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Florida State football, recruiting news: FSU releases 2018 spring roster

New faces, new numbers, high expectations.

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There is less than a week until spring practice begins and the 2018 roster was released yesterday. posted five takeaways from the roster here, and our David Visser went through the most dramatic weight gains/losses.

Notably, James Blackman changed his number from 1 to 13, Cam Akers went from 3 to 23, and Nyqwan Murray swapped out 8 for 11. The early enrollees all received their jersey numbers as well: Jaiden Woodbey will wear No. 20, Amari Gainer will wear No. 33, and Christian Amstrong will wear No. 77.

Pro Football Focus spotlighted Derwin James catch rate allowed in 2018 — the lowest of any NFL Draft bound safety. GMs will be sure to look at this statistic, among other gaudy numbers James posted during his time at FSU and at the combine, as they assess the projected first round pick.

Cam Akers may be wearing a new jersey number this season, but he is still one of the most elusive running backs in the ACC. Along with Jacques Patrick, Akers is one of the top five most difficult running backs to take down.


SB Nation posted an article highlighting the 10 best 2020 recruits in the South, and Florida State fans should take note of a few players on the list. Included in the list are Buford (Ga.) quarterback Aaron McGlaughlin, Berrien Co (Ga.) WR/DB Ja’Marquis Johnson, both with offers from FSU, and on the radar is St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) wide receiver Marcus Rosemy.


Former FSU safety Terrence Brooks will re-sign with the New York Jets, Adam Schefter reports. Brooks won a national championship as a Seminole before declaring for the Draft in 2014 and has played for the Ravens and Eagles before signing a deal with the Jets this past season.

Another ’Nole is re-signing with his team. Nigel Bradham returns to the reigning Super Bowl champions on a five-year deal.

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The FSU baseball team will return home this weekend to host Notre Dame and look to get back on track following a three-game skid. Take a look at the St. Patricks Day themed hats the team will be rocking on Saturday’s game against the Fighting Irish.