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Florida State football, recruiting news: FSU included in 2017 five-star RB's top five list

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Football

- ESPN's Alex Scarborough argues that FSU running back Dalvin Cook is the most anticipated non-conference player that an SEC team (two, actually) will go up against in 2016.

SEC: Florida State RB Dalvin Cook

Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb, Jalen Hurd, Bo Scarbrough. When it comes to SEC running backs, there's a lot of chest-thumping that goes on, and rightfully so. But the SEC has to pump its collective brakes when it comes to Florida State's Dalvin Cook. That man can ball. While he may not have the size of some of the SEC's top backs, Cook certainly has more than enough power to go along with his lightning-quick reflexes. Despite missing the game against Syracuse, he put up nearly 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He went off for 183 yards and two touchdowns against what was considered a solid Florida defense. This year will be great, because we'll get to see Cook twice: once in the annual Florida rivalry game and once in the season opener against Ole Miss, which boasts a stout defensive line. -- Alex Scarborough

- At a recent Seminole Club meeting, Jimbo Fisher shared that Florida State QB Sean Maguire is progressing well in his recovery, as reported here by Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel.

- Bud Elliott, in his role as SB Nation's National Recruiting Analyst, views an unfortunate trend which could be underway in the Pac-12.

- Peter Berkes of SB Nation suggests a few rule changes which could make college football better.

Recruiting

- D'Andre Swift, the No. 1 all-purpose back in the class of 2017, included FSU in his top five schools he unveiled on Twitter Wednesday night.

- Florida State offered 2019 safety Brendan Gant out of Lakeland on Wednesday.

- Chris Johnson, a college sports writer for Sports Illustrated, details how the Apple Notes app has revolutionized the recruiting game.

NFL

- Former Seminole Javien Elliott took another step in his incredibly journey this week, going from walk-on at FSU to scholarship player to Tampa Bay Buccaneer when he was picked up as an undrafted free agent on Wednesday.

Other Sports

The Florida State baseball team won its opening game of the ACC Tournament over the NC State Wolfpack on Wednesday. The Seminoles, who have struggled with situational hitting all year long, scored four runs in the eighth inning to break open what had been a tie game.

- FSU baseball alum Devon Travis has been activated off the disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays and  will look to get back to the high level of production which he played with last year, batting .304 in 239 plate appearances before he suffered an season-ending injury.