More Good News For Noles?

The last few years the Noles have had some back luck in terms of getting players qualified academically. This year seems to be much different with defensive back <b>J.R. Bryant</b> getting a qualifying score last week. This week another player is reporting good news.


For Miami Edison guard/tackle Jacky Claude, two vital numbers have risen over the past few weeks. For starters, Claude estimates his GPA is in the neighborhood of 2.6 up two tenths of a point from the beginning of January. That means he'll need at least a 68 on his ACT to qualify academically under the new NCAA sliding scale.

And there's chance good news could be coming soon.

"I took the ACT on April 3 but I haven't got my score yet," said Claude two weeks earlier. "I was a walk-up and didn't pre-register so a lot of people have already got their scores. My guidance counselor said there's a way to pay and get your score online a little earlier so right now I'm trying to do that."

Claude also has a second chance – he's pre-registered for the June 12th ACT just in case.

The Territory talked with the Miami standout on Thursday evening and has good news for Seminole fans.

"I don't want to talk about the numbers but tell everyone that Jacky Claude will be up there in June," he said. "Coach Steele called on Sunday evening to check up on me and he knows what's going on. The plan is to be up there by June 23rd for the workouts."

Claude has an idea who he wants to room with in Tallahassee.

"I talked with Emmanuel Dunbar about rooming with him," Claude said. "We flirted with the idea at the Florida/California All-Star game."

Also on the rise, albeit slightly, is his weight. The Insiders.com has Claude listed at an even 300 but the OL says now he's closer to 305. He points to the weight program he recently received from FSU coaches.

"It's not fat," he said. "I actually think I'm a little bit taller now, too."

David Overmyer currently owns Claude's No. 79 but there are bigger things to worry about now. Grades and numbers, he hopes, will take care of themselves.

"I just want to put a jersey on and get out on the field," he said. "It doesn't matter what number's on it. I just want to play ball."

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