Florida State Seminoles: USC football

ESPN 150 S McQuay commits to USC

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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
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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.

2014 DE Denzel Ware commits to FSU

September, 2, 2012
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Florida State added a sixth member to its 2014 recruiting class late Saturday night with the commitment of Denzel Ware (Crestview, Fla./Crestview).

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive end, who was in attendance for the Seminoles' rout of Murray State, got the feeling that Tallahassee was the place for him.

"It feels great," Ware said of making his decision. "Watching the game, I watched Brandon Jenkins and sat in the recruiting section and got a tour of the school, I just felt like the time was right."

Florida State's defensive ends combined for four sacks in the first half alone, showing Ware it is a scheme in which he could thrive. That, along with the relationships he has with the coaches, made the biggest difference.

"I have a great bond with the coaches," he said. "I like the tradition. I just really love it.

"[Defensive ends] coach [D.J.] Eliot was like, 'Are you for real?' I told him I was for real and he nearly jumped out of his shoes. He introduced me to the whole coaching staff and everyone was proud."

Ware said he plans on taking other visits, but considers himself firm to the Seminoles. The junior defensive end said FSU won out for his commitment over Alabama and USC.

Haney: Potential breakout players in 2012 

August, 29, 2012
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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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Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) recently named Florida State his leader, and as he arrived Friday at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Champion Gridiron Kings event, his recruitment remains unchanged.

"I am still open, but Florida State is still my leader," Thomas said. "They told me I could come in and compete for a starting job my freshman year. After them it is Alabama, Georgia, USC and Miami."


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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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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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