yards in the third.

McAllister says it is all about rolling with the punches.

"Games hardly ever go as you plan them to go," he said. "You have to have a good plan B and we just came out and kept focusing. It was tough, but we stayed poised and got the job done."

Haney: Potential breakout players in 2012 

August, 29, 2012
Every season the stars of college football change. The crop is turned over and we meet the new faces of the sport. Sometimes those players jump out and surprise us, rising from part-time role players to the feature of an offense or defense. Who will those players be in 2012? Travis Haney looks at 30 potential breakout players this season.

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Marvin BracyRIKU/ESPNHSFSU coach Jimbo Fisher says speedy freshman Marvin Bracy has the potential, once he gains game experience, to contend for special teams play.

Jimbo Fisher thinks he has found his replacement for the departed Greg Reid -- at least on special teams.

While there's still a battle for the starting field corner job, Fisher said sophomore Rashad Greene likely will take over Reid's role as Florida State's top punt returner.

"Rashad would probably be at the head of the pack right now," Fisher said.

Reid was perhaps the top punt returner in the country, having racked up 1,117 yards in his three years at FSU -- just 313 shy of Deion Sanders' school record. When he was dismissed on Aug. 1, the Seminoles were left with a handful of talented options, but few with Reid's expertise.

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It has been a revolving door at right tackle since Florida State wrapped up a bowl win over Notre Dame nine months ago, with junior college transfer Menelik Watson being the latest lineman to get his turn.

Watson spent much of the first week of fall practice working with the second-team offense, but in the last two Florida State practices he has taken the bulk of the reps with the ones.

Watson has only been playing football for the past few years, having grown up in England. His fundamentals are still a bit raw, but at 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds his physical stature makes him an imposing force.

"He's raw, but when he gets his hands on you, no one's going anywhere," said QB Clint Trickett, who has worked with Watson in the second-team offense through much of fall practice. "I saw him handle (Brandon Jenkins) a couple times."

Watson's first-team reps come at the expense of fellow juco transfer Daniel Glauser, who spent Wednesday's early workouts with the No. 2 unit.

While Bobby Hart had been the starter at right tackle during the final two months of the 2011 season and Bryan Stork appeared to have a handle on the job at the end of spring, head coach Jimbo Fisher said he now sees it as a two-man battle between the two transfers.

"Those two guys are playing right now at right tackle, and they're doing some really good things," Fisher said.

The rest of the line appears somewhat settled with Stork in the middle, Josue Matias and Tre Jackson at the guard spots and Cameron Erving looking exceptional at left tackle.

"Cam Erving's been the most impressive to me," Trickett said. "Cam looks like he's a three-year All-American out there."

Ready to rumble: Wednesday's practice was the last for Florida State before its first scrimmage.

For a bulk of the presumed starters there's not much to prove, but for a number of the highly touted youngsters, Thursday's scrimmage will be a first look at how they perform at game speed.

"It's going to be pretty exciting to see what the young guys do when they get up against each other," safety Lamarcus Joyner said. "We'll see if they go with the flow when the game gets a little bit faster out there. That's the part we're waiting for."

That might be particularly true of freshman corner Ronald Darby, who has earned positive reviews during early practices and could stake his claim to the starting field corner job now held by Nick Waisome.

"We've been rotating there at corner with a couple different guys," Fisher said. "(Darby) is doing a really good job. He's learning."

Keelin Smith and Colin Blake, the other top options at corner, have both been limited during practice. Blake has been in a non-contact jersey for the past week, while Smith has been sidelined with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, senior Chris Thompson has looked strong since returning from a broken back, and he has gotten the majority of the reps with the No. 1 offense. Thursday's scrimmage should provide the veteran with his biggest test yet.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how Thompson will perform after coming back from that injury," Joyner said.

Extra points: Florida State's kick return drills included a bevy of potential options, including Darby, Joyner, Marvin Bracy, Karlos Williams and Rashad Greene. … Safety Terrence Brooks continues to wear a blue non-contact jersey during practice but has not appeared limited during workouts. … Greg Dent is still in a non-contact jersey following an offseason knee injury, too, but he continues to earn raves from coaches and teammates for his improved play so far. "You would think that he had some magic potion or something," Trickett said. "He's been playing his butt off."

Watch: FSU signs have deep meaning

August, 3, 2012

Sojourn Shelton decommits from FSU 

July, 24, 2012
Rumors have swirled recently that Sojourn Shelton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) wasn't completely firm in his commitment to Florida State.

On Tuesday, the four-star defensive back decided to completely open things up.

"I honestly feel like -- with the recruiting and everything, with respect to the Florida State staff -- I have been committed there for a year and you kind of make a pact with these guys because they are going to be your coaches for a while," he began to explain. "I just feel like, with me, I am graduating early and enrolling in January, so I kind of want to make sure it is the best decision that I can make because you can't get that decision back.

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The University of Alabama already has commitments from O.J. Howard and Josh McNeil, two of the top five tight ends in the country, but that hasn’t stopped the Crimson Tide from going after one more in this class.

On Monday, ESPN 150 tight end Greg Taboada visited Tuscaloosa for the second time this summer. He toured the campus, talked with people in the business department and met with the coaching staff.

“Coach [Chris] Rumph is my main recruiter, and after the first time I was there, he had been getting on me to just come back one more time, so he could set up the whole tour,” Taboada said. “They just wanted me to come back one more time and get a better idea of what they’re about and all that.”

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ESPN 300 DE Paul James finishes strong 

July, 24, 2012
Miami Norland defensive end Paul James III earned an offer from Florida State after a strong effort at the Jimbo Fisher football camp last week but the 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior has long said he wants to get away from Florida for college.

James, ranked 198th in the ESPN 300, likes several programs including West Virginia, Illinois, Texas A&M and Alabama but admitted that he enjoyed his time at FSU camp.

"It was a lot of fun working with Coach [D.J.] Eliot and being on campus," James said. "It was very nice to be there and get a chance to see the area and hang out with the coaching staff.

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Scouts: Klepal gives FSU options 

July, 17, 2012
Florida State brought in several offensive line prospects in their 2011 class and got some good production from those players as freshmen. Outside of dipping into the Juco's a little the Seminoles didn’t address the O-Line in their No. 2 rated 2012 class. Now as they build their 2013 class they have turned their attention back to the O-Line and with a commitment today from ESPN 300 OL Richy Klepal (Tampa, Fla./Plant) they now have commitments from four O-Line prospects including two in the ESPN 150.

Their newest verbal is a prospect who projects to offensive tackle, but offers good versatility and could be a player that the Seminoles groom at a different position or in time can be a player that offers quality depth with the tools to potentially line up at different spots along the line. The four-star is a prospect who displays good flexibility, agility and balance and runs well and can be an effective blocker in space. He will need further physical development as he can benefit from more good mass and improved strength, but he is a big man with good athletic ability.

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Freddie Stevenson commits to FSU 

July, 4, 2012
ESPN 300 linebacker Freddie Stevenson committed to FSU on Wednesday evening, giving the Seminoles 16 commitments for their 2013 class.

A post on Stevenson's Twitter account read, "Itz official I'm a FSU commit #tomahawknation"

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Stevenson is from Bartow, Fla. He had dozens of offers, including ones from Texas A&M, Penn State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Duke.

He is ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the nation, and No. 50 overall in Florida.

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Four-star wide receiver Dominic Walker (Orlando, Fla./Maynard Evans) chose the Commodores over Florida State and Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

The No. 222 player in the ESPN 300 told the Orlando Sentinel that Vanderbilt had everything he wanted in a college:

"The reason I committed to that school is that it's the best of both worlds. It's an academic school and it's also located in the SEC."

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When tight end Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) announced his commitment Tuesday to Florida State, few were happier for him than good friend and Texas-bound 2013 commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina).

Raulerson, an ESPN 150 offensive lineman, has known Morgan since the two were attending camps in the eighth grade. The two were seen posing for pictures after Morgan’s announcement -- Morgan in his Florida State ball cap and Raulerson in his Longhorns cap.

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ESPN 300 DE Bellamy favors Noles 

June, 26, 2012
ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) is scheduled to announce his college choice Aug. 1. And, unless something changes in the next 36 days, he will commit to the Seminoles.

“I talked it over with my coach and my mom and Aug. 1 is the first day we will be in full pads,” Bellamy said. “So for security reasons, like getting hurt, I choose that date to make my decision.”

A talented basketball player as well, Bellamy has narrowed his list to a final three of Florida State, Vanderbilt and Georgia, in that order.

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Haskins, McElwain Shine At IMG Regional
Recruiting reporter Derek Tyson breaks down top performers from the IMG Southeast Regional tournament in Bradenton, Fla.