'Noles News 01.24.12

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Update: Josh Newberg is refuting the tweet by fellow 247 colleague J.C. Shurburtt. Newberg says Duckett is not coming.

Florida State is bringing in Adam Duckett for a visit this weekend, per J.C. Shurburtt of the 247 Network. Who? He's a 6'8", 340 pound offensive lineman out of Orlando East River. As a junior, he was out of shape and scored a 13 on the ACT (ouch!). As a senior, he apparently worked hard, lost 25 pounds, and says he has an ACT score of 20. None of the recruiting services are going to bother rating a kid with an ACT score of 13. Will the NCAA flag this test score? Is the score legit? How are his grades? I don't know. But this senior film is promising. I think at the very least, a sign-and-place could happen here. A 6'8", 340-pound 18-year old is just getting used to his body. There are definitely some tools here, and you have to like his energy. Many time guys this big play soft. He doesn't. I am not saying he is a superstar, and he definitely needs a lot of polish. But if he hadn't 13'd the ACT as a junior, this would be a kid with multiple BCS offers.

ACC Signing Day Overview - CBSSports.com
This is simply laughable. I like Bryan Fischer a lot, and I bet if asked privately, he'd tell you he thinks Max Preps' rankings are a joke. 86% of Florida State's HS (non-kicker/punter) commitments are rated four-stars or better. Miami? Only 32%. Yet Miami is ranked higher because Tom Lemming loves Al Golden.

Edwards Jr. is simply dominant (FREE link)
Bloodlines and freakish size and speed make Mario Edwards Jr., the nation's No. 1 prospect, 247Sports' Defensive Player of the Year for the Class of 2012.

Lawyers Expect The Big East And West Virginia To Settle - Big East Coast Bias
It appears that West Virginia and the Big East will have to settle their lawsuits according to a set of attorneys that reviewed the cases. This could mean FSU avoids the disaster that is leaving WVU on the schedule.

The ACC Race Is Now Officially Interesting « Tar Heel Fan

Draft 2012: Mayock's Top Fives - NFL Draft Preview - Rotoworld.com Zebrie Sanders the #5 OL. I think he may go in the first round.

Video: No excuses for Clemson, FSU - ACC Blog - ESPN
Heather Dinich says it's time for the Seminoles and Tigers to translate the talent they have into BCS bowl victories. How about just making BCS bowls? I'd say Jimbo needs to win the division twice in the next three years, and think they will. Anything can happen once a team gets to the ACC title game. It's a one-game setting. Winning the division needs to be the consistent goal. That's an eight-game measuring stick.

Checking out ACC attendance numbers - ACC Blog - ESPN The NCAA this month released its attendance report for the 2011 season, and Sports Business Journal recently released three-year averages for each conference. FSU trails only Clemson, and even with the blatant lying done by the SID department at Miami, the 'Noles are still having 60% more fans attend their games than Miami did.

Tracy Howard Staying In Florida, But Could He End Up At Miami? - SBNation.com
FSU could get him, but it's doubtful.

Alex McCalister Commits To Florida Gators - SBNation.com
Defensive end out of N.C.

Venables-Related Q&A with Crimson and Cream Machine - Shakin The Southland
Venables-Related Q&A with Crimson and Cream Machine. With Miami in the tank, Clemson is FSU's #2 rival, and arguably the most important game of the year.

Venables' History on the Recruiting Trail - Shakin The Southland Clemson should stay an excellent recruiting school. So should FSU.

A Brief Introduction - Testudo Times
Testudo Times might just be the best SBNation site. These guys do great work and have added another excellent writer.

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