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Florida State football, recruiting news: ACC unaffected by satellite camp decision

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Football

Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel writes how Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly is the first of a number of talented signal callers with NFL potential who the Seminoles will face off with this year.

Could Miami’s stadium renovations cause their home game with Florida State to be moved to a neutral site? It’s a distinct possibility. With FSU already holding an advantage with regard to talent, a neutral-site game, with Orlando as a probable landing spot, is another tough hurdle to overcome if the Canes want to snap their six-year losing streak against the ‘Noles.

Recruiting

Andrea Adelson, a ACC football writer for ESPN, points out that with one conference heavily in favor of satellite camps (Big 10) and one at the other end of the spectrum staunchly opposed (SEC), the Atlantic Coast Conference has found a middle ground of apathy.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora announced at spring meetings they would not go to satellite camps, and they held true to their word. After considering them, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Miami coach Mark Richt ended up staying home, too.

Those decisions ended up being no brainers. Duke is highly selective about the players it recruits and also is in a terrific state for recruiting; Florida State, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina are also in fertile recruiting states. It hardly makes sense for them to start spending money to recruit when they have a large pool of talent just steps away from their campuses.

For them, the best camps are their own.

NFL

With NFL Network finishing its unveiling of the top 100 players ahead of the 2016 season, both Florida State representatives, along with the rest of the players in the countdown, were labelled with mind-blowing statistics from their play.

83. Telvin Smith - LB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Telvin Smith is a tackling machine. Last year, in his second season, Smith tallied 128 tackles to tie him for sixth most in the NFL. That brought his career total to 227 tackles, which are the most in Jaguars history over a player's first two seasons.

50. Devonta Freeman - RB, Atlanta Falcons

In just his second NFL season, Devonta Freeman had a breakout year in 2015. His 11 rushing touchdowns were tied for the most in the NFL, and he didn't even start the first two games of the season! But once he took over, his impact was significant.

Freeman became the only player since the 1970 merger to rush for at least three touchdowns in each of his first two career starts. He then became the eighth player since 1960, and first Falcon, to score seven rushing TDs in the first four weeks of a season.

Other Sports

Florida State baseball’s Taylor Walls and Cole Sands are making their mark as part of the US Collegiate National Team this summer. On Wednesday, Sands was the winning pitcher and Walls proved to be the difference with a pair of RBI in a 3-2 win over Chinese Taipei.

FSU diver Katrina Young is poised and prepared for her Olympic debut in Rio in just under a month, as reported by Jordan Culver of the Tallahassee Democrat.