February 3, 1999
Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State University released Wednesday a list of 12 prospects who have signed letters-of-intent to play football for the Seminoles. Included in the list are two players (Kevin Emanuel and Corey Whitaker) who have already enrolled at Florida State this spring. Their scholarships do not count against this signing class, but are recorded under the 1998 group of signees.
"This was the most intriguing recruiting season I can remember in a long time," said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden. "The reason being that we had such few numbers, weve never had so few to sign. I had more than this at Howard College. We have 74 guys coming back out of 85 and it just didnt leave you much. So I didnt know what we would do.
"Three days ago I said we are not gonna have but six. Thats what happens when you go after the best. When you go after the best, which nearly all of these are, they wont commit quickly. Meanwhile other good ones are getting away, because you are not willing to commit to them.
"We had told our coaches to recruit for 1999 and 2000 because we dont have many needs this year. Its hard to convince these kids to come to Florida State when you cant show they can play immediately, so the ones who signed were brave.
"I sure want to applaud John Lilly and our staff and what they did. I would have panicked a lot sooner than they did and I would have said go grab so and so, go sign or we are not gonna have enough, and they wouldnt do it. They just stood by their guns.
"This is a heck of a quality class. You know we always rank high in our recruiting here. I dont know how this will rank. Numbers could destroy us because their aint many out there. First time I could remember in a long time we couldnt even sign a football team. We only had 11 scholarships, for a team we need 22. Quality wise this will be mighty hard to beat."
1999 Florida State Football Signees
Name Pos. Hgt.Wgt.Yr. Hometown, High School/ JC Anquan Boldin QB 6-2 205 Fr. Pahokee, FL (Pahokee) Rufus Brown DB 5-10 185 Fr. El Paso, TX (Austin) Cornelius Collier LB 6-1 220 Fr. Miami, FL (Palmetto) Darnell Dockett DL 6-4 260 Fr. Burtonsville, MD (Paint Branch) Kevin Emanuel* DL 6-4 240 Fr. Waco, TX (Waco) Randy Golightly FB/LB 6-2 237 Fr. Tallahassee,FL(N. Florida Christian) Alonzo Jackson DL 6-4 245 Fr. Americus, GA (Americus) Nick Maddox RB 6-0 190 Fr. Kannapolis, NC (A.L. Brown) Kendyll Pope LB 6-2 212 Fr. Lake City, FL (Columbia) B.J. Ward DB 6-4 200 Fr. Dallas, TX (Kimball) Fabian Walker QB 6-2 205 Fr. Americus, GA (Americus) Corey Whitaker* OL 6-4 290 Fr. Pace, FL (Pace) Jeff Womble DL 6-3 295 Fr. Dunwoody, GA (Dunwoody)
* Already enrolled at Florida State for the spring semester.
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1999 Florida State Football Signees Bios
Listed as one of the top prospects in the country by nearly every publication...possesses excellent speed and arm strength...a USA Today All-USA first-team selection and Florida Player of the Year... Floridas Mr. Football...first-team 3A all-state player...SuperPreps No. 1 skilled athlete and No.1 prospect nationally...Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Football Player of the Year for Florida (overall athletic and academic performance)...ranked as the No. 7 prospect nationally by Tom Lemming...No. 1 prospect in Florida by the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune...ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Florida by the Gainesville Sun...the No. 37 prospect nationally by The Sporting News...named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...member of the Orlando Sentinels All-South team and the Florida Times-Union Super 75 team...named to the PrepStar Dream Team and listed as the No.2 athlete in the nation...the top rated player in the state of Florida on Bill Buchalters All-Southern team...as a senior, completed 133 of 233 passes for 2,842 yards and 36 touchdowns...also rushed for 1,497 yards and 20 touchdowns...grabbed four interceptions on defense...set a state record with 11,433 total yards in his career...cousin of current Seminole offensive lineman Ronald Boldin...selected Florida State over Florida and Miami.
A high school option quarterback that will likely play cornerback for the Tribe...an all-district selection at quarterback...also played safety and cornerback at Austin...emerged as one of the top athletes in not only the state of Texas, but the entire country by the end of the recruiting season...PrepStars No. 6 athlete in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12 region...the No. 71 player in the nation according to the National Recruiting Advisor...Tom Lemmings No. 62 prospect in the Southwest...quickness and athletic ability have drawn comparisons to Warrick Dunn and Reggie Durden...speed reported at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash...a regional qualifier in the long jump for the track team as a senior...has family in the state of Florida...chose FSU over Texas and Arizona.
Among the nations best at the weakside linebacker position...earned first-team class 6A honors following his senior season...rated the top weakside linebacker in the state by the Florida Times-Union...the No. 10 prospect in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun... SuperPreps No. 8 linebacker nationally...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions Super Southern 100...named to the Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel...No. 28 prospect in Florida according to the Tampa Tribune...garnered Florida Super 75 honors from the Florida Times-Union...rated among the top 10 weakside linebackers in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and the No. 143 prospect in the Southeast by Tom Lemming...totaled 127 tackles and five sacks as a senior at Palmetto High...selected FSU over Auburn and Florida.
Regarded by many as the top defensive end in the nation...a first-team USA Today All-American and Maryland Player of the Year...a Parade All-American...1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year for Maryland (overall athetic and academic performance)...named as an All-American by Student Sports magazine...ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation by RivalNet...rated the No. 3 prospect nationally by the National Recruiting Advisor...SuperPreps No. 2 defensive lineman and No. 25 prospect nationally...No. 17 prospect in the country by The Sporting News...Tom Lemmings No. 6 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region (No. 42 nationally)...ranked No. 13 in the country by the Tampa Tribune...named to PrepStars Dream Team...also named the Defensive MVP of the ACC region and co-MVP nationally by the same publication...tallied 171 tackles (109 solo), 15 sacks, two caused fumbles, three recovered and three blocked punts in his senior season...set a school record with 47 sacks in his career...joins Tommy Polley as the second player from the state of Maryland on the roster...selected FSU over Ohio State and North Carolina.
Heralded signee from the state of Texas who was originally a member of the 1998 class...enrolled this spring after meeting academic standards...has a frame that would allow him to add an additional 25 pounds...tallied 71 tackles (29 solo), seven sacks, one interception (for a TD), two fumble recoveries and two fumbles caused in his senior season...had a 310-pound bench press and a 40-yard dash time of 4.83 out of high school...the Central Texas Defensive Player of the Year...David Garvin's No. 1 defensive end in the state of Texas and No. 5 player overall...rated among the top eight rush ends in the nation and tabbed an All-American by the National Recruiting Advisor... named as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the Big 12 region by PrepStar...SuperPrep's No. 32 defensive lineman in the preseason...cousin of Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Bert Emanuel...chose FSU over Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Iowa.
Tough, hardnosed player that will likely play fullback for the Seminoles...played defense in high school, earning first-team Class 2A All-State honors as a linebacker...rated the No. 63 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep...ranked No. 116 in the Southeast by Tom Lemming...recorded 146 tackles (23 for a loss) as a senior...exceptional strength with a bench press of more than 420 lbs....selected FSU over Wake Forest and Southern Miss.
A standout defensive line prospect from the state of Georgia...joins high school teammate Fabian Walker in FSUs signing class...a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American...selected as a SuperPrep All-American after playing both offense and defense in high school...a first-team class 2A all-state selection...ranked the No. 24 defensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep and the No. 25 prospect by Dixie...rated the No. 110 player in the Southeast by Tom Lemming...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia...recorded 116 tackles, 16 sacks and three blocked kicks as a senior...selected FSU over Georgia and Florida.
One of the most sought after running backs in the country...totaled 2,536 yards and 33 touchdowns on 267 carries as a senior (9.5 yards per carry)...had 20 catches for 268 yards and eight scores...added four punt returns for touchdowns of 50 yards or more...finished his career with 6,624 rushing yards and 114 total touchdowns (state record)...a Parade All-American and first-team USA Today All-USA selection...the USA Today Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina...Tom Lemmings No. 1 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 2 prospect nationally...SuperPreps No. 4 running back (No. 14 player overall) nationally...No.1 running back in the country by PrepStar and offensive MVP of the ACC region..regarded as the No. 8 prospect in the country by The Sporting News...listed at No. 22 overall by the NRA...named the 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions high school player of the year for the Southern region and state of North Carolina (athletic/academic achievement)...the No. 1 player in the state according to Bill Buchalter...also ran track and played basketball at Brown...led football team to 13-1 season as a senior...carried 10 times for 102 yards and two scores (12 and 60-yard runs) in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl...reported 40-yard dash of 4.5...chose FSU over Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Regarded by many as the best defensive player in the state of Florida and one of the top linebackers in the nation...a first-team USA Today All-American and Parade All-American...earned first-team 6A All-State honors...recognized as one of the top five players in Florida by Bill Buchalter...listed as the No. 14 prospect in Florida and No. 63 nationally by the Tampa Tribune...No. 32 prospect in the nation according to The Sporting News...the No. 5 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep...named to the the Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state by the Gainesville Sun...rated as one of the Super 75 prospects in Florida by the Florida Times-Union...named to the PrepStar Dream Team and rated the No. 3 linebacker in the country...recorded 175 tackles, seven sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior...hails from the same high school as current FSU player Brian Allen and former FSU All-American Reinard Wilson...selected FSU over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Talented quarterback who stacks up among the best in the country...set the Georgia state record for career passing yards (8,281 yards) and touchdowns (81)...an USA Today All-USA honorable mention selection...earned Georgia high school player of the year as well as class 2A all-state honors following his senior year...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions Super Southern 100 and Georgia Top 50 teams...selected to the Orlando Sentinels All-Southern team...rated the No. 16 player in the Southeast and No. 43 nationwide by Tom Lemming...listed as the state of Georgias No. 3 prospect by Bill Buchalter...ranked the No. 66 recruit nationally by the Tampa Tribune....finished his senior season with 3,187 yards passing and 30 touchdowns...totaled over 8,100 yards and 80 TD over his career...speed reported at 4.6 in the 40...joins Americus teammate Alonzo Jackson as a member of this years FSU signing class...selected FSU over Georgia and Central Florida.
Hard-hitting safety who emerged as one of the best players in the state of Texas...frame would allow for an additional 20-30 lbs. if he made the move to linebacker...named to PrepStar's Big 12 region Super 30...rated the No. 3 defensive back prospect in that region by PrepStar...recorded 72 tackles and took all three of his interceptions back for touchdowns during senior season...picked off six passes as a junior...reported 40-yard dash times in the 4.4 range...also played basketball and ran track at Kimball...high school has produced college standouts Delon Washington (USC) and Allen Wilbon (Colorado)...brother of Miami Hurricane cornerback Nick Ward...had pick of almost any school in the country, choosing FSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.
Joins Kevin Emanuel as a spring enrollee after meeting academic standards...originally a member of the 1998 signing class...regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the state a year ago...played tackle in high school, but is athletic enough to play either guard or tackle at the collegiate level...attended the same high school as former Seminole quarterback Thad Busby...graded out at 80 percent or better on his blocks over junior and senior seasons...a Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection at guard...recognized as one of the top 50 offensive line prospects in the Southeast by PrepStar...tabbed as an All-American by the National Recruiting Advisor...selected FSU over Alabama, Syracuse and Florida.
Listed as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation...a second-team USA Today All-American...earned first-team class 4A all-state honors as a senior...the No. 4-ranked defensive lineman in the country and the No. 29 prospect overall by SuperPrep...rated the No. 44 prospect in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and Tom Lemming...listed at No. 29 in the country by the Tampa Tribune...recorded 69 tackles (40 solo), 15 tackles for loss, five caused fumbles and tallied 18 quarterback hurries this season...selected FSU over Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.