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Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Derrick McLendon.

McLendon (6'4/225) opted in with Florida State while taking part in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge on Thursday. Florida and NC State wound up the two parties on the outside looking in among his finalists. He's a strong, physical prospect who has flashed against the run during his high school career. On the Rivals rankings board, the four-star defensive end slots in as the No. 33 prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2019 cycle. McLendon hails from Tucker.
Jun 28 - 4:19 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Curtis Fann.

Fann (6'2/251) brings to the table an interesting profile to be molded in Tallahassee. That's because unlike many of his peers at defensive end, the Twin City, Georgia, native has flashed consistent upside against the run. He does not project as a simple designated pass rusher, instead offering a more well-rounded fledgling game. On the ESPN 300, Fann checks into proceedings at No. 147 overall in the 2019 class. FSU has received commitments from a pair of four-star defensive ends in Fann and Derick Hunter this week.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 23 - 3:22 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Derick Hunter.

Hunter (6'4/276) committed to FSU while on a visit to Tallahassee on Wednesday. The other main players for the former Miami pledge were Florida, Georgia and Penn State. On the ESPN 300, the Fort Myers, Florida, native slides into proceedings at No. 252 overall in the 2019 class. He's a physical prospect with a quick first step, though his lateral movement and agility could be improved upon as he heads into his senior season of high school ball.
Jun 20 - 4:17 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 DE Derrick McLendon plans on making his pledge on June 28.

McLendon (6'4/225) will be committing to his future program while attending the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge at the end of the month. He's chopped the field down to Florida, Florida State and NC State. While Rivals does not afford him much rankings love -- he stands as their No. 33 prospect in Georgia for the 2019 cycle -- he brings much to the table in terms of both his strength and his willingness to get down and dirty defending against the run.
Source: Rivals
Jun 19 - 11:38 AM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers "willingness to lower his pads and take on defenders is not lost on scouts."

Reuter noted, "The Seminoles' struggles last season kept Akers' name out of the headlines for the most part, but his explosiveness with the ball in his hands is impressive." The former five-star recruit broke FSU's freshman rushing record in 2017 with 1,024 yards and could take a huge step forward this season. A darkhorse Heisman candidate in the eyes of some heading into 2018, if Florida State's offense can be more efficient in the passing game Akers talent could shine.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 11:58 AM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein labels Florida State sophomore QB James Blackman a "youngster to watch" in the college football pipeline.

Blackman will obviously have to hold off redshirt junior Deondre Francois who is returning from injury and expected to be healthy in August camp. Zierlein believes he has a lot of upside and writes, "He clearly needs to grow into his thin frame, but he has time to do so. He's already throwing with decent anticipation, which helps to minimize his windup. He has flashed an ability to challenge and defeat safeties with NFL-caliber throws down the field." Blackman should begin the season as the starter with the opportunity to be noticed by NFL scouts.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:53 PM

Florida State redshirt junior WR George Campbell didn't participate in the spring scrimmage.

Campbell has been plagued by injuries throughout his entire career and is dealing with the same hip issue. Both 2016 and 2017 prevented him from playing more than a handful of games. He still has the summer to get healthy, but having re-aggravated the injury multiple times, it's tough to envision a scenario Campbell has a fully healthy 2018.
Jun 15 - 3:42 PM

In the latest release of the Rivals250, FSU four-star 2019 verbal CB commit Akeem Dent was upgraded to five-star status.

Rob Cassidy, Rivals Florida analyst, said he "is an elite athlete and showed it on the camp circuit this year. Obviously, his natural position is defensive back and that's where he is dominant but he spent some time reminding everyone what level of athlete he is by working at wide receiver at some stops this offseason. Dent's length and raw athletic ability make him special." The Wellington, Florida native ranks as the 20th-best player overall in the 2019 class and should push for immediate playing time at Florida State.
Source: Rivals.com
Jun 12 - 3:14 PM

Florida State HC Willie Taggart indicated that redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (knee) is tracking toward participating in August camp.

Francois (6'2/205) is dealing with attrition on two fronts. The first comes in his ongoing rehab from a season-ending knee injury sustained versus Alabama last September. Taggart said that the redshirt junior is "doing a lot more running now" and has been able to increase his work in the weight room since the spring. Beyond the health concern, Francois has also had to deal with the internal fallout resulting from his April citation for marijuana possession. Authorities were actually looking into him as a potential drug dealer, but no larger bust has been made on the signal-caller. All discipline regarding that citation has been handled offstage to this juncture. Francois will be competing with James Blackman for starting rights during the upcoming campaign. We view Blackman as the favorite in this race, as he's had a completely clean offseason in terms of both his health and his off-field manner.
Jun 6 - 3:32 PM

Rivals analyst Chad Simmons sees uncommitted four-star 2019 DE Derrick McLendon trending toward a Florida State pledge.

McLendon (6'4/225) has whittled the field to three -- Florida State, Florida and NC State -- after earlier considering LSU, Georgia and Tennessee in addition. He was just down in Tallahassee on a visit over the weekend and Simmons writes that "they have been in control" since initially offering to the defensive lineman earlier this spring. Rivals ranks McLendon as the No. 31 prospect in the state of Georgia for the 2019 cycle. He's already shown an aptitude for defending the run and is built strong as an ox.
Source: Rivals
Jun 5 - 4:21 PM

Florida State junior CB Levonta Taylor ranked at the top of returning corners in allowing receptions per snap, according to Pro Football Focus.

Taylor spent 398 snaps in coverage for the Seminoles in 2017. Of those snaps, he allowed a total of 13 receptions; a little over one a game. That makes his snap-to-reception ratio of 30.6; the highest of any cornerback by over four snaps. This has become one of the favorite analytical stats for judging cornerbacks, and Taylor (5'10/169) was as good as it gets last year.
Jun 4 - 12:26 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore T Josh Ball has been dismissed from the team.

Ball (6'8/323) has not only been dismissed from the team, but per a spokesman, is also in less-than-stellar standing with the university itself. This comes about due to allegations of dating violence by Ball which initially resulted in an indefinite suspension levied in late May. Sandra Sellers, a former girlfriend, filed for a protective injunction against the lineman in September. She cited 11 alleged incidents. While Ball is on shaky ground with the university right now, it should be noted that no charges have been filed against him in this case. He worked as starting left tackle for the Seminoles over the last nine games of the 2017 campaign and was expected to start at right tackle for the upcoming season. FSU will have to adjust in August camp.
Jun 1 - 11:15 AM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Johnson tabs Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers as a darkhorse Heisman candidate who is "almost definitely going to put up big numbers in new head coach Willie Taggart’s up-tempo offense."

Johnson believes that Akers is going to shred regardless of who ends up winning the starting quarterback gig in Tallahassee. The former five-star back burst onto the collegiate scene with an FSU freshman record 1,024 rushing yards last season. While the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder will almost certainly put up impressive numbers this year, Johnson notes that his Heisman candidacy will take a hit if the Seminoles are just ho-hum on the whole (as they were a year ago). We'd additionally forward that while Akers will be taking the bulk of carries, the presence of Jacques Patrick -- 134 totes of the rock in 2017 -- will likely sap at least a little of his statistical juice.
May 24 - 12:22 PM

Rivals' Ira Schoffel reports that Florida State has suspended redshirt sophomore T Josh Ball for accusations of dating violence.

Per Schoffel, the decision to suspend Ball was reached by an FSU judiciary panel. This suspension stems from allegations made by Sandra Sellers, a former girlfriend who filed for a protective injunction last September in which she alleged that Ball was a "violent person." There were 11 alleged incidents cited in that injunction. Just how long Ball's suspension will last is not clear at this juncture, but should it stretch into August and beyond, Seminoles HC Willie Taggart and staff will have to begin sorting through alternate starting options at left tackle (Ball started the final nine contests of the 2017 season). Jauan Williams, Mike Arnold and Derrick Kelly are all candidates to fill in for Ball should he be sidelined for long.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 11:10 AM

Florida State HC Willie Taggart said of freshman S Jaiden Woodbey, "[He's] a dude. He's a dude, man."

"That kid, he's come here and he's done everything he told me he was going to do," Taggart said, later adding that the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Woodbey was "not backing down to anyone" during the spring and was "one of those guys you've got to tell him to slow down and stop." The Seminoles head coach additionally praised the freshman's almost immediate acclimation into the locker room, his nose for the classroom and the general aura he brings to campus. Woodbey -- a five-star recruit in the most recent class -- flipped over to Florida State from Ohio State in December, helping to ease Taggart's transition as Jimbo Fisher's replacement in the process.
Source: 247Sports
May 18 - 4:08 PM


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