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Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers said his goals this year are to win a national championship and rush for 2,000 yards.

While neither of these seem terribly likely on paper, there's at least a chance of both, particularly the latter. Akers ran for 1,024 yards last year, but he did it on only 18 carries a game, and also while often facing 8-man fronts as teams didn't fear the Seminole passing game. Much of his damage was done after contact, so if Florida State can open more seams for him, he should at least be among the ACC leaders in rushing in 2018.
Source: ESPN
Feb 19 - 4:49 PM

Florida State received a commitment from 2020 DB Jadarius McKnight.

McKnight doesn't currently have a recruiting ranking, as there are very few websites that have more than a handful of 2020 prospects ranked at this time. This is clearly a big get based on his offers, however, as he already held them from Tennessee, Notre Dame, Miami, Oregon and Auburn, just to name a select few. He commits to the Seminoles at their Junior Day, and is the first member of their 2020 class.
Source: Diehards
Feb 18 - 2:11 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (knee) will not be a full participant in spring practice.

"In spring ball, he might be able to do 7-on-7, he just won't be able to run around as much as we'd like him to. But he can still get some work in, which will be big for him," said HC Willie Taggart. Francois (6'2/205) continues to rehab from the torn patellar tendon in his left knee sustained against Alabama in the 2017 opener. That injury cost him the entirety of the campaign, with then-true freshman James Blackman working as starter in his place for the rest of the season. Taggart has said that there will be an open competition this offseason between Blackman, Francois and redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 15 - 12:55 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman RB Zaquandre White and junior DB Kyle Meyers were cited for marijuana possession at the end of January.

Meyers and White are facing a misdemeanor charge for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. White is additionally facing a paraphernalia charge after the two players were found smoking a blunt near Doak Campbell Stadium. When officers approached their parked vehicle, White denied the presence of marijuana, though the police report regarding the incident claims that there was clear evidence of the mind-altering substance, including bits of marijuana stuck to White's sweatpants. Both players will be required to appear in court for this case. Florida State will be handling discipline internally for this matter.
Feb 13 - 1:35 PM

Florida State junior DB Kyle Meyers and redshirt freshman RB Zaquandre White were cited for marijuana possession at the end of January.

Meyers and White are facing a misdemeanor charge for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. They were initially cited after the pair was caught smoking a blunt in a vehicle near Doak Campbell Stadium. When approached by officers, Meyers complied with requests and questions, though White denied that there was marijuana in the vehicle. Both players will be required to appear in court for this case. Florida State has acknowledged that it is aware of the citations and will be handling discipline internally.
Feb 13 - 1:28 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo calls Florida State S Derwin James "exactly what the NFL needs" on defense.

Well that's certainly some high praise. PFF gave James a grade of 92.0 for the year; the highest grade for any safety in the class. One of the reasons for the high grade was his ability in coverage, as he allowed just 43.6 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed. Add that to his ability to stop the run along with his ability to blitz, and you have a complete safety. James is a lock for the first-round, and it'd be surprising if he was still on the board after the Seahawks pick at spot 18.
Feb 10 - 5:46 PM

Florida State signed uncommitted three-star 2018 DE Jamarcus Chatman.

We've been wholeheartedly impressed with FSU's efforts on National Signing Day thus far. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Chatman adds to their stable. He had been in Tennessee's corner up until December. UNC, Michigan State and Florida were additionally trying for his signature, to no avail. The buzzword with Chatman is "power." Raw power at this juncture, unharnessed power at this juncture, but once he tightens up on the technical front, he's a prime contender to outplay his star rating.
Feb 7 - 2:54 PM

Florida State signed uncommitted four-star 2018 DE Malcolm Lamar.

Florida was also circling around Lamar -- they received his final official visit of the cycle near the end of January -- but proved unable to seal the deal in the face of their in-state rivals. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is a lengthy athlete who projects as a defensive end in college, but also could have upside as an offensive lineman should the Seminoles opt to utilize him in that capacity. He'll need to add more functional strength, as tends to be the case with most high school recruits.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 7 - 2:35 PM

Florida State signed three-star 2018 WR Jordan Young, formerly a Tennessee commit.

Young (6'2/185) committed to Florida State on Feb. 2, but his was a short stay in the Vols' stable. On the 247Sports composite board, he ranks as the No. 64 wideout in the 2018 class. Florida State is very much a contender for a top-10 class at this juncture, in what would be a remarkable recruiting effort by HC Willie Taggart and staff given the massive upheaval that came with Jimbo Fisher's exit.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 7 - 2:25 PM

Florida State signed uncommitted four-star 2018 ATH Tre'Shaun Harrison.

Harrison picks the Seminoles over Oregon, and also had offers from Tennessee, Utah, Michigan and several other big-name schools. He was previously a strong lean towards Oregon, but when Willie Taggart left for Florida State, Harrison followed. He's considered one of the top athletes in the class, and he could help the Seminoles on offense as a wide receiver or running back, or on defense as a corner. He'll likely be on the offensive side of the football because of his speed and athleticm.
Feb 7 - 1:06 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Raiders to take Florida State S Derwin James with the 10th pick in his latest mock draft.

Many mocks have had the Seahawks taking James with the 18th pick to replace Kam Chancellor. If Pauline's right, Seattle may not have the chance. The Raiders were dreadful on defense, and a high-floor defender like James could help alleviate some of those concerns. "I prefer to put a pass rusher here, but the Raiders need help throughout the defense," Pauline writes. "James is the type of safety who has made the Raiders secondary legendary in the past."
Feb 5 - 5:58 PM

Pro Football Focus's Josh Liskiewitz notes that Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi could be a run-stuffer in the NFL.

Nnadi was a highly-rated defender by PFF in the 2017 season, particularly in stopping the run. While undersized for a zero-gap defender (6'0/312), he was still able to rate eighth of all interior lineman in his run-defense grade for the analytic website. What could hurt his stock is a lack of a pass-rush, as he rated just 113th in that category. If a team believes that aspect can improve, he could be one of the first defensive tackles off the board.
Feb 3 - 9:45 PM

Four-star 2018 ATH Tre'Shaun Harrison is visiting Florida State this weekend.

Harrison was committed to Oregon early in the process, but decommitted from the Ducks after Willie Taggart left for Florida State. Now, the four-star athlete will visit Taggart and the Seminoles. Harrison is also still considering Oregon, and also has interest in Tennessee and Utah. He'll announce his decision on signing day.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 2 - 7:13 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Florida State redshirt senior QB J.J. Cosentino is no longer part of the team.

Cosentino (6'5/230) is on track to graduate this spring and would be eligible to play immediately in 2018 with another program, but it is unknown at this juncture whether that is a path he plans on pursuing. 247Sports passes along that, for now, the quarterback is just focusing on academics. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in the winter of 2014, but never managed to take hold for the Seminoles. For his career in the program, Cosentino completed 15-of-31 passes for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did not start a game during his time in Tallahassee.
Feb 2 - 12:54 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Warren Thompson.

South Carolina was also vying for Thompson's pledge, hosting him for an official visit over the weekend. It was not enough to hold off the Seminoles from gaining a big, late-in-the-cycle commitment from the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder. There's plenty of raw material for FSU HC Willie Taggart to work with here. Thompson is already a smooth route-runner who possesses a real college-ready frame. On the 247Sports composite board, he sits at No. 156 overall in the 2018 class.
Jan 31 - 4:32 PM


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