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FSU DE coach Brad Lawing indicated that the team knew four-star DT Shavar Manuel would flip from his Florida commitment.

We'll let Lawing explain. Said the Seminole assistant, "I called him up [after he announced his Florida commitment in early January], asked what's going on, and he said, 'I'm just getting some pressure from people'." Lawing indicated that the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Manuel was told to "tell the damn Gators anything they want to hear." Concluded the coach, "So he didn't just flip tonight. We've known about this for about two weeks." Manuel signed his letter of intent in private, to avoid outside pressure. HC Jimbo Fisher wouldn't let on that his squad's known about it for several weeks, but there's probably more to the puzzle than's currently out there right now. Regardless of this weirdness, the end result is that Manuel enters a strong Florida State stable of recruits for the 2016 cycle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 4:41 PM

Florida State signed four-star T Jauan Williams.

"The coaching staff was always there for me since my sophomore year," Williams said. The 6-foot-7, 307-pound Washington D.C. native checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 110. "Williams is a promising OT prospect," the site's scouting report read. "Still a bit of a developmental prospect he brings some very good raw tools to work with. Still growing into his frame didn't look quite as comfortable as a junior and unless great strides made as a senior, not an ideal early contributor, but with some further work can grow into an excellent Power-5 OT."
Source: USA Today
Feb 3 - 6:53 PM

Florida State signed four-star T Landon Dickerson.

Dickerson is stupidly athletic. In high school, he lined up all over the place, including the backfield at times. He projects as either a right tackle or guard. "Can deliver a strong initial pop and when asked to block down can bury defenders," noted ESPN. "Demonstrates ability to come off with pad level, though inconsistent hip roll, and get hand placement and generate some movement. Displays adequate body control and ability to use good angles to be an effective second level blocker." Dickerson is the No. 64 player in the ESPN300.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 5:21 PM

Florida State signed four-star LB Dontavious Jackson.

The Seminoles poached Jackson from Texas and beat out the Longhorns, Alabama, Florida and Michigan for his services. The Houston native, an Under Armour All-American, is the No. 65 overall recruit in the class of 2016 according to Scout and the No. 123 prospect in ESPN's eyes. "Jackson is a downhill thumper with great size and physicality," says ESPN. "Shows flashes of quickness and agility but feel his production will come between the tackles and not outside at the college level. More third down versatility will really add to his upside. Added size may also dictate a move to line of scrimmage."
Feb 3 - 5:06 PM

Florida State signed four-star CB Carlos Becker.

Becker checks in No. 46 overall in the ESPN300 and ranks as the site's No. 7 corner in the class. "Becker is tall, fluid, fast closing and quick to recover," the site noted. "Smart player who has a little nasty in him. Really well-rounded in run and both support and scheme versatile. Big upside when he adds a little bulk to his frame." Becker will be an elite press cover corner if he realizes his potential.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 2:44 PM

Four-star DT Shavar Manuel signed with Florida State.

Manuel had been committed to Florida since early January, saying at the time that he was "listening to [his] heart." Apparently his heart sang a different tune at the last minute, because he signed with in-state rival Florida State on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder checks in as the No. 84 recruiting prospect in the country on Scout.com. They absolutely love his strength for this point in his development, noting that Manuel "can really be a force on the inside" and could be "a real terror" once he's up-to-speed with the Seminoles.
Feb 3 - 1:14 PM

Four-star DE Brian Burns signed with Florida State.

Burns opted for the Seminoles over Georgia and Florida. The Gators made a late run and clocked an official visit in late January, but alas for their cause, it was not to be. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound Burns is on the wiry side for a defensive end and will have to put on some weight if he doesn't want to be tossed around by the big boys in the ACC. Beyond that, though, he's quick and his pass rushing is good enough that he could see some early run with the Seminoles. ESPN 300 notes that Burns projects either as a defensive end or potentially an outside linebacker.
Feb 3 - 12:31 PM

Florida State freshman S Derwin James was "was perhaps the most well-rounded defensive back in the entire country last season," writes Jeff Dooley of Pro Football Focus.

As a true frosh, James trailed only Duke’s Jeremy Cash in PFF's safety grades with top-20 finishes in coverage, against the run and as a pass-rusher. "He allowed just 169 yards thrown into his coverage and produced 19 total pressures, including four sacks, making him an all-around menace for opposing quarterbacks," Dooley wrote. The site sees James as one of the 10 best returning players in all of college football.
Feb 2 - 5:35 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook as the No. 8 returning player in college football.

Cook is a Rotoworld favorite who was overshadowed in the college football landscape by the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry last fall. "He finished seventh in rushing grade, and stood out even more so in a couple of our PFF Signature Stats. He ranked No. 2 in yards after contact per attempt and No. 1 in elusive rating – two measures of how effective a running back is independent of his blocking," wrote Jeff Dooley. Cook finished 2015 with 1,691 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. He's a primo Heisman darkhorse candidate.
Feb 2 - 4:41 PM

Four-star LB Keion Joyner committed to Florida State in early January.

Joyner's a player who could flame out completely--or turn into one of the best in the nation. Either way. He was viewed by some outlets as the No. 1 recruit in the country for this class until the 6-foot-3, 222-pound linebacker was dismissed from Havelock High School team just three games into the 2015 campaign. The reason for his dismissal has not been made public, but at the time, Joyner called it "all a misunderstanding." On the field, there are no questions about his talent. Scout.com's Scott Kennedy wrote that Joyner is a "plus athlete who has an excellent frame to keep getting bigger and stronger. He's incredibly fast chasing down a play from the backside. He's a terrific pass rusher, but he also scrapes the line of scrimmage and makes his reads well." In addition, Kennedy notes that he has "wide receiver speed when he opens it up."
Source: USA Today
Jan 31 - 7:32 PM

Four-star RB Amir Rasul committed to Florida State in July.

Rasual was being courted by the likes of Florida and Georgia (among others) before he sided with the Seminoles. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound runner out of Coral Gables, Florida, has earned some high accolades from Scout.com, including that Rasul "has as much upside as any RB in the state of Florida" thanks to the track star's breathtaking speed element. He's not as polished in the areas of blocking or receiving, but (per Scout), has potential as a return man.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 31 - 6:40 PM

Four-star DE Janarius Robinson committed to Florida State in September, 2014.

Robinson hails from Panama City, Florida, and earned his high school licks at Bay High School. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound defender checks in at No. 103 on the ESPN 300. The World Wide Leader's scouting report cautions that while he does have excellent outward size, he "still possesses a lean build and needs to continue to work to fill out his lengthy frame." He's raw enough in his technique that he might not see the field immediately in 2016, but with his brute strength and physical tools, he could make a legitimate impact down the road.
Jan 31 - 4:39 PM

ESPN recruitment analyst Tom Luginbill wrote that "during the Under Armour Game week, the consensus among the NFL coaches was that [four-star T Jauan] Williams had great physical tools but consistency was lacking."

While the consistency might not be there yet, Williams has a fantastic frame to work with at 6-foot-7, 307 pounds. Luginbil suggests that he needs to "continue adding strength, become more coordinated with his taller frame, and concentrate on playing with better leverage and mental focus on every snap." If he can do that, though, he might be able to reach the high upside that makes him such an intriguing option in this recruiting cycle. He's yet to make a commitment, but visited Florida State in December and (who else) LSU in January. ESPN 300 ranks him at No. 110.
Jan 30 - 4:23 PM

Four-star WR Keith Gavin committed to Florida State on Friday.

Gavin's recruitment adventure has come full circle. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder out of Wakulla County High School in Crawfordville, Florida, had actually committed to the Seminoles back in 2014, but took a step back and reopened his availability over the summer. Alabama was considered a possible candidate for Gavin's service before he ultimately (re)chose to commit to FSU on Friday. ESPN 300 calls him "one of the most physically imposing and natural gifted athletes in this receiving class" and notes that Gavin shares a resemblance to all-universe Falcons wideout Julio Jones back when Jones came out of high school in 2008.
Source: rivals.com
Jan 29 - 8:54 PM

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill wrote that FSU four-star QB commitment Malik Henry "has had a cloudy history having bounced around high schools."

Three high schools in four years for Henry, to be exact. Most recently, he parted ways with IMG Academy in early June for reported maturity and attitude issues. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is an elite talent on the field, though, with Luginbill saying that he has an "it" factor when it's time to play. "If he chooses to," the analyst wrote, "Henry is capable of maximizing his college career." ESPN 300 ranks him as the No. 17 recruit in the country and No. 2 duel-threat QB, just behind Ole Miss commitment Shea Patterson, who checks in at No. 15 overall.
Jan 29 - 7:50 PM


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