Seminole Recruiting Board

In this second of two installments, TheTerritory's <b>Charles Fishbein</b> looks at Florida State's defensive needs this recruiting season. Click here for the latest news and notes as the evaluation period continues for collegiate football programs. One of the nation's most highly-touted linebackers, of course, is <b>Derek Nicholson</b> (pictured), younger brother of FSU standout linebacker <b>A.J. Nicholson.</b>

Defensive Ends(2-3)
There may not be a more important position for FSU to sign this year.

Alfred Jones
Possibility of signing with FSU is low. Jones committed to LSU but it's a long way to National Signing Day. Our coaches are still going to recruit him and bring him in for a visit.

Avril Spicer
Possibility of signing with FSU is high. There are not many defensive ends this year who have a better first step than Spicer. He is a former Floridian and there is a great chance Spicer ends up at FSU. He is one the few must-gets for the Seminoles.

Ricky Jean Francois
Low. Francois is one of the more impressive looking prospects in the state. He is big and strong and can get after the quarterback. Miami is the leader but the Hurricanes have yet to offer and may not do so until they hear he is qualified. Miami is the leader but FSU is second in command.

John Demps
Medium. With Alfred Jones committing early to LSU, the Seminoles may turn up the heat for Demps. He is a tweener prospect who may end up at end if he plays at FSU. FSU and LSU are the two teams to beat. Miami is not expected to recruit Demps.

Others of Interest
Richard Gordon and Gerrald Williams.

Defensive Tackle(2-3)
FSU will look to fill up in 2005 with at least two defensive tackles.

Callahan Bright
Medium. Bright is by far the top prospect in the nation at his position. He has three schools that stand above the rest - FSU, Miami and Texas A&M. Miami leads but the Seminoles will look to make a move this summer and early fall.

Jeffrey Owens
Medium. With Miami looking to sign two defensive tackles and Bright leaning to Miami, Owens is not one of their top targets. He is a big time prospect from South Florida that FSU has their eye one. He has FSU and Miami leading but like I said before Miami may pass on the Tampa Plant star. Pitt will also be in the picture.

Kade Weston
High. Weston is another top flight defensive tackle that may also play offensive line in college. FSU will take him if they can and place the New Jersey star once on campus. Florida is also high on Weston list.

Other of Interest
Aaron Lewis, Vlad Richard, Brandon Perry.

Linebackers (2-3)
With four linebacker coming in this year it would seem like FSU does not have a need for linebackers this year. Ray Piquon is the only senior on the team. A.J. Nicholson could leave early if he has a monster senior year.

Derek Nicholson
High. He is a big time prospect that FSU is going after hard. He could be an early commitment to the Seminoles. In the end there is not much doubt that Nicholson will be in Tallahassee.

Tray Blackman
Low. Blackman is one of the top players in the nation. He is a heat-seeking missle from the linebacker position. He is also on my must-get list from this year's class. I hope coach Kevin Steele can convince Blackman that Georgia is loaded at linebacker. If we only took one linebacker this year Blackman would be it. UGA and Auburn lead. FSU is third on the list.

Elijah Hodge
Low. Hodge has a nose for the football and seems to make a lot of plays. He has a brother at Iowa who started as a freshman this past year. Elijah is already better than his older brother. Iowa, Ohio State will be two teams that will go after Hodge hard this year.

Eugene Hayes
High. Hayes, from nearby Madison County High School, has great speed and the frame to be a 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker for the Seminoles. When he is on the field something good always seems to happen. Hayes could end up a defensive end at FSU. The Seminoles seem to have a comfortable lead.

Others Interest
Quinton Taylor, Darryl Greshman, Jr., Gerrald Williams, Dustin Forston and Brian Cushing.

Safety
With Kyler Hall, Osei and Jerome Carter leaving the 'Noles have room for three safeties in this year's class.

Kenny Phillips
Low. Phillips is the No. 1 safety prospect in the nation this year. He is also the top prospect on Miami's board. He will narrow his list to just a couple of schools by August. FSU will get a visit but Hurricanes will be tough to beat.

Dorian Munroe
Medium. Munore grew up a Seminole fan but right now the hometown 'Canes are his leader. There is one positive to this situation that UM most likely only take one safety. He visits FSU this summer and the Seminoles will probably offer at that time. FSU and Miami lead. N.C. State is also in the picture.

Demetrice Morley
Phillips may be the top safety in the state but Morley is not too far behind. His teammate J.R. Bryant was the top defensive back in Florida last year. Morley may even be better than his former teammate. FSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and NC State are his leaders. Miami is not even in his top five.

Eric Sledge
High. Sledge is quickly becoming one of the top players in Florida. He is one prospect that Likes FSU a lot. He will most likely stay in state. Miami and FSU seem like his two leaders at this time.

Others of Interest
Dorian Munroe, Gerrod Sinclair

Cornerbacks
Leory Smith and Bryant McFadden leave two opening this year.

Avery Atkins
High. Atkins is one of the top cornerback prospects on our board. He is a great athlete and can play more than one position. The Seminoles look like the front runner for his services.

Chris Chancellor
High. The Edison star grew up a big time Seminole fan and they are his leaders at this time. In the end he will most likely sign with FSU unless Seminole coaches back off.

Chris Singleton
High. He is a name that has not been brought up at all but Singleton is one we will recruit hard this year. He is a 6-foot cornerback who can also line up at safety as well. He was second in the state last year in the 100 meters in track. Singleton also plays receiver but is better on the defensive side of the football.

Others of Interest
Willie Harriot, Devin Giles, Justin King, Jamario Oneil, Jamie Robinson, Walter McFadden, Bryan Evans and Brandon King.


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