NCF On The Trail: Florida State Seminoles

UA game: The all-lobby team 

December, 28, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sunday was check-in day for the Under Armour All-America game week. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 on Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. ET. There were several moments caught on camera during the day that were posted on social media. Here's a closer at the best sights and sounds from the players during check-in.

ESPN 300 defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, a Texas Tech pledge, startled everyone in the room when he gave his native island of Hawaii some love in the following Vine video:



Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart showed up to the check-in carrying a "Chucky Doll." The doll, which started as a tradition at Florida with Dominique Easley and then Dante Fowler Jr., has now found its way to Cowart. For Florida State and Auburn fans, it wasn't a tip as to where he is leaning toward committing. Cowart also was sporting FSU shorts and later mentioned Auburn as a favorite in an interview.



Four-star running back Damien Harris did a vine video announcing his final three and his announcement date of Jan. 9.



The best haircut at the UA check-in belongs to kicker Drew Galitz, a Baylor recruit, who showed off his unique hairstyle on a Vine video.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, with only a few months until signing day, is torn between three schools — Florida, Florida State and Auburn.

The No. 2-ranked prospect in the country plans to visit all three of those schools along with a Pac-12 school in January, if time allows.


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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Terry Beckner Jr. shies away from the media, but as the No. 1-ranked prospect, the media is drawn to him. The Under Armour All-American rolled into Orlando with plenty of reporters waiting to hear where he was at in the process.

Having already taken a visit to Florida State and scheduled visits to Ohio State on Jan. 23 and Missouri Jan. 30, Beckner says he will likely take a visit to either Auburn or Oregon on Jan. 16.

The top-ranked prospect knows he is under the microscope, but doesn’t let that impact his process or decision.

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Florida making run at FSU QB commit 

December, 28, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN 300 quarterback commit Deondre Francois is one of three Florida State quarterback commits playing in the 2015 Under Armour All-America game -- even though Kai Locksley will be in the game as a wide receiver. The logjam at quarterback has another in-state program trying to sneak in and possibly steal away a quarterback at the last minute.


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The addition of No. 1 2016 TE Isaac Nauta shows that the Florida State recruiting machine shows no signs of slowing down. Plus, Tennessee continues to impress with its 2015 defensive class.


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Early Commit: TE Isaac Nauta to FSU 

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Florida State appears on the way to another top-three recruiting class in 2015, and the Class of 2016 continues to build steam as Jimbo Fisher and staff are carrying as much momentum on the trail as any program in the country. On Monday, the nation's No. 1 junior tight end Isaac Nauta added his name to the 2016 class that now has five ESPN Jr300 commitments, including No. 3 overall and No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Malik Henry:


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5-star Cowart set to visit Auburn 

December, 13, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart has had Florida and Florida State near the top of his list for some time, but now that former Florida coach Will Muschamp is the defensive coordinator at Auburn, the Tigers are starting to make a push for the No. 2-ranked player in the nation.


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Torrance Gibson, Nick Bosa win state titles 

December, 13, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage defeated Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby 38-0 and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola 31-0 in the FHSAA class 5A and 7A state championship games on Friday. The games featured several prospects in the ESPN 300 and ESPN Junior 300, including five-star athlete Torrance Gibson and the 18th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Nick Bosa.

Snelson opens recruitment

The 25th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Dredrick Snelson, recently backed off his commitment to Miami. The 6-foot, 192 pound wide receiver said he felt he made a decision too soon in the recruiting process.

"I just felt like I did it too early," Snelson said. "I just want to do what’s best for me and give everyone an opportunity."

After opening things back up, Snelson said there are five schools he is now focusing on -- Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. He has no time frame for when he would like to make a decision.

Gibson likes what he sees from Ohio State quarterbacks

Five-star athlete and Ohio State commitment Gibson took notice when Ohio State’s third-string quarterback Cardale Jones led the Buckeyes to a 59-0 win against Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game last Saturday. The 13th-ranked player in the ESPN 300 said he is excited about how Ohio State has developed their quarterbacks this season.

"It excites me a lot," Gibson said. "They were down to their third-string quarterback, and look what Tom Herman did with him. 59-0, that’s very impressive."

Now that Ohio State is in the inaugural football playoff and will take on Alabama in the opening round, Gibson said he will be watching the game closely.

"It’s going to be a great, close game," he said. "Urban Meyer and Tom Herman, they believe in their system. It’s going to be a good game and I’m going to keep my eye on that game."

Bosa names a leader


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For the longest time it looked like Alabama was going to run away with the title for the top-ranked class, but here comes Florida State. Plus, why the hype around Josh Sweat?

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Under Armour All-American defensive end Josh Sweat committed to Florida State on Wednesday morning, becoming the Seminoles' second five-star pledge. Here's what the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2015 ESPN 300 brings to Jimbo Fisher's loaded roster:


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Are four-star DT Carlos Davis and his twin, three-star tackle Khalil Davis, still committed to Nebraska? Good luck figuring that out. Plus, handicapping the finalists in advance of Josh Sweat’s Wednesday decision.

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David Cutcliffe of Duke said young coaches should turn to Kenny Rogers for advice on how to get ahead on the recruiting trail. Plus, Florida's Jim McElwain has been busy since he was hired.

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Go ahead and debate who should have been in the inaugural College Football Playoff, but there’s no debating Bama, Oregon, FSU and OSU dominate in recruiting.

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The good news Thursday was that both Florida and Nebraska filled their open coaching positions in a timely manner, but the bad news is we’re less than 60 days until signing day. Plus, what type of recruiter is Nebraska getting?


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Top 2015 juco classes 

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National signing day is quickly approaching, but first up is the mid-year junior college signing period. The opportunity for junior college prospects to sign with FBS schools starts Dec. 17, and many prospects have already made commitments. With the release of the ESPN Junior College 50, let’s take a look at five programs (in alphabetical order) having success in the junior college ranks.


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