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Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Florida State five-star 2017 verbal RB commit Cam Akers is a "physical, strong and powerful runner."

"It’s easy to see him fitting in the same mold as Dalvin Cook with his speed and power and ability to catch the ball," Farrell writes. Akers ranks as Rivals' No. 3 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, with only Alabama commit Najee Harris ranking above him as a running back in this class. While Akers is the top back heading to Tallahassee for 2017, he has company in the form of fellow five-star back Khalan Laborn (No. 23 overall on Rivals), who could make his own dent on the backfield depth chart as the Seminoles look to replace Cook's brilliance next season.
Source: Rivals
Jan 24 - 4:33 PM

South Carolina four-star 2017 verbal S commit Hamsah Nasirildeen flipped his pledge to Florida State.

Pity for South Carolina, as Nasirildeen would have represented a jewel in the recruiting crown of HC Will Muschamp. As is, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound corner will instead link up with Jimbo Fisher's crew in Tallahassee. He had been committed to South Carolina since August, but that was a loose pledge, as he subsequently took an official visit to the Seminoles in October. In the final rankings release by Rivals prior to National Signing Day, Nasirildeen slotted in at a cushy No. 63.
Jan 23 - 5:12 PM

FSU freshman QB Malik Henry will drop to the JUCO level.

Specifically, Henry will be moving to Independence Community College in Kansas. Henry only has to stay one season in JUCO and will be eligibility to transfer to another program prior to the 2018 season. He was viewed as a four star recruit by many recruiting services.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 18 - 8:58 AM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DE Tre Lawson.

Once committed to Tennessee, Lawson ranks as Scout.com's No. 1 2017 defensive end prospect from the state of South Carolina. The outlet notes that the 6-foot-7, 255-pounder "needs to continue to improve his technique and develop some moves," before adding that "his ceiling is extremely high."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 16 - 5:41 PM

FSU WR Kermit Whitfield will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pounder, a four-star recruit in the class of 2013, clocked a 4.37-second 40-yard dash in high school. He snagged 57 passes for 798 yards and six scores as a junior last year, but regressed to 34 receptions for 395 yards and a touchdown this past year.
Jan 16 - 12:39 PM

Rivals recruiting director Josh Helmholdt tagged Florida State four-star 2017 verbal WR commit D.J. Matthews as the fastest player on hand at the Army All-American Bowl this past weekend.

"On a roster as talented, as athletic and as explosive as the one in San Antonio this week, you definitely take notice when one guy seems to be playing at a different speed than everyone else on the field," Helmholdt wrote. Not only did the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Matthews impress during the practice week, he put on the jets during the Army All-American Bowl itself, too, sprinting down the left sideline for a 76-yard scoring grab in the first half. Florida State is slated to have plenty of offensive speed coming in with the 2017 class. In addition to Matthews, Helmholdt also gave RB commit Cam Akers props on his wheels.
Source: Rivals
Jan 12 - 7:45 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Tamorrion Terry.

Tamorrion opted for the Seminoles over the likes of Florida, Auburn and Georgia. While the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder does not manage to crack the Scout250, the outlet sees him as a prospect with some upside nonetheless, noting that he "has the ability to separate from coverage" and "a large catch radius." While he will be focusing on football with Florida State, Terry had additionally been a member of the track and basketball teams at Turner County High School (Georgia).
Source: Scout.com
Jan 12 - 5:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that FSU junior WR Travis Rudolph will declare for the NFL Draft.

Rudolph has been projected in the middle- to late-rounds in industry mock exercises. He caught 56 passes on 100 targets (only five drops) for 851 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. A runner of smooth routes and the possessor of strong hands, Rudolph is a "well-rounded receiver" who "lacks elusiveness in the open field," according to CBS. In other words, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a possession receiver. Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate are now locked in as the Seminoles' go-to receivers next year. The deadline to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 16.
Jan 12 - 3:41 PM

Florida State junior T Roderick Johnson will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell is less than enthused with Johnson's decision to enter the 2017 pool, writing that "[h]e turned in some underwhelming performances, including rough tapes against Ole Miss, Louisville, Miami, and Michigan" and that the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder "ties up his blocker, but is not a force at the point of attack to push a defender out of their gap [in the run game]." Walter Football sees him being drafted somewhere between Round 3 and Round 5. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is slightly more generous in his projection, tagging Johnson as a potential selection for Round 2.
Jan 10 - 2:02 PM

Florida State and West Virginia will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in 2020.

The Seminoles and Mountaineers are scheduled to square off in Atlanta on September 5, 2020. That game will be played in the currently-under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium. "Florida State is one of the top teams in the nation each year," said WVU HC Dana Holgorsen in a statement, "and it will be a challenge for us and a great way to open the season." In a small sample size, Florida State is 3-0 all-time versus West Virginia. The two teams last played in 2010.
Jan 5 - 6:08 PM

FSU four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Khalan Laborn was named the MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game.

In one of the key pre-National Signing Day all-star games, Laborn took eight carries and spun them into 74 yards rushing and a touchdown. "This is more than just about me; this was about coming out and representing for everyone who has supported me and helped me and stayed by my side and helped me get to this level," said the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder. FSU has a wealth of talent at the position coming in in the 2017 class. In addition to Laborn (Rivals' No. 40 overall), they also hold a commitment from five-star RB Cam Akers.
Source: Rivals
Jan 2 - 6:10 PM

EPSN's Craig Haubert notes that Florida State four-star 2017 verbal DE Joshua Kaindoh "could grow into a physical monster."

Kaindoh measures at 6-foot-6, 256 pounds as he prepares to join up with HC Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee. Haubert refers to the four-star defensive lineman as "a physically impressive prospect with a tall, broad frame and outstanding length." The analyst goes on to write that Kaindoh is reminiscent of former Michigan star Shilique Calhoun. "Like Calhoun, who notched at least ten sacks each of his last three seasons with the Spartans, Kaindoh, can also use his length and good first-step quickness to grow into disruptive, if not dominating, pass rushing presence," Haubert explains. While FSU has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front at times this cycle (borderline top-10 class), they received two marquee December commitments in Kaindoh and five-star RB Cam Akers.
Jan 1 - 11:02 AM

FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook announced via social media he is entering the 2017 NFL Draft

No surprise. As you all know, we have listed Cook as the number one running back in the 2017 class since last April. We absolutely love his ability to maximize the yards blocked, manufacture extra yards on his own and create big plays. He might not be strong in pass protection, a common trait among running backs, but he can change the outcome of the game with one carry and also offers receiving skills. As long as his shoulders check out (history of surgeries and injuries), Cook likely is a first round selection.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 02:28:00 PM

FSU sophomore WR Nyqwan Murray caught two passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 33-32 win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Murray wasn't hauling in passes left and right on Friday night, but his two scores were huge. He started off things with a bang, scoring on a 92-yard grab (the longest touchdown reception in Orange Bowl history) with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter. His second touchdown went for a far more modest 12 yards, but it came in a far more tenuous position, too. At the time, Florida State trailed 30-27 with just 1:21 remaining in the contest. Murray's touchdown boosted them to a 33-30 advantage, with Michigan blocking the subsequent extra-point attempt and returning it for two points to give us the 33-32 final. The Wolverines were unable to move the ball on their final offensive drive as they tried for a go-ahead score. Murray entered Friday's action holding a quiet 25-337-3 receiving line, making this memorable effort a nice way to exit 2016 for the sophomore.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:12:00 AM

Florida State junior RB Dalvin Cook rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Friday's 33-32 win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl.

A fantastic game -- and, especially, a fantastic second half -- to get us primed for Saturday's Playoff contests. Playing against a Michigan run defense that has been dominant all season, Cook looked every bit like an NFL back on Friday. The electric 6-foot, 200-pound junior averaged 7.3 YPC and almost had one of his patented blink/gone runs in the fourth quarter, busting through a few creases as he raced up the left sideline. He just barely stepped out or he would have been gone. As is, the run went for 71 yards. Cook has yet to officially declare for the draft, but the expectation is that he will jump into the 2017 pool in the days to come. He finished up the 2016 campaign rushing for 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns over the course of 13 games played. In a stacked class of running backs, Cook is among the best.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:01:00 AM


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