Jerry Rice Kicks Off FSU Saturday Spectacular

Playing on the momentum of a bowl win over UCLA and a tremendous spring and summer, Florida State University will open its doors to some of the best football talent in the Southeast on Saturday as the curtain will rise for the inaugural "Seminole Showtime… Camping With The Stars".

With a number of former players on hand for this prestigious event, a new era in Seminole football will begin as Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, a record-setter at every level, will be the very special guest in a day that promises to be one that fans and players will long remember.

"From what I hear, this is going to be a huge event," said FSU fan Roy McCray of Jacksonville. "Not only having someone like Jerry Rice there, but all those Seminole greats – past and present – will be exciting to see."

With a number of colleges attempting to gain an edge by hosting showcase events such as the one in Tallahassee on Saturday, FSU truly went above and beyond for this day-long spectacular.

In addition to Rice, former Seminoles stars such as Derrick Alexander, Anquan Boldin, Peter Boulware, Ross Brannon, and standout defensive backs Terrell Buckley, Bobby Butler, Tay Cody, Antonio Cromartie and John Davis will be there to greet fans and some of the top recruits around.

"I knew that others schools were hosting events to generate interest in the program and to step up recruiting," said FSU graduate Keith Snow of Orlando. "But I didn't know we were doing this. I saw the list of former players and recruits expected to be there. I am going to drop everything I had to do on Saturday and head over there."

Having Rice as a headliner is impressive. So is bringing in former players such as defensive back Bryant McFadden, who won a Super Bowl ring in his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers; Jamie Dukes, William Floyd, Corey Fuller, Charles Howard, Paul Irons, Greg Jones, Nick Maddox, Kez McCorvey, Jarad Moon, Bill Ragans, Jamal Reynolds, Samari Rolle, Ron Simmons, Ryan Sprague, Andre Wadsworth, Casey Weldon and Kam Wimbley.

While getting top-name former players involved in this event, Coach Bobby Bowden and his staff have also invited some of the elite recruits for 2008 and 2009 to be a part of Saturday in Tallahassee.

"This is the perfect event to showcase your past, present and to show the recruits who is the backbone of your program," said National Recruiting Specialist Charles Fishbein. "By bringing former players back, you show some of the younger players and the fans the type of program you are running."

Among the players expected to be in Tallahassee throughout the day on Saturday from outside the state of Florida include Georgia standouts Keith Wells (defensive end) and Brandon Thompson Thompson (defensive tackle); Alabama receiver Julio Jones, athlete Burton Scott and defensive end William Green; Virginia receiver Deion Walker; New Jersey defensive back Will Hill; and Kansas senior linebacker Arthur Brown and his brother, 2009 standout, Ryce Brown,

Floridians Nigel Bradham and C.J. Holton (Crawfordville Wakulla), Avis Commack (Jacksonville First Coast), Marcus Forston (Miami Northwestern), Aldarius Johnson (Miami Northwestern), Jamie Harper (Jacksonville Trinity Christian). Moses McCray (Tampa Hillsborough), Vincent Williams (Ridge Community School), Melvin Ray (Tallahassee North Florida Christian), Jabaris Little, T.J. Bryant, Daniel Bryant and Steven Robinson (Tallahassee Lincoln) and Patrick Johnson, who is one of the most coveted defensive backs in the country from Pompano Beach Ely.

The best of 2009 will also be on hand with JaJuan Harley (Tallahassee Rickards), Willie Downs, A.J. Graham and Corey Gaines (Tallahassee Godby), and two-way performer Cody Ledford of Tallahassee North Florida Christian.

The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with a camp that will showcase the talent that these standouts have.

"This looks like an impressive day for Seminole fans," Larry Simms of Miami said. "I will be there for this inaugural event."

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