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Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 LB Amari Gainer.

Gainer -- whose father attended FSU -- opted to pledge his services to the Seminoles over Texas, Alabama and Miami. Explaining his decision, the 6-foot-2, 204-pounder said, "Just the relationship with the coaches and how comfortable I felt on campus. It was kind of just the way they treated me, interacted with me, and how they had a lot of interest." There are some significant rankings disparities when it comes to Gainer's place with the major recruiting outlets. While Scout.com does not place him in their 2018 master list (ditto for ESPN), Rivals sees him home at a lofty No. 32. He plays with a non-stop motor, but will need to pack on bulk over the next year-plus.
Source: Scout.com
May 27 - 12:45 PM

Florida State redshirt junior C Alec Eberle was named to the Rimington Trophy’s watch list.

Eberle started the final six games in 2015 and was one of only two FSU offensive linemen to start all 13 games last year. Florida State has a recent Rimington Trophy winner in Bryan Stork, who won it for his work on the Seminoles’ 2013 national championship team.
Source: Daily Nole
May 23 - 3:37 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Jashaun Corbin.

While five-star freshman RB Cam Akers is already looking like a bellcow-in-the-making, ESPN's Billy Tucker believes that Corbin will be used in more of a complementary fashion once he joins the Seminoles in 2018. Wrote the analyst, "Blend of size, speed and athleticism will provide FSU with flexibility on how they utilize Corbin throughout the backfield and slot." He refers to the 6-foot, 190-pounder as possessing a "third-down, change of pace skill set" and compares him to former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara. Corbin is FSU's second commitment at running back in this cycle. The first carries a very, very familiar last name -- that would be five-star RB James Cook, younger brother of Dalvin Cook.
May 22 - 4:44 PM

247Sports' Barton Simmons passes along that Florida State freshman RB Cam Akers was "the most explosive offensive player on the field" during the team's spring game.

Akers rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries in the contest. Writes Simmons, "With Jacques Patrick returning in the Florida State backfield, Cam Akers doesn't come to Tallahassee with the pressure to start from Day 1. He just might be too good to settle for anything less." FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel likewise viewed the 5-foot-11 as a breakout star in spring practice. Akers was a five-star recruit for the past cycle.
Source: 247Sports
May 19 - 4:32 PM

FSU senior DB Trey Marshall must sit out the first half of the 2017 opener against Alabama because he was ejected for targeting in the second half of the Orange Bowl win over Michigan.

"He will," HC Jimbo Fisher confirmed when asked if Marshall would miss the first half. "And we’re trying to vote on that too [at the ACC Spring Meetings]. I think that’s crazy. No other sport, I don’t know a sport, you have those red cards in soccer, they don’t follow you year-to-year. But it is what the rule is now." Marshall, a 17-game starter over his career, had 58 tackles in 2016.
May 17 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Florida State junior CB Tavarus McFadden No. 15 on his 2018 big board.

"McFadden was tremendous in his lone season as a starter, picking off eight passes in 2016," Kiper wrote. "At 6-2, 197, he's a big corner with ball skills. Those are two traits NFL teams love." McFadden will square off against fellow Rd. 1 prospect WR Calvin Ridley on Sept. 2 when the Seminoles kick off the season versus Alabama.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 1:14 PM

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks says FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James "has a mix of Jamal Adams and Reuben Foster in his game."

"He plays with a nasty streak and temperament, but he is an outstanding leader. He is one of my favorites," Brooks said. James had 91 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the Seminoles as a true freshman in 2015 next to Jalen Ramsey. James missed most of last season with a torn meniscus. "He's a grown man. One of the best specimens you'll see," Brooks said. "A guy that is 6-3, and an old-school safety. He's athletic, he can come down in the slot, he can blitz off the edge, and he can play the deep middle. He's a natural leader and an alpha dog."
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 1:44 PM

Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher said that junior WR Nyqwan Murray is "gonna be one of the big keys for us to having the kind of year we want to have."

"A couple [practices] not as consistent as I’d like," Fisher said earlier this spring. "I’m being picky, but the expectation when you become a No. 1 and become a guy to hang your hat on is there is no days off or plays off." This nitpicking aside, Fisher took off his critical hat to say that "that guy can really, really change the game." He would like to see a more focused game from Murray, who hauled in 27 passes for 441 yards and five touchdowns last season. Assuming he can put it all together, those numbers which could be in line for a huge statistical bump in 2017 with Travis Rudolph moving on.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 6:04 PM

Florida State freshman RB Cam Akers rushed for 87 yards on just 10 carries in the team's spring game.

Akers caught the eye of FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel, who named him one of 15 "breakout stars" from the spring practice slate. He believes that Akers and junior RB Jacques Patrick could be part of a timeshare when all is said and done at the end of August camp. With star back Dalvin Cook off to try to make his mark with the Minnesota Vikings, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Akers is in a prime position to receive early carries as a freshman. He was a five-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, coming in at a lofty No. 3 on Rivals' master list for the class.
Source: FOX Sports
May 5 - 5:05 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Florida State senior DT Derrick Nnadi No. 15 to the Jaguars in his 2018 mock draft.

"At 312 pounds, Nnadi is a disruptive force along the interior D-line who totaled 10.5 tackles for loss last season," McShay wrote. Nnadi flashed against the national champion Clemson Tigers, posting one sack, two TFL and a pass breakup. He earned First Team All-ACC recognition from ACC coaches after the campaign. Nnadi steps into the spotlight this fall for the Seminoles defense now that DeMarcus Walker is in the NFL.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 2:48 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva offered up a "B" grade for the Minnesota Vikings' draft class.

Silva writes that the Vikes "added quality prospects at needy positions" with their first three picks in FSU RB Dalvin Cook (No. 41), Ohio State OL Pat Elfein (No. 70) and Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson (No. 109). He was less enthused by the team's sixth-round selection of Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges, calling Hodges "a multi-year project with off-field concerns." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline ("B-") and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ("B+") also see this as a rock-solid overall class for the Vikings.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 8:52 PM

Bears signed Florida State FB Freddie Stevenson.

Stevenson (6’0/234) was a three-year lead blocker and four-year special teamer for the Seminoles, paving the way for Dalvin Cook to break Warrick Dunn’s school rushing record as a three-year starter. Stevenson lent a hand in college, but neither his size nor his physicality is indicative of a lead-blocking NFL success. Stevenson also tested poorly in Indy, managing a 4.75 forty with a lineman-like 28-inch vertical. Stevenson caught only 19 passes in his four-year college career and projects more as special teams than lead-blocking help.
May 2 - 3:54 PM

Giants signed Florida State WR Travis Rudolph.

Rudolph (6’0/189) arrived at FSU as a ballyhooed five-star recruit and started all three years, tallying a career 153-2,311-18 (15.1 YPR) receiving line and earning second-team All-ACC as a 2016 junior before turning pro. Rudolph proceeded to turn in a putrid Combine workout, running 4.65 and testing as a third-percentile athlete. Rudolph is a plus route runner and catches the ball cleanly with his hands, but he lacks standout traits and looked like just another guy in the ACC. He’s a small, low-ceiling possession-receiver prospect.
May 2 - 1:35 PM

In his first 2018 mock draft of the spring, FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach pegged Florida State junior CB Tavarus McFadden to the 49ers with the No. 4 pick.

"They add to their stockpile of young talent with McFadden, the long, and athletic athlete who was a lock-down corner for Florida State in 2017," writes Kurtenbach. His expectation is that the team will eventually figure out a trade for Washington's Kirk Cousins, eliminating the need to draft a quarterback in the first round next spring. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound McFadden registered 19 tackles (3.0 for loss) and a hearty eight interceptions across 13 games in 2016. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in March -- an injury that he apparently played through throughout the past campaign.
Source: FOX Sports
Apr 30 - 3:40 PM

Sporting News' Eric Galko pegged FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James to the 49ers at No. 3 in his first 2018 mock draft.

"Defensive backs have gone in the top six picks the last two years, and James could be next," Galko writes. "He’s a physically built, highly athletic safety who can set the tone for a defense. 49ers pass on a quarterback, as they likely will add Kirk Cousins in the offseason." Should San Francisco opt for a different route than Cousins, USC's Sam Darnold or UCLA's Josh Rosen could be in play for the pick a year from now. As for James, the FSU star missed almost the entirety of the 2016 season due to a torn meniscus. He has been a participant in practice this spring and looks to be completely recovered from that knee injury come the start of the 2017 season.
Apr 30 - 2:02 PM


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