Good News

December's opening weekend brought good news to FSU's recruiting efforts. For starters, TheTerritory was the first to report <b>Justin Mincey's</b> commitment to the 'Noles. Mincey, considered one of the country's top pass rushers, had been leaning towards FSU and finally made it official. FSU also played host to a pair of the country's top defensive players in <b>Callahan Bright</b> and <b>Everette Brown.</b> This weekend, <b>Reggie Nelson</b> and <b>Kenneth Phillips</b> are scheduled to visit.

Florida State recruiting efforts received a boost over the weekend.

TheTerritory was the first to report on Sunday afternoon that Justin Mincey had committed to the Seminoles.

Mincey, a highly-touted pass rusher from Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County, made his decision following a visit from FSU assistant coach Odell Haggins.

Mincey had been favoring the Seminoles during the recruiting process and had indicated earlier he was leaning heavily towards FSU.

Mincey's commitment pushes FSU's total to seven, including linebacker Anthony Kelly, a sophomore linebacker at Jones Community College who had originally signed with the Seminoles in 2003.

Kelly is the brother of FSU freshman quarterback Xavier Lee.

Other commitments include receiver Chadwick Grey, kicker Graham Gano, linebacker Dan Foster, running back Russell Ball, and linebacker Matt Dunham.

Mincey if the highest-rated player in the group, ranked No. 80 nationally in's Top 100.

The top-rated player is Tallahassee Lincoln receiver Fred Rouse, who is scheduled to make the last of his five visits to FSU on Jan. 28.

FSU also hosted two of the country's top defensive line players over the weekend in Callahan Bright and Everette Brown.

Bright, a defensive tackle, is scheduled to visit Texas A&M this weekend. His older brother plays at Purdue.

Brown, a defensive end, lists FSU among his top that also includes Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

Another highly-touted pair is scheduled to visit FSU this weekend -- Reggie Nelson and Kenny Phillips.

Phillips,'s No. 1 rated defensive back from Miami, remains open but admits the Hurricanes have recruited him the hardest thus far.

He also lists the three Florida schools and Tennessee in front of North Carolina State in terms of ranking his top five.

Nelson, possibly the top junior-college player in the country, is expected to graduate from Coffeyville Community College in December.

He has said he will visit FSU, Florida and South Carolina before making a decision.

Nelson, a safety, had been a UF commitment until Ron Zook was fired at midseason.

The Gators hired Utah's Urban Meyer on Saturday as the program's new coach.

In an exclusive interview with TheTerritory on Saturday evening, FSU recruiting coordinator John Lilly said the Seminoles were in good position for a strong finish for February's national signing day.

"For most of the Southeast, not a large number of the top prospects are usually going to commit early," Lilly said.

"So that makes the last two months so critical in the recruiting process. We feel like we are in position to have another outstanding class."

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