Will Noles and Canes Battle for Brackins?

With the offense losing Craphonso Thorpe and Chauncey Stovall to graduation, FSU will be looking for some experienced help to bolster an unproven group of returnees in the receiving corps. While FSU is facing some competition from the NFL for JUCO standout Larry Brakins, the Seminoles may be getting a run for their money from a more familiar source.


Brakins' season is over. His Pear River squad shocked top-ranked Butler Community College, routing them 35-14 for the JUCO national title over the weekend. Brakins grabbed 11 passes in the game.

Now it's onto his official visits, one of which will change to accommodate a new suitor: Miami.

"He'll probably cancel one of these (visits) and add Miami because they are coming to visit him," coach Ted Hatten said. "Everyone likes Miami. He's a bright kid. He knows they are all about winning down there."

Brakins has Ole Miss (this weekend), Texas A&M (12/11), FSU (12/18), LSU (1/7) and USC (1/13) on the docket. Hatten said he is unsure which school will be eliminated. Ole Miss likely won't be one of them, a surprising development after coach David Cutcliffe and his staff were fired today.

"He's not worried about that," Hatten said. "It's probably a good thing because whoever comes in there next will throw the ball more."

As far as FSU goes, Mickey Andrews was at the title game and Hatten says Andrews' has "done a good job recruiting him". Offensive playcalling this season did raise the eyebrows if his star wideout, however.

"What's not to like (about FSU)," he started. "But they need to throw the ball a little more. He knows the QB's weren't very good this year and they need to get better. He also knows they recruited Xavier Lee and knows what a player he is. Larry just wants to go to a place where they are going to throw the ball."

And jumping straight to the ranks of the National Football League?

"That's a possibility. It depends on a couple of things. He'll look at how he does academically and he'll look at where he would end up (in the draft)."

Hatten compared Brakins' skills to a current NFL player that has FSU ties.

"He is like Randy Moss but a better blocker. He comes down with the ball almost every time we throw it his way."

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