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FSU five-star 2018 RB James Cook arrived at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge wearing a Georgia sweatshirt.

Trouble in paradise for the Seminoles? Maybe not yet, but Cook's interest in Georgia does not seem to be posturing. He previously visited Athens and Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy passes along that the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder will likely take another visit to check out the Bulldogs at some point in the coming months. Cassidy believes that Georgia and USC are the only two realistic contenders to steal Cook's pledge from Florida State.
Source: Rivals
Jun 16 - 4:59 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that FSU five-star 2018 RB James Cook was "dominant when he wanted to be" during the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"Sometimes he can get bored, and that’s what happened in the evening session," Farrell writes. He previously referred to Cook the "most sudden running back" during drills, so it isn't like this was a complete swing-and-a-miss camp for Dalvin Cook's baby brother. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 16 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 13 - 9:27 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso ranks Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Deondre Francois as the No. 94 NFL prospect in the country.

"As a redshirt freshman, Francois displayed veteran-type moxie, accuracy, and decision-making," Trapasso wrote. "[Francois] is a calm pocket passer with athleticism who's well on his way to being a super-refined prospect." The analyst believes Francois must cut down on his pocket drifting, but added, to be fair, that FSU's poor offensive line a year ago did Francois no favors. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Francois threw for 3,350 yards and a 20/7 TD/INT ratio while completing nearly 59 percent of his passes at 8.4 yards per attempt last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 12 - 1:39 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell passes along that FSU five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook was the "most sudden running back" in drills at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Cook lost out on the positional MVP award to OSU commit Jaelan Gill, but did a nice job nonetheless. While the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder has not reopened his recruitment, Rivals' Woody Wommack noted earlier this week that Cook plans on taking his share of official visits in the fall and should not be considered an automatic lock to stick with Florida State. LSU, Alabama, Oregon, USC, Georgia and Miami are also on his radar.
Source: Rivals
Jun 11 - 3:46 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack cautions that FSU five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook should not be considered a lock to remain committed.

While Cook remains solidly in the Seminoles' corner, the younger brother of Dalvin Cook should not be considered a given to join FSU. Wommack notes that "[s]everal assistant coaches visited Cook in the spring and he has insisted that he will repay the favor with official visits this fall." Among the other programs trying to steal Rivals' No. 16 overall prospect, LSU, Alabama, Oregon, USC, Georgia and Miami.
Source: Rivals
Jun 9 - 7:37 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James could "develop into a faster, more athletic version of Kam Chancellor."

That's admittedly high praise, but then James is an elite safety prospect. As a freshman in 2015, the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder posted a ridiculous 91 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks), five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. A torn meniscus cost him for the entirety of the 2016 season. "James has outstanding size, speed, explosiveness and versatility. He's shown tremendous range when aligned in the deep half or deep middle," Jeremiah wrote. "He's been used as an outside linebacker at times and he's a dynamic pass rusher. He can win with pure speed or a devastating inside counter move." The analyst wants to see James work on his ball skills and backside run defense. Nitpicking, to be sure, but that's the kind of talent we're dealing with.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 2:23 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger points to FSU five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook as a potential MVP for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

Krueger acknowledges that five-star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is probably a safer pick, but notes that Cook "could potentially take over the camp as well." Rivals ranks him as the No. 16 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder earlier impressed at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Miami this spring.
Source: Rivals
Jun 8 - 8:11 PM

A Florida State spokesperson said redshirt senior DL Keith Bryant hasn't been with the team since the end of spring practices.

Bryant was arrested recently for habitually driving on a suspended license. The FSU spokesperson didn't specifically say if that incident was the reason for his departure. Bryant is a former four-star recruit who didn't pan out. Over the past two years, he had six tackles and one TFL.
Jun 8 - 1:47 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James recorded seven tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in the team's spring game.

By far the most important takeaway from James' spring is that he reported no ill effects from the torn meniscus which sidelined him for almost the entirety of the 2016 season. The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder is a potential top-10 selection -- possibly top-five -- for next spring's draft. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks refers to James as "a natural leader and an alpha dog." If Florida State is going to make a run at the Playoff this coming season, a healthy James will be a necessity.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 1 - 9:48 PM

247Sports' Chris Nee wrote after Florida State's spring game that redshirt freshman T Josh Ball "looked like he was the clear-cut favorite to replace Roderick Johnson at the offensive tackle position."

"He did have a false start, which was a blemish on his day, but the Seminoles found success running behind him regularly and he seemed to have a relatively clean day in pass protection as well," Nee noted of Ball's spring game showing. The 6-foot-8, 323-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and took a redshirt as a true freshman.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 1 - 9:16 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that sophomore CB Levonta Taylor is "one of those special guys that play the game with great instincts."

This spring, the 5-foot-10, 169-pound Taylor was putting in work at corner and "star." In the Seminoles' system, the star position is something of a hybrid corner/linebacker position. Lamarcus Joyner and Jalen Ramsey both manned that position during their careers at FSU. "You are blitzing, you are covering, you are doing a lot of man-under deals," Taylor said of the position. "You are going to be in situations to make plays." As a true freshman, he played in all 13 games, recording 16 tackles and one pass defended along the way. Those numbers could see a quantum leap in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 5:22 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy is of the opinion that Florida State five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook was the second-best performer in the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp series.

Cassidy tabbed Miami pledge Lorenzo Lingard as the No. 1 performer in the camp series, with Cook trailing right behind. The analyst writes that the 5-foot-11, 182-pounder "took a massive number of one-on-one reps at the Miami camp stop and won most of them easily." He refers to Cook's explosiveness as "his calling card." The younger brother of former FSU star (and new Minnesota Viking) Dalvin Cook, baby brother ranks as Rivals' No. 16 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 30 - 2:41 PM

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


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