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Recruiting

The Three Stars will have a podcast coming out later today, discussing all the recent goings on in Florida State Seminoles football recruiting, focusing on the struggles of the Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, LSU Tigers, and Miami (FL) Hurricanes and how it might affect #Tribe22—will link it in here once it goes live on the Everything Noles channel.

Florida State recently lost IMG Academy offensive line commit Aliou Bah to the Georgia Bulldogs, a move we’ve been predicting for months. To discuss this and everything else FSU recruiting related, jump into the latest official recruiting thread (Dustin Hopkins edition).

FSU offered St. Thomas Aquinas WR Camden Brown (a Pitt commit) Tuesday night (while we were recording said pod). Can the Noles flip him?

Late Tuesday evening, Marcus Woodson offered JUCO corner Keionte Scott:

The Seminoles also offered JUCO safety Marquise Gilbert Monday afternoon. Will the staff be able to get the talented prospect to visit? He’s already checked out the Colorado Buffaloes and has trips to investigate the Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers, as well.

Football

Mike Norvell was very pleased with his squad’s attitude and work Tuesday morning.

Norvell stressed competition at certain positions—here’s FSU’s most recent depth chart.

Tommy Mire attended Tuesday’s practice, and it sounded like a positive day overall, but specifically for the QBs.

UMASS head Coach Walt Bell recruited quarterback Sam Howell to FSU, before both bolted, with the latter ending up committing to Mack Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels. Howell’s having a great season, as pointed out by ESPN’s David Hale:

But he’s still 0-2 vs. the Seminoles in his short career.

And the Noles are favored by FIVE touchdowns vs. Bell’s Minutemen. Thoughts?

Kickoff time and channel for FSU vs. Clemson was announced.

UGA defensive end transfer Jermaine Johnson has been a monster for FSU, and he recently was named a mid-season All-American by CBS Sports, along with players from the Boston College Eagles, NC State Wolfpack, Pittsburgh Panthers, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Johnson’s getting some NFL Draft love, too:

The Triple Option had Brendan Sonnone from Noles 247 and Ingram Smith from The Nolecast on during FSU’s bye week.

Former walk-on Treshaun Ward is killing it in the Noles’ backfield—it’s always nice when hard work is rewarded:

Presented without comment:

Where do y’all stand on this?

Good times:

Basketball

Monday, Leonard Hamilton’s squad was ranked in the preseason top 25 by the Associated Press:

Tuesday morning, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its preseason rankings, and the Seminoles trailed only the Duke Blue Devils.

Pretty impressive, especially considering there wasn’t a Nole to be found on the first two teams (12 players)...

A Blue Devil frosh was selected for Player of the Year:

Can Duke finally live up to the hype in Coach K’s final season?

Coach Ham was on the ACC Network’s PACKER AND DURHAM show Tuesday morning, and he mentioned Wyatt Wilkes as a veteran who’s turning some heads in practice, but he knows the team will only go as far as the first-year players (freshmen and transfers) allow:

The Champions Classic is always a fun way to tip off the season. This year, it features the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Duke Blue Devils, and Kansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan State Spartans:

I don’t know about y’all, but I prefer the #NewBlood:

NFL Noles

Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings win over Carolina Panthers), Devonta Freeman (Baltimore Ravens win over Los Angeles Chargers), and Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals win over Detroit Lions) scored TDs this past weekend.

Tomahawk Nation’s Max Escarpio recapped the weekend for numerous Noles in the NFL:

Speaking of Cook, he announced he plans to go back to the No. 4 he wore at FSU when jumping on the All Things Covered pod with former Seminole and Pittsburgh Steelers star Bryant McFadden:

I’m sure it’ll be a top seller.

And speaking of “Chef Cook”:

Jacques Patrick is back with the San Francisco 49ers:

Bovada recently asked for the top college player who never went on to star in the NFL—I’d concur with Frank Gore and say Peter Warrick is a great choice—what say you?

Derwin James truly is one of a kind:

NBA Noles

Terance Mann recently celebrated a birthday:

He could be poised for a big season off the Los Angeles Clippers bench. Another Seminole standout who could be doing the same for his squad is Devin Vassell of the San Antonio Spurs:

Xavier Rathan-Mayes has landed in the NBL:

Baseball

TN’s Brett Nevitt had some in-depth analysis from FSU’s scrimmage vs. Jacksonville this past weekend:

We’re so blessed to have the best college baseball reporter in America on staff.

Meat & Co. continue to kill it on the recruiting trail:

Women’s Sports

Sue Semrau is back in charge for FSU’s women’s basketball team this season after taking time to care for her mom. Coach Sue has another solid squad:

If you want to see the Lady Noles before the season tips, you can do so for free, but you only have one opportunity:

FSU volleyball also has a schedule update:

And Mark Krikorian’s soccer program continues to slay:

This week saw some impressive individual performances on the links:

Miscellaneous

And finally—some Wednesday words of wisdom from FSU staffers and players: