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Florida state football, recruiting news: Blackman is taking a leadership role

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Plus, who will replace Brian Burns?

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CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 11: James Blackman #1 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Baseball:

FSU will face LSU in the Super Regional.

The season isn’t over yet but that doesn’t stop the Major League Baseball draft. Drew Mendoza did not hear his name called last night unfortunately, but should hear it early tonight as the draft continues. Other Seminoles could also hear their names called.

The NCAA is also also releasing information this morning:

Football:

Will extra time in the weight room help quarterback James Blackman tack on some much needed mass? It’s hard to say, but Blackman has definitely been growing as a leader:

One eye-opening example of Blackman’s progress, to Taggart, came after the spring. FSU’s “Leadership Council” of players with the coach to tell him things they needed or wanted in order to be successful. After hearing a list of wants, Blackman intervened and asked “what are we going to give coach?”

Former four-star recruit Dennis Briggs might be one of the players coaches look to this season in trying to fill the enormous shoes of departed star Brian Burns, who was a first-round pick back in April’s draft. Is Briggs up to the challenge?

Head coach Willie Taggart is fighting back against the narrative of FSU’s easier schedule this year.

Don’t miss Bill Connelly’s preview of the Clemson Tigers. While Clemson lost a ton of talent on defense from last year, they’ve recruited extremely well and their offense with Trevor Lawrence is terrifying.

Recruiting:

Paul Rubelt, a 6’9 286 lb offensive lineman recruit from Germany is claiming a scholarship offer from FSU. Former FSU standout Bjoern Werner reacted to the news on Twitter.

Werner helped found an organization that looks to help kids follow in his footsteps by placing international football players in American schools. FSU has already offered two other German-born players this cycle.

FSU made the cut into the top ten for Louisiana three-star speedster Corey Wren.

Other Sports:

Sophomore sprinter Ka’Tia Seymour and coach Bob Braman collected some elite awards:

US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association honors Friday, when they were named South Region Women’s Track Performer and Women’s Coach of the Year, respectively.

The ’Noles enter tomorrow’s NCAA Championships as the No. 3 ranked team.

Alumni:

All-world cornerback and FSU alum Jalen Ramsey is now repping a new brand:

Former FSU basketball great Jonathan Isaac stopped by to support fellow goat Terance Mann and his NBA workout.

Our top 100 players countdown continues with the magical leg of Graham Gano.