Feb. 2, 2005
Florida State's football recruiting class once again proved to be one of the best in the nation. With the late addition of defensive tackle Callahan Bright, the Seminoles secured three five star recruits for 2005. Rated the #2 recruiting class in the nation, Florida State has added twenty-three of the most talented football players in the country. Stay with Seminoles.com for the latest updates. Complete bios are listed below:
As of 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, the following players have signed with FSU:
Shifty tailback who has great vision and a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.3...a four-star player by Rivals.com...the No. 45 player in the state of Texas according to Superprep despite missing his entire senior season with a knee injury...also impressed coaching staff with his receiving skills...played in high school with Seminole signees Clarence Ward and Korey Mangum...rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in just nine games as a junior...father, Derrick Florence, owns the fastest 100-meter time recorded by a high school athlete (10.18) according to Track and Field News ... chose Florida State over TCU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-2, 320-pound defensive lineman as the No. 14 overall prospect in the nation. That lofty ranking is the result of an impressive combination of size, strength and athleticism. He boasts a 600-pound squat and 385-pound bench and run the 40-yard dash in the 4.8 range. Last season he racked up 15 sacks, and in 2004 had nearly 10 sacks despite missing a few games...chose Florida State over Texas A&M, Florida, Oklahoma, and Purdue.
A four-star player by Rivals.com...rated No. 78 overall player in the country and the No. 3 weakside defensive end in the nation according to Rivals.com...rated the No. 5 player in North Carolina and the state's No. 1 defensive lineman...also rated the No. 5 overall player in North Carolina by Superprep Magazine and the No. 20 defensive lineman nationally...recorded 120 tackles with 16 sacks as a senior...caught 40 passes for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end...played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star game...chose Florida State over North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and N.C. State.
Originally signed with Florida State in 2004 but did not enroll until January of this year...one of three players to enroll early (Emmanuel Dunbar and Anthony Kelly)...rated a four-star player by Rivals.com as a senior at North Marion High School and the No. 21 rated wide receiver in the nation...earned first team all-state honors in Class 3A as a junior and senior...recorded 42 catches for 1,142 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior...a two-sport athlete who also played basketball at North Marion and earned first team 3A all-state honors on the basketball court as well during his senior year...worked out with the FSU basketball team this season along with safety Kenny Ingram...at 6-6, he is believed to be the tallest receiver to play at Florida State.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 12 rated strongside defensive end in the country in 2004...originally signed with Florida State a year ago...the No. 4 rated defensive lineman according to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75...had 112 tackles and 16 sacks as a senior at Deerfield Beach HS...earned first team 6A all-state honors as a senior after earning all-area as a junior...member of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Super 11 (top 11 players in Broward Country) as a senior...played for Team Florida in the 2004 CaliFlorida Bowl and was also a participant in the Dade-Broward All-Star game...an outstanding talent who can play defensive end or defensive tackle...has excellent size and mobility...has been timed at 4.7 in the 40....roommates with linebacker Anthony Kelly...joined Kelly and Greg Carr as one of three players to enroll in January...would like to earn his degree in leadership education and criminal justice.
The 12th ranked player in the state of Georgia according to Superprep...A four-star player by Rivals.com...rated the No.13 player in the state of Georgia...as a senior, rushed for over 1,800 and 29 touchdowns as a senior and recorded 111 tackles as a safety...over his career, set a state record with 111 touchdowns which was previously held by Herschel Walker...chose Florida State over Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and Maryland.
A four-star player by Rivals.com...rated the No. 8 player in the state of Georgia...the No. 24 linebacker in the country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...cousin of former Florida State All-American Tay Cody...as a junior, recorded 80 tackles and four sacks in eight games before breaking his leg...tallied 155 stops with 60 being solo tackles and five sacks as a senior...chose Florida State over Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
A 1st team USA Today All-American...named a three-star player by Rivals.com and the nation's No. 3 ranked kicker...member of the CaliFlorida All-Star team...kicked a 50-yard field goal in the CaliFlorida game...kicked a state record 65-yard field goal as a senior...during his senior season he kicked three field goals over 55 yards (57, 64, 65)...had a 67 yards field goal negated by a penalty...36 of 38 kickoffs were touchbacks...as a punter averaged over 42 yards per kick his senior year...his high school coach, Charlie Armstrong, is the son of Florida State's first baseball coach...chose Florida State over Florida, UCF and Southern Miss.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and No. 85 overall player in the nation...ranked the No. 5 player in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com...the No. 4 overall player in New Jersey according to Superprep Magazine...the No. 16 defensive back nationally by Superprep...a speedy corner with great cover skills...played in the Army All-American game...had three interceptions and 50 tackles as a senior...as a junior, he tallied 45 tackles and had four interceptions two of which were returned for touchdowns...chose Florida State over Georgia, Colorado and Oklahoma.
A three-star player by Rivals.com...made first team All-County Large school football team according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel...totaled 41 receptions for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as senior...returned 26 punts for 358 yards and two touchdowns and returned eight kicks for 269 yards...recorded three receptions for 26 yards in a loss to Lakeland in the state championship game...chose Florida State over Auburn and N.C. State.
A two-star player by Rivals.com...was named to the All-Big Bend team...known as a tremendous blocker who averaged six pancakes per game...helped lead Madison County to the 2A state championship game...will join teammate Geno Hayes at Florida State...chose Florida State over South Florida.
One of the nation's premiere offensive line prospects...listed as a four-star player by Rivals.com...ranked No. 41 overall in the country and the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com...rated No. 8 overall in Florida...the No. 9 player in Florida by Superprep...earned Parade All-America honors...was a second team USA Today selection...will join former high school teammates Aaron Jones and Kenny Ingram at Florida State...chose Florida State over Florida and Ole Miss.
The No. 3 linebacker in the country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...a four-star player by Rivals.com...rated No. 36 overall player in the country and the No. 3 rated outside linebacker...rated the No. 5 player in Florida by Rivals.com...rated the No. 7 player in Florida according to Superprep...a second team All USA Today football team...a first team Parade All-American...played in the CaliFlorida All-star game...tackled a California player on the last play of the game to help hold the Florida team to victory...led the Florida team in tackle with six and had three tackles for loss...as a senior had 124 stops with 27 for loss and 11 sacks...will join teammate Charlie Graham at Florida State...chose Florida State over Tennessee and Clemson.
The only junior in FSU's 2005 signing class...spent two years at Jones Community College after an outstanding prep career at Daytona Beach Seabreeze High School...Totaled 80 tackles, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and nine sacks as a linebacker at Jones last year as a sophomore...earned first team 2004 NJCAA All-America honors and was named the team's defensive MVP as a sophomore....played defensive end as a freshman at Jones and recorded 35 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a TD...a 2003 honorable mention NJCAA All-American...regarded by most publications as one of the top two junior college linebackers nationally...graduated with AA degree from Jones in December in order to enroll early at Florida State...majoring in criminology...a three-star player by Rivals.com as a high school senior...piled up 150 tackles with six sacks in his final year at Seabreeze as he helped the team to a 10-1 record...earned first team all-state honors...missed his junior year after he tore the ACL in his right knee in the first play of the first game...brother of FSU quarterback Xavier Lee...rooms with defensive lineman Emmanuel Dunbar...selected FSU over Florida out of high school and picked the Seminoles over Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia out of junior college.
A three-star player and the No. 40 corner in the country according to Rivals.com...a first team Class 4A all-state selection...will be joined at Florida State by high school teammates Russell Ball and Clarence Ward...totaled 37 tackles, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 12 pass break-ups and 3 blocked kicks as a senior...allowed only two completions all season...was on the West Squad of the Army All-Star game...chose Florida State over Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 65 player in the country...rated the No. 4 strongside defensive end nationally and listed as the No. 6 overall player in the state of Georgia... rated the No. 7 defensive end in the country by Tom Lemming on ESPN.com...recorded 65 tackles and nine sacks as a junior...recorded 89 tackles and seven sacks as a senior...was named the class 2A defensive player of the year...chose Florida State over Georgia, LSU, Miami and Tennessee.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and No. 15 ranked outside linebacker in the country...the No. 13 rated defensive end nationally according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...had 150 tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior...as a junior defensive end, he had 100 tackles and 16 sacks...outstanding athlete with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.55...chose Florida State over Miami, Oklahoma and Georgia.
The younger brother of FSU starting linebacker A.J. Nicholson...regarded as one of the top prep linebackers in the country...a four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 30 overall player in the country...ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com...ranted the No. 7 player in North Carolina...member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team and was named MVP in that game...played for the East squad in the Army All-American game in which he led the East team in tackles...was a USA Today All-American 2nd team member...finished his career with over 600 tackles which broke his brother's school record...father played football at North Carolina...chose Florida State over North Carolina and Texas.
A three-star player by Rivals.com...rated the No. 42 player in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com...a member of the 3A All-State team at Wolfson...netted 53 catches for 1,073 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior...totaled 13 touchdowns as a senior...chose Florida State over Maryland, Clemson and South Carolina.
Regarded as one of the top prep defensive backs in the country...a four-star player by Rivals.com...ranked the No. 66 player overall in the country and No. 6 corner in the country by Rivals.com...ranked the No. 1 player in South Carolina...was a member of the South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl...had a pair of pass break-ups and an interception in the Shrine Bowl...recorded 10 interceptions as a senior...recorded 50 tackles and had nine interceptions as a junior...chose Florida State over Virginia Tech.
The top rated wide receiver nationally according to most publications...a five-star player by Rivals.com...No. 6 overall player in the nation and No. 2 overall player in Florida...Superprep's No. 3 player in Florida and No. 1 overall receiver...the No. 6 overall player in country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...had 608 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a senior...averaged 20.1 yards per catch his senior year...played for Team Florida in the CaliFlorida Bowl...was a member of the East team in the Army All-American Bowl...had five receptions for 29 yards in the Army All-American Bowl and had 55 yards in punt returns...will join former teammates Joe Manning, Rodney Gallon, Antonio Cromartie, and Pat Watkins at Florida State...chose Florida State over Texas, Miami and Alabama.
The top running back recruit in the country...a five-star prospect by Rivals.com...rated the No. 1 running back in the country and No. 25 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com as well as the No. 3 overall player in the state of Florida...rated the No. 12 player overall by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...rated the No. 1 overall running back by Superprep...rated the No. 2 overall player in Florida by Superprep... led his Pahokee team to the state title and ran for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game...finished the season rushing for 2,814 yards and 44 touchdowns...rushed for over 6,000 yards over his prep career...chose Florida State over Miami and Auburn.
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 13 rated defensive tackle in the country...recorded 56 tackles and sevens sacks as a junior...was a member of the 5A All-State team...played in the CaliFlorida All Star game where he recorded five tackles, four of which were for loss and had two sacks...extremely athletic defensive tackle...after a sack in the CaliForida All-Star game, he did a backflip...chose Florida State over Iowa, Pittsburgh, and Florida.
One of the nation's top rated prep safeties...A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 6 rated safety in the country...rated the No. 12 player in Florida by Rivals.com...rated the No. 22 overall player in Florida by Superprep...played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game and was named defensive MVP for the Florida team...transferred from La Marque High in Texas where he was teammates with Florida State signees Russell Ball and Korey Mangum...in eight games as a senior, he recorded 61 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown on a kickoff return...chose Florida State over Alabama and Texas A&M.