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Florida State football, recruiting news: Is ACC/ESPN network deal coming soon?

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Matt Fortuna of ESPN presents a compelling preview of Florida State entering the upcoming ACC Kickoff, highlighted by the question every media member will have for head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Question: Who is your starting quarterback?

How we think he'll answer: Sean Maguire has been our No. 1 QB, but he has to earn that distinction when he returns. And let me tell you, he has been progressing greatly here, so we're optimistic about what he'll bring to the table in fall camp. Deondre Francois did what we asked of him this spring and we're excited about the competition ahead.

How we wish he'd answer: Francois was the No. 3 prep QB in the country in 2014. And you saw what happened the last time I started a redshirt freshman on Labor Day (see: Winston, Jameis). So I'm not afraid of throwing these youngsters into the fire.

There’s more news on ACC Kickoff as we now know which two players each team will be sending to Charlotte as representatives of their programs. There are minimal surprises on the list as all of the players you expected teams to bring, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, will be there. Florida State’s representatives, running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end DeMarcus Walker, may have been the team’s easiest choices in the Fisher era.

How soon could the ACC and ESPN strike up a network deal? David Teel of The Daily Press believes it could be as soon as next week at ACC Kickoff.

Florida State comes in at No. 6 on Fox Sports’ list of the best secondaries in college football compiled by Bruce Feldman.

6. FSU

All-American DB Jalen Ramsey left early for the NFL, but this group is still terrific. The new star is sophomore safety Derwin James who had a monster rookie season, making 91 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and had two forced fumbles. James is big, physical and explosive. He will be used as an X-factor guy deployed all over the place to rattle opposing offenses. Junior Trey Marshall, who missed a big chunk of last season after tearing his biceps, is back and should be in the mix for all-league honors. Corner Marquez White is back for another season as a starter after a solid 2015. The battle for boundary corner is likely between two guys with the size for it, Tarvarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis. Both are about 6-1, 200 and have good athleticism, as does 5-11, 185-pound Levonta Taylor, a guy many recruiting observers saw as the nation's top CB recruits last winter.

Recruiting

A pair of Florida State commits as well as a number of the school’s targeted recruits were included on Bud Elliott and Alex Kirshner’s All-Opening Team.

Alumni

Florida State basketball alum Malik Beasley took to Twitter late Monday night to share that he had officially signed his contract with the Denver Nuggets.

In some more news from former FSU basketball players, Natasha Howard was selected as a member of the USA Women’s Select Team on Tuesday.