There may not be a more important position for FSU to sign this year.
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.
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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.
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.
FSU will look to fill up in 2005 with at least two defensive tackles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Leory Smith and Bryant McFadden leave two opening this year.
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.
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.
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.