NCF On The Trail: FSU recruiting

Green has eye-opening official to FSU 

January, 27, 2013
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ESPN 150 running back Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) has been committed to Florida State since June, but with all the coaching changes in Tallahassee the 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior wanted to take his official visit this weekend and make sure FSU was the place for him.

Florida State Class of 2009 review 

January, 24, 2013
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Florida State's Class of 2009 lacked the star power of the last three years and eventually became a mixed bag of success and disappointment.

At the top of the class were top players at their position -- defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel and Greg Reid. And while McDaniel's career hasn't finished yet, there is a feeling of dissatisfaction for both.

Reid's career was full of highs and lows, much like the way he played. He produced huge, highlight-reel plays that impacted wins, but was also on the wrong end of some big missed assignments.

He was a major factor on the football field and his return abilities were missed. Then his career was cut short when he was removed from the team due to off-field issues which left Seminoles fans wondering what could have been with another year.


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ESPN 150 S McQuay commits to USC

January, 4, 2013
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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.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) looks decreasingly likely to sign with Florida State, the Seminoles have begun to make appropriate changes to their plans at wide receiver.


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Title in hand, LB Thomas sets visits 

January, 2, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) said he wanted to win a state championship before he would deal with his recruitment.


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DL Williams leans on officials for decision 

December, 30, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./ University Lab) nears national signing day, all that remains between him and choosing a school is a few official visits.


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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.


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Top recruits abound at Ga. state finals 

December, 13, 2012
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There will be no shortage of talent, or college coaches, on the field at the Georgia Dome this weekend, as the GHSA football state championships are set to take place. All seven games will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting TV, as well as streaming online at gpb.org/sports. Here are some prospects to keep an eye on in each of the seven matchups.

Prince Avenue (11-2) vs. ELCA (12-1): Class A Private, Friday, 2:30 p.m.

The top prospect in the opening matchup of the weekend is ESPN 150 defensive end Isaac Rochell. He committed to Notre Dame over 20 other offers back in June. His teammate, running back Keyante Green, is a ESPN 300 prospect who committed to Purdue during the summer after being previously committed to UCLA. Eagles Landing Christian Academy has two ESPN 2014 Watch List selections to keep an eye on as well in defensive end Andrew Williams and quarterback/athlete Dalton Etheridge. Williams, whose brother Anthony plays defensive end at Georgia Tech, looks to follow Rochell’s path as one of the most coveted prospects in Georgia.

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Recruiting rivalries: UF, FSU in 2014 

December, 4, 2012
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With just a few short months left until national signing day, Florida and Florida State, as always, have two of the best recruiting classes in the country. 2014 will be no different. Here's a look at some of the top prospects Florida and Florida State will battle for next year.

DE Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing): The ESPN Watch List defensive end visited Florida over the summer and came away impressed with the Gators. Williams also visited FSU for its game against the Gators. Other schools will be heavily involved in Williams' recruitment, but these two schools are sure to be near his top schools throughout.

DE Denzel Ware (Crestview, Fla./Crestview): Ware has been committed to FSU since September, but the Gators continue to pursue the talented defensive end. Ware took an unofficial visit to Florida for a game this year and came away impressed. He remains firmly committed to FSU, but Florida is still lingering.

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Edwards nets an offer from the 'Noles 

November, 5, 2012
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Florida State's newest offer recently went out in the state of New York, a place the Seminoles don't scour for players very often.

Agustus Edwards (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville), a 6-foot-2, 220-pound bruising running back, was on the receiving end, perhaps seen by the Seminoles as the heir apparent to fullback Lonnie Pryor.

"I don't really know right now," he said of the offer. "I am still committed to Syracuse. I might take an official visit there."

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Patten enjoys rivalry game 

November, 4, 2012
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Florida State's victory over arch-rival Miami was witnessed by some high-caliber recruits two weeks ago. Arguably, the Booker T. Washington group consisting of Matthew Thomas, Denver Kirkland, Treon Harris and Nigel Patten were the most important.

Patten, an offered junior defensive back, relished seeing two of his favorite teams go head to head in a physical bout.

"I thought it was great," he said. "It was a hard-fought game. Miami manned up to the competition. Florida State, with all the good recruiting classes, I feel like they were able to do what they did. It probably should have been a blowout."

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Williams intrigued by FSU's success 

November, 1, 2012
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It's not a surprise that the big boys of college football drop in on Eagle's Landing Christian in McDonough, Georgia.

After all, there are several elite FBS prospects starring there. Andrew Williams, a 2014 Watch List defensive end, is just one of them.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect reports that schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others, have been by this season.

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Kerr fresh off visit to Florida State 

October, 31, 2012
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Florida State has firmly entered their name into the Jeremy Kerr (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) sweepstakes.

The Seminoles offered the Miami (Fla.) tight end commitment just last week and, in all their haste, were able to secure an unofficial visit from the three-star prospect for the Duke game on Saturday.

"I enjoyed it," he said. "It was a great opportunity and I'm glad I saw the game day atmosphere."

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Franklin adds Florida State offer 

October, 31, 2012
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Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) was about to burst. He knew a secret, but he also knew he couldn't let it out just yet.

Finally on Wednesday, John Franklin (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), his teammate and quarterback got the news that Collins already knew. Franklin got his offer from Florida State.

"I was quiet because I didn't know what to say," Franklin said. "I was kind of shocked, at a loss for words. It was exciting, of course, for them to be one of the schools that I was hoping to offer me and they actually did.

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Shoe on the other foot for Baker 

October, 25, 2012
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Adrian BakerCorey Long/ESPN.comFSU commit Adrian Baker, a lifelong Miami (Fla) fan, found himself at Sun Life Stadium rooting against his childhood team for the first time.
For as long as he can remember, Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) cheered for the Miami Hurricanes. Especially when Florida State was their opponent.

But times have changed. The ESPN 300 athlete is now firmly committed to the Seminoles and his allegiance lies in Tallahassee.

So while being inside Sun Life Stadium last Saturday pulling for the road team was a little out of the ordinary for Baker, it eventually grew on him.

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