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FSU signed four-star DT Cedric Wood.

As a senior at Godby High in Tallahassee, Wood recorded 57 tackles (12 for loss) and three sacks. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder also saw interest from SEC squads Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina, but committed to Florida State in April of 2014 and never looked back. He hits the ESPN 300 at No. 203, with their scouting department noting that Wood, "can be tough to move with one blocker and can be active and violent with his hands" and "has a good bull rush and the closing speed to get to the QB." On the more critical side of the ledger, they'd like to see him add "good mass" and believe he "can become more consistent in playing with a low pad level and can give ground when doesn't win with quickness and leverage."
Feb 8 - 11:29 PM

During Friday's All-Star Football Challenge, FSU K Roberto Aguayo absolutely slaughtered the speed-kicking competition.

Aguayo was a perfect 7-for-7 on his boots, hitting two kicks from 35 yards out, two from 45, two from 50 and one from 53. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder's shooting to become the first kicker drafted in the Top-100 since Mike Nugent in 2005. Somewhat unbelievable, but true--the three-time All-American Aguayo is the first FSU player to achieve that three-feat since Deion Sanders.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 6:27 PM

FSU DB Jalen Ramsey defeated Notre Dame WR William Fuller and Baylor WR Corey Coleman in a hands competition during the All-Star Football Challenge on Friday.

We're uncertain as to the point of the All-Star Football Challenge, but that Ramsey proved more adept at catching the ball than players who will literally make their livelihoods catching the ball is sign enough of his insane skill-set. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Florida State product did not drop a pass from the Jugs machine and once his portion of the competition was completed, he ran up and dunked the ball on the goalpost. "I got hands just like a wide receiver," Ramsey said. In his second Big Board of 2016, Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked the versatile defender his No. 6 prospect in the draft pool.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 5:09 PM

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


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