Wednesday Recruiting: National Signing Day Edition!

A huge thanks to everyone who assisted in putting this together.  Special thanks to Pbysh, who put together this awesome formatting job on his birthday!

Our first National Signing Day Post drew 320 comments in 3 hours.  People were having trouble reloading.  If you're bored, read through yesterday's thread (linked below).

Greg Reid Committed to the Noles!  You can hear his actual commitment on Chantrant.com Remember  "Why you should know about Greg Reid"?

4* guard Aubrey Phillips Committed to the Noles at Halftime of his basketball game!

That now gives FSU 20 commitments.  Remember, however, that Jenkins (DE) is an early entry, and that Stork (TE) counts towards the class of 2010.  I'd be shocked to see us take more than 4 more guys for the 2009 class (currently at 18).

Here are our commits (in the order they should sign their letters of intent "LOI'S")

LOIs in...

  • TE/OL Bryan Stork (
  • OL John Prior
  • K Dustin Hopkins
  • WR/CB Xavier Rhodes
  • OL Henry Orelus
  • DT Jacobbi McDaniel
  • RB Chris Thompson
  • DB Jajuan Harley
  • DE/DT Demonte McAllister
  • QB Will Secord
  • WR/Man Child Rodney Smith
  • RB Lonnie Pryor
  • LB C.J. Mizell
  • WR/S/Franchise Willie Downs
  • WR Willie Haulstead
  • DB Greg Reid
  • DB Gerald Demps
  • OL Aubrey Phillips
  • DB Justin Bright
  • ATH Dan Hicks (TE/ DE)
Willie Haulstead

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-2/195/4.59

Videos: [1] [2]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #34 WR, #230 overall
- Scout: #48 WR
- ESPN: #32 WR

Signing Time:8:45

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Powerful wide receiver that fits the mold Jimbo Fisher loves. Flirted with Michigan but will remain close to home.  Has GREAT hands.

Xavier Rhodes

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-1.5/188/4.47

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #75 WR (3*)
- Scout: #50 WR
- ESPN: #60 WR

Signing Time: 9AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Although listed as a WR by all services, depth at the position will almost certainly make him end up as a CB, where he is very capable.  Could also play safety.  Put up ridiculous statistics in 6A Dade County football.

Will Secord

Position: Quarterback

Measurables: 6-2/204/4.66

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #32 pro-style QB (3*)
- Scout: #57 QB
- ESPN: #60 QB

Signing Time: 9AM

LOI in?  Yes

Notes:
With D'Vontrey Richardson likely never taking a snap in a Seminole uniform again, depth at the QB position became important. A coach's son, Secord knows the game and Jimbo Fisher decided to offer late in the process, prompting him to take an official and switch his commitment from Arkansas to Florida State.  Jimbo Fisher and Bobby Petrino wanted him, so that says something.

Aubrey Phillips

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-6/ 312/ 5.1

Videos: None free

Rankings:
- Rivals: #25 OT, (4*)
- Scout: #40 OT (3**)
- ESPN: #92  OT

Signing Time: 9AM   Committed to FSU at halftime of his basketball game (02/03/09)

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Rick Trickett hates fat linemen.  He wants guys with great feet and athleticism.  That he went after a kid of Phillips size is a testament to Phillips athleticism and potential.  He probably has 290lbs of goog weight and 20 of bad.  We beat out Auburn, Arkansas, and Tennessee for this kid.  he tore up the Army All-Star game.  Comes from a very good program (Olive Branch, Mississippi).  He has work to do, but clearly a kid who could blossom under Trickett.

Greg Reid

Position: Cornerback

Measurables:5-9/ 177/ 4.3

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #4 CB, #27overall (5*)
- Scout: # 7 CB (4*)
- ESPN: #2 CB, #15 overall

Signing Time: Announced last night, signs @ 9AM.

LOI in? Yes

Notes: HAI= Hips, Acceleration & Instincts.  More here.
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Gerald Demps

Position: Safety

Measurables: 5-11/187

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #27 S (4*)
- Scout: #31 S
- ESPN: #7 S, #72 overall

Signing Time: 9AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Goes to the same school as target Greg Reid.  Very versatile, some rumblings that the coaches want him to play corner.  Could possibly do it. 

Demonte McAllister

Position: Defensive End/Tackle

Measurables: 6-3/265

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #4 SDE, #70 overall (4*)
- Scout: #11 DT
- ESPN: #3 DE, #45 overall

Signing Time: 9AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
A complete animal off the edge that could eventually grow into a tackle. Though highly rated, he is still underrated. Completely blew up OT after OT at the AA game.  Pete Carroll called him the best 3 technique tackle in the country.

Lonnie Pryor

Position: Running Back

Measurables: 6-0/195/4.50

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #15 RB, #143 overall (4*)
- Scout: #19 RB
- ESPN: #30 RB

Signing Time: 9AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
A lifetime Nole fan, Pryor racked up 2,295 yards as a senior.  Can play DB as well.

Dustin Hopkins

Position: Kicker

Measurables: 6-1/175

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #1 K (3*)
- Scout: #1 K
- ESPN: #1 K

Signing Time: 9:30AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
With Lou Groza award winner Graham Gano graduating, the Seminole coaches hit a home run by securing the commitment of the top rated kicker in the country. Expected to assume place-kicking duties from day 1.

Jacobbi McDaniel

Position: Defensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-1/280/4.70

Videos: [1] [2] [3]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #2 DT, #15 overall (5*)
- Scout: #1 DT (5*)
- ESPN: #1 DT, #5 overall

Signing Time: 10:00AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
The cornerstone of the Seminole class.  Some Warren Sapp comparisons floating out there.  Committed early and never wavered.

Rodney Smith

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-4.5/201/4.53

Videos: [1] [2]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #8 WR, #65 overall  (4*)
- Scout: #35 WR
- ESPN: #20 WR

Signing Time: 10AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
A shiftier Greg Carr that can simply make plays.  When he gets going, he is pretty fast.

Chris Thompson

Position: Running Back

Measurables: 5-7.5/178/4.59

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #2 all-purpose back, #105 overall (4*)
- Scout: #36 RB
- ESPN: #35 RB

Signing Time: 10AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
A home run threat everytime he touches the ball. Projected to fill Preston Parker's current role.  Shifty.

Jajuan Harley

Position: Defensive Back

Measurables: 6-0/193/4.37

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #12 S (4*)
- Scout: #10 S
- ESPN: #106 S

Signing Time: 10AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Fast. Really, really, fast.  He has the fastest 100 meter time in North Florida.  Shut down DJ Johnson and Fred Pickett at Seminole Showtime.  Rangy.  I expect him to play FS.

C.J. Mizell

Position: Linebacker

Measurables: 6-2/212/4.51

Videos: [1-11]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #19 ILB (4*)
- Scout: #5 SLB
- ESPN: #25 OLB

Signing Time: 10:30AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Extremely underrated linebacker. Had some off-the-field issues as a junior and was penalized by most services for it. If he can keep his head on straight at the college level, expect big things from Mizell. Absolutely loves to hit.  Would have been the #1 recruit in Florida (or Georgia) if not for his off-the-field incident.

Willie Downs

Position: Athlete (WR, S)

Measurables: 6-2/185

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #3 Ath, #34 overall (4*)
- Scout: #7 S
- ESPN: #14 Ath

Signing Time: 11:00AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Versatile athlete that could end up playing on either side of the field for the Seminoles. Has academic issues, but he's had a plan to follow for almost a year now so hopefully he will make it.  He has the potential to be a first round pick at free safety.  An absolute ballhawk.

John Prior

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6-6/280

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #51 OT (3*)
- Scout: #57 OT
- ESPN: #64 OT

Signing Time: 11:00AM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Trickett wanted him. That's all you need to know.

Bryan Stork

Position: Tight End

Measurables: 6-4/245/5.00

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #26 TE (3*)
- Scout: #33 TE
- ESPN: #45 TE

Signing Time: 1:00PM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
A greyshirt commitment, he will not enroll in classes until January. Technically, he is a member of the 2010 class. Projected to eventually end up on the line.

Justin Bright

Position: Safety

Measurables: 6-2.5/185

Videos: N/A

Rankings:
- Rivals: #39 S (3*)
- Scout: #95 S
- ESPN: #l41 S

Signing Time: 2:30PM

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Hails from high school powerhouse Byrnes. Has a high football IQ and is very coachable.  Mickey's personal recruit.  Justin, if you read this, please bring Brandon Willis and crew to Tallahassee.

Henry Orelus

Position: Offensive Center

Measurables: 6-5/265

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #7 C (3*)
- Scout: #30 OG
- ESPN: #l0 C

Signing Time: Who Knows.

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
Has started flirting with West Virginia as signing day approaches. Projected to stick with FSU to learn from the best in the business: Trickett.  Could play guard but will probably play center.  From the Muck.

Brandon Jenkins

Position: Defensive End

Measurables: 6-3.5/235

Videos: [1]

Rankings:
- Rivals: #13 WDE (4*)
- Scout: #25 DE
- ESPN: #18 DE

Signing Time: None (Already Enrolled)

LOI in? Yes

Notes:
An early enrollee that is already at FSU taking classes. Huge upside as soon as he gets some more upper body strength.  Great kid with a great family who will represent FSU well.

 

Still in Play

9 AM:  Andre Debose.  Wideout.  5* Signed with Florida.

10 AM:  Gary Brown.  5* DT from Quincy, FL.

Big man decided to go be irrelevant in Gainesville instead of making it to the NFL under O'dell. This one hurts because a lot of reports indicated that he wanted to come here but momma wouldn't have it.

Noon:  Jawanza Starling, 4* DB. 

Very good talent, I don't think we have a shot.

 

Undetermined times: 

Jumbo Athlete Dan Hicks (expected only as a greyshirt/ invited walk on).  We will sign Hicks. 


Next week:  Orson Charles (not done with visits)


Your Job

When you head that a kid has signed his letter, post it in the comment section.  I don't care where you heard it, so don't say "such and such reports that".  Just say "it's signed".  We'll get a confirmation, and then update the chart.

 

Final Thought

Good luck today.  I'll be very busy tomorrow, with 3 classes and rehab for the shoulder surgery.  Whatever happens, remember to conduct yourselves with composure and class.   We might get a big surprise.  We might lose Henry Orelus to WVU (personally, I hope he does go to WVU because we picked up Phillips).  What matters is that we have done more in the last 24 hours than most schools will do today. I think we could realistically take up to three more prospects at this point, though it is very likely we don't take any new commitments.  If I had said I was satisfied with this class on Sunday night, I would have been lying to you.  If we don't take another player today, and lose nobody or Orelus, I'll honestly be able to call this class a massive success.  This is one of the best recruiting jobs I've ever seen.  It's all about production relative to resources.  This staff produced despite being handcuffed by the ACC's reputation, the success of our major in-state rivals, pending coaching changes, and looming NCAA sanctions.

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