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Noles News: Ramsey poised to have big combine performance?

Could Jalen Ramsey further improve his draft stock with a impressive showing at the NFL combine?

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- ESPN's Mark Schlabach moved Florida State all the way up to No. 2 in his way too early top 25 for 2016 after the Seminoles' successful National Signing Day.

Outlook: The Seminoles were already loaded enough to challenge Clemson in the ACC, and then coach Jimbo Fisher signed the country's No. 1 recruiting class. If FSU can get more consistent play at quarterback, it might be the team to beat in the ACC. Returning starter Sean Maguire will miss spring practice after undergoing ankle surgery, so redshirt freshman Deondre Francois might have a legitimate chance to win the job. Every starter is coming back on offense, including star tailback Dalvin Cook. FSU opens the season against Ole Miss in Orlando, Florida, and plays Clemson and North Carolina at home.

- Florida State offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld was named to the All-ACC Academic football team last week.

- In a crazy turn of events, the governor of Louisiana has declared that the state's budget crisis could be severe enough that it would cancel LSU's 2016 season according to multiple reports including this one by Sports Illustrated.


- SB Nation's Stephen Godfrey provides a fascinating piece on what recruiting is like at Penn State in the post-scandal era. For this and more recruiting tidbits on a daily basis, click here to subscribe to SB Nation's daily recruiting newsletter organized by none other than our own Bud Elliott.


- Chase Goodbread of named former Seminole Jalen Ramsey as one of eleven pro prospects who is set to impress at the NFL combine. Per Lance Zuerlein, one NFL exec has already said that Ramsey will "win" the combine.

Florida State's star defensive back can play any position in the secondary, and will bring the kind of track exploits to Indianapolis that foretell a stellar outcome. He was the long-jump champion of the ACC last year, and ran a 100-meter dash in 10.61 seconds. No, they don't test in the long jump at the combine, but he's a smart pick for a brow-raising measurement in the broad jump. He'll test at more than 40 inches in the vertical jump as well.

Other Sports

The FSU men's basketball team suffered a tough loss to the rival Miami Hurricanes Sunday night, closing out a tough week with an 0-2 record.

- In brighter news, the Florida State women's basketball team extended its winning streak to 11 games Sunday afternoon with a dominating win over the visiting North Carolina Tarheels.