Not much news today. We have the Jeremy Deering signing at 6pm tonight and will post a live-stream for that (Channel 8 in Tampa). Deering is a 6'2" 205 lb athlete who can be a great safety or wide receiver.
Our staff is hard at work pursuing last minute leads and finishing the signing day page. Here's a sneak preview:
Click for a bigger image. The players will be in order of signing time. And we'll let you know where a kid chose even if his destination is not Tallahassee. We hope to be your destination for signing day.
Scalpem.com has been killing it lately with a new site re-design. Check out their Jimbo Fisher meter.
Chantrant.com tells us Telvin Smith looked 6'4" and thicker than he did last year.
There's a report out of one of the Herald that LB Darrin Kitchens is no longer considering the 'Noles after FSU retained Telvin Smith. Smith is the better player.
ESPN says Jimbo Fisher, who just replaced Bobby Bowden -- one of the all-time great recruiting closers -- will establish himself as a fine closer as well. The Seminoles are in a good position to potentially add several prospects by the end of national signing day, including four ESPNU 150 players. Look for FSU to sign the top defensive class in the country.
Taiwan Easterling might be switching to baseball full-time. It would be the smart move. The 6th round draft choice out of high school has a future in baseball, not football. This all depends on how much promsie he shows on the diamond.
As for money, apparently people were holding their money until FSU could get rid of Bowden:
The excitement building behind the Seminoles' 2010 season doesn't stop with the arrival of another celebrated class of players. Early returns on the behind-the-scenes efforts of Seminole Boosters and the Florida State ticket office indicate that Seminole fans have a renewed enthusiasm for the program's future.
Based on year-to-date comparisons, renewal of booster membership is up 90 percent from this point in 2009, while they are enjoying nearly a 17 percent increase in monetary gifts.
Season ticket renewals and new season ticket purchases for 2010 are even more impressive statistically. The ticket office is reporting an 80 percent increase in new sales over the total from this time last year, while renewals, bolstered by an early push, are up from 423 to a whopping 2,327. That's a 450 percent increase.