Florida State Seminoles: Maquedius Bain

#BlueChipBattles: Dec. 21

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Dee Liner, Reuben Foster, Tray MatthewsESPN.comReuben Foster (center) is torn between good friends Dee Liner (left) and Tray Matthews (right).

No. 1 ILB Reuben Foster has voiced his desire to play with at least one of his SEC-bound friends next season. But will he follow Tray Matthews to Georgia or hook up with Dee Liner wherever the ESPN 150 DL settles? It remains to be seen, but the mystery surrounding his recruitment keeps Foster at the top of our #BlueChipBattles.

Each week, RecruitingNation summons its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

Here are this week's top battles Insider, and you can take a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles on SportsNation.

ESPN 150 DT Bain ready for LSU visit 

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ESPN 150 defensive lineman Maquedius Bain (Davie, Fla./University School) has completed his first goal of winning a state championship.

Now the 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior has to figure out his recruitment. He’ll take one big step in that direction with a visit to LSU this weekend.

Recruiting capsule: University School 

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Program: University School (Davie, Fla.)
Head coach: Roger Harriott
2011 record: 11-1 (loss to Delray American Heritage in Class 3A quarterfinals)

ESPN 150/300 prospects: Maquedius Bain (No. 6 DT, No. 41 overall), Jordan Cunningham (No. 6 WR, No. 46 overall)

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Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) has committed to Florida State over finalist Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.

In a year when the Seminoles need two to three defensive ends, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound four-star ESPN 300 prospect becomes the first.

"The reason I chose Florida State is because I felt that they gave me the best opportunity to make it to the [National Football] League,” Bellamy said. “I am not just saying that that is the most important thing, but a lot of people throw around the Vanderbilt education and stuff, but you can't really compare their education to any other BCS school. Florida State's education isn't so bad either. I think if you get that degree, you can still do a lot with it.

"I wanted to wait to make this decision on the 11th so I could get some recognition to my teammates and the program. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. When you walk into Florida State with all their legendary players, legendary defensive ends. I feel like all my hard work has paid off when a school like that offers me a scholarship. I am real excited to do this because I feel like I am one step closer to my dream and I am ready to make it happen."

Playing time did cross Bellamy's mind once or twice. With a loaded haul at the defensive end position in 2012, he understood there would be competition.

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Florida State's team RecruitingNation class ranking has fallen for the third consecutive time Thursday.

Since the middle of July, the Seminoles expectedly lost commitments from Maquedius Bain and Sojourn Shelton. Neither was thought to be in the class on the first Wednesday of February, 2013.

But the true reason the class ranking dropped is due to additions by other teams in the rankings.

Clemson moved up from No. 12 to No. 11 and sits immediately ahead of the Seminoles in the pecking order. LSU, too, moved up from 11 to 10.

Both programs have added commitments. Florida State has not.

The Seminoles additions will come, with two prominent names in the mix.

Defensive end Davin Bellamy is set to announce his choice Aug. 11. And top prospects such as outside linebacker Matthew Thomas have Florida State at the top of their list.

Should coach Jimbo Fisher have a successful season on the field this fall, FSU fans can expect this ranking to wind up being much higher when all is said and done.
Every Sunday, NoleNation will take a look back at the week that was around Florida State, recapping the top stories and shedding a little light on a few that might have fallen between the cracks.

1. Jimbo Fisher Camp signees

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher relies heavily on his summer camps to evaluate recruits -- and his staff spent much of Wednesday through Friday working closely with dozens of top prospects. Offers and commitments might have seemed sparse as a result. But the Seminoles gained two commits for future classes: 2014 WR Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) and 2015 QB DeAndre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast).

McCrary becomes the fourth commitment in the Seminoles 2014 signing class. He chose FSU over offers from Clemson, Florida, Kansas State, Marshall and USF.

Johnson said he chose Florida State because he expects playing time to be available at QB when he arrives in 2015. Johnson led First Coast to the 7A state championship game, passing for 2,912 yards and 32 touchdowns and running for 212 yards with four touchdowns.

2. Noles' 2013 class slips to No. 8

When the latest RecruitingNation rankings came out Wednesday, they reflected the decommitment of DL Maquedius Bain (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova Southeast) from Florida State, which slipped two spots to No. 8.

Bain's status had been in question before his decision Wednesday: He had maintained a list of top schools other than FSU since his commitment in November.

The top-10 class, however, holds 17 commitments led by RB Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./Saint Petersburg Catholic), No. 34 overall and No. 4 at his position. Green is one of four ESPN 150 players and 10 ESPN 300 players.

3. OL Richy Klepal commits

A day earlier, FSU had picked up a commitment from ESPN 300 OL Richy Klepal (Tampa, Fla./Plant).

Ranked No. 218 overall and No. 15 at tackle, Klepal chose Florida State over offers that included Georgia, Miami and North Carolina. In his evaluation, ESPN's Craig Haubert said of Klepal:
"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."
4. Bowden proves prescient

Sunday, Penn State said it would remove the statue of the winningest coach in NCAA Division I college football, Joe Paterno,

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, the sport's second-winningest coach, had said earlier that the statue ought to come down.

Ultimately, Penn State's president, Rod Erickson, said the statue would be placed in storage: "I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," he said in a Sunday morning statement.

5. EJ Manuel visits Elite 11

On a day when the future of dual-threat quarterbacks was in focus, FSU passer EJ Manuel was among the college-football players who shared insight with recruits at the Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Said Manuel to ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman:
"You can't be upset that you're fast," said Florida State QB EJ Manuel, a former dual-threat prospect and counselor this week to the high school quarterbacks in Redondo Beach. "You're a defense's worst nightmare if you're somebody who can take off and run."


Manuel went on to say that the talent level among quarterbacks at a camp such as Elite 11 demands that each be a good passer, whether or not each can also run well with the ball: "What I think, is if you win games, you're a good quarterback."
ESPN's revised recruiting rankings were released Thursday, and there aren't many changes among the 17 players already committed to Florida State for 2013.

Ten of FSU's commitments remain in the ESPN 300, though wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) dropped out of the ESPN 150.

Overall, Florida State ranks fifth nationally for the work coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff have already done on the recruiting trail, and a few big fish remain in the pond.

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