Make or Break Weekend

This week has been a great week so far in recruiting for Florida State as 3 players enrolled early for the spring semester. Additionally, the Noles are expecting a huge weekend as they are hosting 10 blue-chip recruits who'll be making official visits. NoleDigest takes a look at the early enrollees as well as the recruits who are visiting this weekend.

The Seminoles landed 3 big-time players as early enrollees in Nigel Bradham, Terrance Parks and Vince Williams. Nigel is one of the top linebackers and overall players from the 2008 class. With the loss of Geno Hayes moving on, getting Bradham into school early was big for the Noles. With Parks, he proved at the ESPN All-American game that he is one of the most physical cornerbacks in this class, and he'll bring that ability to a corps of guys who lacks a strong physical presence. His performance this past week shows that he may be completely healed from the knee injury, thus allowing him the chance to contribute right away next fall. Vince Williams was able to realize his dream after it looked as though he wasn't going to be able to come early. There was a mix-up with his school but that was eventually cleared. With a strong spring and fall, Williams will add depth to the line backing corps and most likely be a special team's contributor.

Florida State has a wide variety of prospects coming in this weekend. Some of these recruits are guys that the Noles need at key positions such as offensive and defensive line. With the suspensions looming next fall, some of the players coming this weekend look to be early contributors if they were to come to FSU. Below is a position breakdown of each player coming in this weekend:

Offensive line: Florida State has 2 commitments already, but they are looking to sign possibly up to five linemen in this class. This weekend three players are coming in. Josh Jenkins is a former West Virginia commitment who has opened up his status over the last few months. He committed to the Mountaineers because of Rick Trickett. Several reports came out this week on Jenkins, both positive and negative for FSU. Some people think that Ohio State and FSU are the front-runners, while others feel the decision will come down to Ohio State and West Virginia. With a great visit this week FSU will be in it. One factor facing the Noles is that Jenkins' mom will not be making the visit with him.


Garrett Faircloth has been a recruit the Noles have been looking at for some time. Once a commitment to UCF, the Jacksonville-Bolles standout officially decommitted this week and will be checking out the Noles to see what they have to offer. Once a possible greyshirt candidate, Faircloth is a guy the coaches are turning their attention to now that other guys have gone another route. If an official offer is extended, it's not out of the realm of possibility to see him pull the trigger.

There's been differing reports on if J'Marcus Webb will be making his official to FSU this weekend. Once a commitment to Texas, the JUCO standout is a classic long and lean tackle Rick Trickett loves to utilize. If Webb makes it to Tallahassee, some feel the Noles will put themselves out front to land J'Marcus' signature on Signing Day.

Tight End: The Seminoles got great news this week with the announcement that Jonathan Hannah was good to go in terms of being able to play next year. After the loss of Charlie Graham and the suspension of Caz Piurowski, that was a huge relief for the Noles. Allen, who is committed to the University of Georgia, has remained committed but has stated he'll take some visits before Signing Day. Over the past few months the Noles have made an impact on Allen, as his relationship with John Lilly combined with the potential playing time, has caused Allen to rethink some things. A great visit for Allen may catapult the Noles to top of the list with the Bulldogs before he heads to North Carolina next week.


Wide Receiver: Julio Jones is a crown jewel in the 2008 class. As a guy NFL legend Jerry Rice fawned over this summer, Jones is a can't miss prospect who some feel is the best wide-out to come from the high school ranks since Randy Moss. His visit to Florida State is the second of five visits the #1 overall player will make. Some feel like he is a lock to Alabama, but reports have stated the Seminoles are in it more than people think. Jones is a quiet guy who doesn't say much, but a good visit will likely keep the Noles in it till the end. Jones will make visits to Oklahoma, Florida and Texas Tech before he decides, but expect the Noles to play a major role in the end.

Defensive line: The Seminoles are hosting three committed players this week in Markus White, Moses McCray and Everett Dawkins. White is the JUCO Player of the Year and a guy who'll play right away. He told NoleDigest he just wants to soak in the environment and make sure he fits in. Everett Dawkins is coming off a dominating bowl season, and he's excited to make his only official visit this weekend to FSU. Moses McCray is a guy who may the guy who'll have to have a great visit to ensure a signature in February. In October McCray took a visit to LSU and had such a good time some feel he silently committed to them while on the visit. The Noles must secure this recruit this weekend as he'll be a player they may lean on going into the first 3 games of the 2008 season.


Linebacker: Florida State already has one of the top linebacker classes for this class. With the loss of Hayes and maybe Ball, as well as the suspensions, FSU is looking to maybe ad one more linebacker to this class. Two of the guys they are looking at are Lerentee McCray and Marcus Robinson. McCray was formerly committed to Miami, but has since moved away from that. LSU, Florida and Tennessee are the other schools McCray is looking at at this time, but some feel this will come down to a UF/FSU battle. Some people feel as though the Gators have the edge at this time, but those reports may be a bit premature. There is a legit interest in the Noles, and they have the tradition and ability at linebacker to pull this player in the end. A great visit is paramount.

Marcus Robinson stated last week at the Army All-American game that he is going to Miami, but yet he is still taking some visits to ensure that decision is the best one for him. Robinson has already taken visits to LSU and USC, and looks to check out Florida and Miami before its all said and done. From all of the prospects in town this week, Robinson may be the longest shot of the bunch. It must be considered though that the interest is there due to the fact a visit is being made.


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