FSU Upgrades Talent Level

Leonard Hamilton knows exactly what it's going to take to move up in the ACC: players. He and the Florida State staff sure didn't waste any time in building up the Seminoles forces.

The latest player to give Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State Seminoles a signature is Bridgton Academy power forward Alexander Johnson.

The 6-8 native of Georgia was one of the lone remaining big guys capable of impacting a program as a freshman and the Seminoles went toe to toe with Cincinnati and Connecticut to sign him.

Johnson has a super strong body and he's always fancied himself as a guy who could step out and make shots … and he can. His talent is just what Florida State had in mind when it began its quest to move up the ranks in the ACC.

The Seminoles should be applauded for what they've been able to accomplish this year on the recruiting trail. First of all, they signed a McDonald's All-American swingman in Vakeaton Wafer. They added juco standouts Antonio Griffin and Diego Romero early as well.

With Johnson in the fold, expect the Seminoles to turn all of their attention toward landing a top flight high school point guard in the Class of 2004. They're on guys like Jason Horton and Marquie Cooke to name a few.

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