Jan. 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Continuing its recent trend of players coming in early to get a head-start in spring drills, Florida State and head football coach Jimbo Fisher announced that three members of the 2012 signing class enrolled this January and are expected to take part in spring drills.
Kicker Cason Beatty, offensive lineman Daniel Glauser and running back Mario Pender have all begun classes for the spring semester. While Beatty and Glauser started when classes resumed the week of Jan. 4, Pender attended his first class as a Seminole Thursday.
Entering his third season as head coach at Florida State, Fisher has now had 15 players enroll early before the start of spring practice. The 2010 early enrollees included LB Jeff Luc, QB Clint Trickett, DT Anthony McCloud and FB Debrale Smiley. Fisher followed that group up last January with seven early arrivers - DE Cornellius Carradine, OG/C Jacob Fahrenkrug, RB Devonta Freeman, OL Sterling Lovelady, OL Trey Pettis, LB Terrance Smith and CB Nick Waisome. Beatty, Glauser and Pender became the latest in the trend.
Fisher will announce the rest of his signing class on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Jimbo Fisher National Signing Day Party at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum will be held later in the day. Doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m. and the program officially begins at 6:30 p.m.
2012 Florida State Early Enrollees
Cason Beatty, P, 6-3, 225, Charlotte, N.C./Olympic
Big, tall, athletic punter with a strong leg and plenty of upside at the college level...started his high school career as a quarterback before picking up punting as a junior in 2010 and excelling at that position...earned first team All-Mecklenburg County honors by the Charlotte Observer as a senior while averaging 43.1 yards per punt on 32 attempts and hitting four punts longer than 60 yards... named MEGA 7 3A/4A all-conference by the Charlotte Observer as a junior and senior... threw for more than 800 yards as a junior quarterback but shined that season as a punter averaging 43.5 yards per attempt on his way to All-Mecklenburg County second team honors by the Charlotte Observer ... rated the No. 3 punter nationally by kicking guru Chris Sailer of California... two-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by ESPN and Scout.com ... ranked the No. 4 punter nationally by Scout.com and No. 5 punter nationally by 247sports... has an older brother, Lucas, who just completed his redshirt year as a quarterback at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Mario Pender, RB, 6-0, 190, Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast
Explosive four-star running back who possesses the quickness, speed and burst to run both inside or outside and also has great power to run through blocks...selected a U.S. Army All-American ... rushed 130 times for 1,543 yards (11.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... named first team All-Area by the Fort Myers News-Press... named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-District 19 Football Team... earned Associated Press' Class 6A all-state third team honors as a senior... rated the No. 72 player on the ESPNU 150 as well as the No. 8 running back, No. 16 player in the state of Florida and No. 38 player regionally... No. 66 on the Sporting News Top 125 of 2012... rushed for 2,261 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 13.87 yards per carry as a junior...has posted times of a 10.61 in the 100 meters and 22 flat in the 200 meters in track ... rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247sports and a five-star prospect by Scout.com ... rated the No. 4 running back nationally, No. 7 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 41 overall prospect nationally by 247sports.com ... rated the No. 28 overall prospect and fifth-best running back by Scout.com... No. 4 running back nationally, No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 38 overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com...selected Florida State over Alabama, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), USF, Tennessee, West Virginia.
Daniel Glauser, OL, 6-6, 317, Rheinfelden, Switzerland/New Mexico Military Institute (N.M.)
Standout two-year starter at left tackle for one of the junior college programs nationally... earned honorable mention NJCAA Football All-America honors this past season as a sophomore at NMMI...helped lead the Broncos to a 9-3 overall mark, a second place finish in the WSFL with a 6-2 record, a berth in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl and a No. 14 final national ranking in the NJCAA... named to the 2011 All-WSFL First Team offense... anchored an offensive line that helped New Mexico Military Institute average 475 yards of total offense which produced a rushing attack that amassed 2,818 yards (234.8 yards per game) and a passing attack that totaled 2,882 yards (240.2 yards per game)... as a true freshman at NMMI, earned the Broncos' "Hustle Award" and didn't allow a sack in his first season as a starter ...rated a four-star JC prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...Chose Florida State over Arkansas, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.