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Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Michael Johnson is commit No. 5 for Florida State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The 2013 evaluation process is well under way and scholarship offers are going out left and right from most programs. After signing a top 10 class a few weeks ago, Florida State is busy talking with the next wave of recruits and extended Miami (Florida) defensive back Michael Johnson an offer last week and it didn't take him long to wind up committed to the Seminoles.

"I just committed to Florida State. Just called Coach (James) Coley," Johnson told Warchant.com on Monday. "I love everything about FSU and have for a long time. Coach Coley is from this area so I know as a player I can trust him."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder will likely come to Tallahassee as a safety. Johnson did not hold any other offers but was drawing interest from a number of programs.

Florida State's class of 2013 now stands at five members with the addition of Johnson.

Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:24 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

ACC Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. While the past few years haven't been kind to the ACC in terms of on the field reputation, several schools are making quite the push on the recruiting trail. In 2010, no ACC team finished in the top 15 in the Maxpreps top 25 team rankings. In 2012, as many five could, including two top-five class possibilities. The league is very top-heavy but there's a clear talent influx headed to the East Coast with the upcoming class.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, ACC
College Commits Top 100 Moving
6. Miami 31 6
9. Florida State 16 4
13. Clemson 20 2
15. Virginia Tech 26 0
20. Virginia 25 2

Top storylines

1. Can Miami close on a top 10 class despite NCAA cloud?

This isn't what head coach Al Golden signed up for but it's what he has to deal with - which he's done superbly so far. It's no surprise that they've gotten some of the best players in their backyard and really sold recruits on the program despite whatever looming NCAA sanctions are bound to hit during their careers. One thing to keep in mind is that the Hurricanes can offer plenty of early playing time given the losses they've had due to underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft or graduation. There are several players that really aren't up to the caliber that Miami usually recruits but given Golden's track record of molding talent in previous stops, the full story on this class won't be written for some time. There are impact players on both sides of the ball, players who will add much-needed depth and potential redshirt candidates in what could be the ACC's largest class. A handful of players are still being recruited hard by other programs and will not doubt be hearing how hard the program will get hit by the folks in Indianapolis for the Nevin Shapiro scandal. It will be interesting to track down and see if the Hurricanes trend up or down on Signing Day in the team rankings.

2. Does Florida State close with a bang or go bust?

In his first year as head coach, Jimbo Fisher quickly brought the Seminoles back to national prominence in February by grabbing commitments from top recruits in talent producing Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 2011 had an elite recruit at each position outside of quarterback and FSU finished with a top three class. It looked like the program was destined for a similar finish early in the 2012 recruiting cycle but have been hit by several defections (notably to Alabama) and the crown jewel this year, quarterback Jameis Winston, is a threat to sign with another school and/or get drafted by a major league baseball team. There's still several very talented players, especially along the defensive line, but you wonder if this group gets picked apart or if Fisher and the talented recruiters on his staff close with a bang.

3. Does Clemson bring in another big haul?

If there was one big surprise on Signing Day last year, it was how well Clemson did. One of the frequently asked questions seemed to be how the Tigers were able to pull so many highly regarded recruits but it appears that Dabo Swinney and his staff's recruiting ability is one of the best in the ACC and one of the top groups on the East Coast. This year's group of commitments has plenty of talented players who should see early playing time and help Clemson reload for another ACC title run this season. The group is heavy along both lines but the Tigers are in the running for some impressive skill position talent this final week and could be poised for another big Signing Day.

4. Better in-state battle: Miami-Florida State or Virginia-Virginia Tech?

The fact that Virginia is even in the discussion is a testament to what Mike London had done in terms of turning around the program. Both programs in the state are about done with their recruiting classes and the Cavaliers could wind up with more top 100 commitments than their in-state rival. Virginia Tech's group is deeper and more balanced but doesn't have quite the impact players at the top that you would expect. Still, both programs look like they'll have a strong class come February 2nd.

Further to the South, both Florida programs are locked into a battle that could see both wind up as top 10 classes when all is said and done. Miami will have a bigger, deeper class while Florida State will likely end up with a star-filled group of players that might not have the numbers. Both programs be in a battle down to the final hours to see who finishes with a higher class ranking from the looks of it.

Most impressive class: Miami

Most underrated class: N.C. State

Work left to do: Boston College

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
4. Mario Edwards Jr. DL Florida State
12. Jameis Winston QB Florida State
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
17. Eddie Goldman DT Uncommitted
25. Travis Blanks DB Clemson
41. Eli Harold DL Virginia
45. Joel Caleb ATH Uncommitted
56. Mario Pender RB Florida State
63. Michael Moore DE Virginia
72. Deon Bush DB Miami
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Siravo, Boston College
Chad Morris, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables, Clemson
James Coley, Dameyune Craig, Eddie Gran and Lawrence Dawsey, Florida State
Mike Locksley, Maryland
Mike Reed and Jerry Petercuskie, N.C. State
Matt Lubick, Duke
Brian Bohannon and Andy McCollum, Georgia Tech
Terry Richardson and Brennan Carroll, Miami
Chris Kapilovic and Vic Koenning, North Carolina
Anthony Poindexter, Virginia
Shane Beamer and Torrian Gray, Virginia Tech

Head coach under pressure: Randy Edsall, Maryland

Top ACC class prediction: Florida State

Top ACC signee: Mario Edwards, Jr.

ACC school-by-school
Atlantic Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 LB Steven Daniels
OL Win Homer
There's not a real impact player in this class and that's the biggest issue. A solid group of front seven players and lineman, the lack of skill position talent is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Wes Brown
LB Abner Logan
OL Mike Madaras
 A solid effort by Edsall, it remains to be seen what kind of magic Locksley can work this year. Brown has a chance to play early in a variety of roles but there's a lot of talent that needs to be developed in this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 DT K'Hadree Hooker
QB James Summers
DE Kenderius Whitehead
 Though the Wolfpack missed out on some of the top in-state talent, this is an underrated group that has a lot of solid contributors. Summers seems to be the guy going forward while Whitehead is a great addition on the DL.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Tyler Cameron
LB Dominique Gibson
 Jim Grobe doesn't play many recruits early so it will be awhile before we know how good any of this class will be but Cameron is a great pick up and one of the top QBs in South Florida.
Coastal Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Max McCaffrey
DB Dwayne Norman
RB Shaquille Powell
Powell could have played at some bigger programs and is a hard runner who brings a lot to the table for the Blue Devils. There's a lot of skill position players who are not that fast but can contribute in a variety of areas.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 ATH Dennis Andrews
DE Francis Kallon
QB Justin Thomas
 Thomas will be a very good fit in the option offense at QB and might be the fastest triggerman Paul Johnson has ever had. Yellow Jackets also look like they're getting a good overall group of linemen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 LB Shakeel Rashad
OL J.J. Patterson
LB Phillip Williamson
 Between the NCAA, Butch Davis and the new staff, not much is expected of the Tar Heels' 2012 class. Losing QB Patton Robinette during UNC orientation to Vanderbilt is a huge blow.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
 Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.

Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:11 am
 

Productive weekend for 'Noles as they land three

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State fans were expecting a big recruiting weekend in Tallahassee and Jimbo Fisher and staff delivered, bringing in three commitments so far this week with a few more on the horizon as the Jimbo Fisher Summer Camp gets underway. 

The first player to commit to the Seminoles was Orange (Calif.) tight end Christo Kourtzidis, who made his pledge public on Saturday.

"It came down to FSU, Nebraska, and California," Kourtzidis told Warchant.com. "It was nothing against all the other schools because all of them were great but FSU just fit me in every single way. The offense, campus, it was just the perfect fit."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Californian is another big time commitment at the position after the school added nationally-ranked tight end Nick O'Leary in last year's recruiting class. One of the biggest factors that led Kourtzidis' to commit was the relationship he had with the coaching staff and in particular with his position coach James Coley.

"He's a players coach and I love that about Coach Coley," he said. "I'm really looking forward to having him coach me at Florida State."

The good news continued for the staff on Sunday as they added the commitments of Charlotte (N.C.) punter Cason Beatty and Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle James Hamilton.

"I just liked the vibe of Florida State, liked the coaching staff," Hamilton told Warchant. "Coach Fisher and Coach Odell (Haggins) are two great guys. They want me to play defensive tackle, and I decided I do want to play defensive tackle in college. The school is great, it's close to home and they compete every year for a big bowl game and the national championship." 

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Hamilton is also a standout offensive lineman in high school. He held offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Michigan State, USF and Texas A&M among others but the experience at Fisher's summer camp led him and the coaching staff to feel like his future was at Florida State on defense.

"They saw what I can do, saw my quickness, my explosiveness and what kind of damage I can do on the defensive side of the ball," he said. 

The trio's pledges give the Seminoles 13 commitments for the class of 2012. Beatty is the second kicker to join the class, while Hamilton is the fifth defensive lineman planning on heading to Tallahassee next fall. 

Fisher's Summer Camp resumes Monday and several of Florida State's commitments and recruiting targets are expected to be in attendance. 
Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:25 pm
 

New Jersey tackle flips from Rutgers to FSU

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State has been on a recruiting roll in the state of Florida so far but they’ve extended that success to one out of state recruit late Saturday night. The latest addition to the highly regarded class of 2011 comes from offensive lineman Josue Matias, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Union City (NJ) tackle committed to Rutgers this past Sunday but has instead decided to head south and join the Seminoles.

“That’s where I thought I’d have the most success at,” he told the Sentinel. “It was a hard decision but I just had to do what was right.”

Recruiting website Noles247 reported that FSU offensive coordinator James Coley had an in-home visit today to lockup the commitment. One of the top tackles on the East Coast, the 6-foot-6, 300 pound Matias is the 25th commitment for the Seminoles.

Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:13 pm
 

O'Leary adds to already impressive FSU class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Head coach Jimbo Fisher wants to rebuild Florida State back into a powerhouse using top in-state talent and he helped his cause by adding a verbal commitment from Palm Beach Gardens (FL) tight end Nick O'Leary. 247Sports' Florida State affiliate was the first to confirm the commitment.

Ranked as the sixth best tight end and 74th best player overall by CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, O'Leary is the 23rd commitment for the Seminoles in 2011 and joins a recruiting class that is ranked 4th in the country by MaxPreps.

O'Leary had also considered Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU and Ohio State but a close relationship with FSU offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley was a big factor in his commitment. The Dwyer High star is the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and also had an uncle that attended Florida State. Yahoo! columnist Dan Wetzel joked on Twitter about the O'Leary and Nicklaus connection by saying, "Augusta State blew it on this one."

Florida State figures to open next season in the top ten but O'Leary has the athleticism and skills necessary to compete for playing time early.

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