Florida State has been one of the most dominant teams on the recruiting trail since 2002 with 7 Top-10 finishes in the team rankings including the No. 1 ranking in 2011. The Seminoles have signed 13 players inside the Top-10 for their respective classes over that span. Here is how each player turned out:
2002 RB Lorenzo Booker: No. 1 Overall
Booker came to Florida State with every accolade you can think of. He won the Hall Trophy, The Gatorade Heisman Trophy, and was named a Parade All-American. He was the first recruit to commit on national television and committed to Florida State over Notre Dame. Booker was a good player for the Seminoles, but never lived up to the hype of the No. 1 player in the country. He split carries throughout his career with Leon Washington. He finished his career with 497 carries for 2,389 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 114 passes for 895 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins.
2002 WR Chris Davis: No. 6 Overall
Davis did not have a strong start to his career as he was sidelined his freshman season by a knee injury. He never really got his magic back that made him such a special recruit, but he did make an impact for Florida State his junior and senior years. He finished his career with 137 catches for 1,842 yards and 12 touchdowns. Davis was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans.
2003 LB Ernie Sims: No. 1 Overall
Sims was a Parade and USA Today All-American coming out of high school as well as the No. 1 player in the country. Sims played in every game of his true freshman season as a backup. He moved into a starting role in 2004 and had his best season as a Seminole with 86 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He was named a second team All-ACC player and an ESPN first team All-American. Sims once again Started for the Seminoles in 2005, but wasn’t able to reproduce his sophomore year numbers. He finished his career with 200 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. He was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
2004 QB Xavier Lee: No. 10 Overall
Lee was named Mr. Football in the state of Florida as a junior in 2002 and was named the 3A player of the year as a senior in 2003. Lee never got going at Florida State and started just five games for the Seminoles. He didn’t throw for over 1,000 yards in any season and eventually left Florida State after his redshirt junior season to try and make it in the NFL as a tight end. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens before being cut and going to the Indoor Football League.
2005 WR Fred Rouse: No. 6 Overall
Rouse said that he was going to bring the funk back to Florida State, but that never happened. He played just one season in Tallahassee before transferring to UTEP. Despite signing with multiple indoor and CFL teams he never played professionally.
2006 S Myron Rolle: No. 7 Overall
Rolle came to Florida State and made an immediate impact as a true freshman. He was named to multiple first team freshmen All-American and was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by Sporting News. Rhodes was a good football player, but his lasting legacy at Florida State was that he was the first football player to win the Rhodes scholarship. He left Florida State and spent the next academic year at Oxford University. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
2009 DT Jacobbi McDaniel: No. 3 Overall
McDaniel was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Florida his senior year before coming to Florida State. McDaniel was a contributor for his first two years at Florida State, but in his junior season he broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle. He redshirted his senior year, but came back in 2013 and was a valuable contributor on Florida State’s National Championship team. He finished his career with 94 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He is currently on the Cleveland Browns practice squad.
2011 DE Cornellius “Tank” Carradine: No. 2 JUCO
Carradine played just two seasons at Florida State after transferring from Butler Community College. Carradine was mostly in a backup role in 2011, but did get a lot of playing time. He moved into a starting role as a senior and flourished. He recorded 80 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks that year and was named to the All-ACC first team. He tore his ACL in the final game of the regular season against Florida and it caused his draft stock to fall a bit. Carradine finished his career with 118 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 16.5 sacks. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
2011 S Karlos Williams: No 8 Overall
Williams was recruited as a safety, but after two years of failing to earn a starting spot Williams made the move to running back and was a major part of the 2013 National Championship team. He moved into the starting role as a senior in 2014, but was unable to hold onto the starting job ahead of freshman Dalvin Cook. He finished his career with 1,419 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.
2012 DE Mario Edwards Jr.: No. 4 Overall
Edwards was named the High School Defensive Player of the Year by USA today and was named to multiple high school All-American teams. Edwards was forced into action as a true freshman due to injury and played in all 13 games as a freshman, starting in the ACC Championship game and the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois. Edwards stayed in that starting role as a sophomore in 2013 and was a big piece to the National Championship team that year. Edwards had a good, but not great, senior season and was named to the All-ACC first team. He finished his career with 89 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. He was drafted with the 35th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.
2012 CB Ronald Darby: No. 9 Overall
Darby was named to multiple high school All-American teams before arriving at Florida State. He was a major contributor on the 2012 team as a freshman, and was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was also named a freshman All-American by the FWAA. Darby moved into a starting role in 2013 and became a lockdown corner for the Seminoles. He continued that into the 2014 season before leaving for the NFL. Darby only recorded 2 interceptions, but team routinely avoided his side of the field. He finished his career with 79 tackles to go along with those 2 interceptions. He was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.