Tallahassee - The National Champion Florida State football team reloaded on Wednesday during 2014 National Signing Day, inking 22 blue chip high school seniors and one junior college All-American for next fall. The 23 signees along with five Seminole early enrollees brings Florida State’s 2014 class to 28 student-athletes.
The 2014 FSU Class features 13 ESPN Top 300 prospects, three consensus five-star recruits in the 247Sports composite rankings, 13 four-star players and 11 three-star ‘Noles.
ESPN ranks Florida State’s class the third-best in the nation, giving the Seminoles a Top 3 class for the third time in four years and an ESPN Top 10 class the past five years – all under head coach Jimbo Fisher.
All 28 signees are at least six-feet tall, and the class has 15 players listed at 6-4 or above, making it one of the tallest classes in Florida State history.
2014 FLORIDA STATE FOOTBALL SIGNING DAY ROSTER
Name Ht Wt Pos Hometown (HS/Previous School)
Kareem Are 6-6 350 OL Floral Park, N.Y. (Fort Scott C.C.)
Dalvin Cook 6-0 205 RB Miami, Fla. (Miami Central)
Kain Daub 6-3 240 LB Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood)
Stephen Gabbard 6-3 215 LS Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)
Trey Marshall 6-0 196 DB Lake City, Fla. (Columbia)
Name Ht Wt Pos Hometown (HS/Previous School)
Demarcus Christmas 6-3 300 DT Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee)
J.J. Cosentino 6-4 225 QB New Kensington, Pa. (Central Cathollic)
Alec Eberle 6-5 285 OL Mechanicsville, Va. (Atlee)
Lorenzo Featherston 6-7 225 DE Greensboro, N.C. (Page)
Ja'Von Harrison 6-2 190 WR Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen)
Ryan Izzo 6-6 235 TE Highland Lakes, N.J. (Pope John XXIII)
Malique Jackson 6-1 180 DB Jesup, Ga. (Wayne County)
Roderick Johnson 6-7 330 OL Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)
Fredrick Jones 6-2 290 DT Miami, Fla. (Miami Central)
Derrick Kelly 6-5 290 OL Gretna, Fla. (East Gadsden)
Ermon Lane 6-3 200 WR Homestead, Fla. (Homestead)
Rick Leonard 6-7 260 DE Middletown, Md. (Middletown)
Corey Martinez 6-5 300 OL Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Catholic)
Chad Mavety 6-5 315 OL Sparta, N.J. (Nassau Community College [NY])
Derrick Nnadi 6-2 300 DT Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)
Jacob Pugh 6-4 235 LB Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)
Delvin Purifoy 6-2 240 LB Cantonment, Fla. (Pensacola Catholic)
Travis Rudolph 6-2 190 WR West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)
Brock Ruble 6-8 320 OL Hyattsville, Md. (Dematha Catholic)
Mavin Saunders 6-6 240 TE Bimini, Bahamas (Kinkaid [Texas])
Adam Torres 6-4 280 DT Sanford, Fla. (Lake Mary)
Johnathan Vickers 6-1 220 RB Tallahassee, Fla. (North Florida Christian)
Arthur Williams 6-5 300 DT Fayetteville, N.C. (E.E. Smith)
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher National Signing Day Press Conference Quotes
“I am very excited about our class – like every other coach in America says. I do, I really like this class. I think this is one of the more complete classes that we were able to sign since I’ve been here. We’ve had large numbers this year, got needs all the way across the board and filled it with great players and everyone position across the board we had somebody in. We were excited about that. We had the five guys that were early entries that I think can make huge impacts in spring football and get a jump on things and this freshmen group coming in for the summer we’re excited about. We had needs at receiver, we had needs at offensive line and defensive line, defensive end, linebacker – not a large number of DB’s (defensive backs) but the guys we got, we didn’t need large numbers but the guys we got were big time players. (The) running back situation, we’ve got a great quarterback (J.J. Cosentino) in the class and even a great longsnapper (Stephen Gabbard). He’s one of the best longsnappers I’ve seen. I think all those needs were met with great players and a lot of depth. I’m anxious to see how these guys come in and contribute. There will be opportunity for quite a few of them. I’m excited about this class. I expect all of them are qualified, I think academically we’re in good shape and hopefully that will continue.”
On the recruits signed that are from the Northeast:
“I think they definitely are (better players). You’ve got large bodies. You’ve got to remember that we have a lot of games that go up that way. The one thing about the ACC you got from the top of the east coast all the way to the bottom, so it expands our recruiting, just like how people up there love to come to Florida to get players, it also expands our horizons in recruiting to get large-bodied guys up there. From that standpoint we’re going to find the best players. We’re going to work Florida and Georgia first and then we have other areas which we have to go to.”
On what is so attractive about Western Pennsylvanian quarterbacks:
“If he’s (J.J. Cosentino) in the same class as those guys, I’m going to be a happy guy. I think football is important and it has been for years there. You always have a large number of athletes and great tradition of football and they keep developing. It’s like anything, once you get good somewhere, there’s always a history of it and it takes pride to develop those guys.”
On the offensive line in this class:
“It’s one of (the biggest in school history). We’ve got guys on the edges and in the middle that can snap the football. From that standpoint, (it’s) a great group (and) guys are getting bigger and faster and more big kids playing football now. I think the numbers of players are going up and a lot of those guys when they were young were basketball guys that just keep growing.”
On developing the holes after the senior offensive linemen graduate:
“If you get those guys playing well, there will be a lot of playing time for these guys. That’s why I think it’s critical that we got two junior college guys. You’ve got the number one guard and number one tackle from junior college football so when they have to fill in, they’ve been in games and have maturity and they can be in a couple spots also. I thought getting those guys was very critical.”
On how important their personality is when on a visit:
“(It’s) critical. I think it’s critical for them to see our players and how they fit in and our players, to these guys to how they fit into our group. I think that is one of the most un-talked about things. We talk about talent, size and speed but the chemistry and the cohesiveness of people being able to get along, as I say – work together, play together, all those kinds of things. I think that’s extremely critical so you know what you have to work and develop.”
On signing Derrick Kelly:
“He’s a guy we loved. Here’s the thing that was scary about football today, the guys that develop late in their senior year, a lot of times you already have your offers and opportunities filled out because of how recruiting goes now. I’m going to tell you there’s a guy that will have a chance to play in the NFL, I think he has a tremendous future. We just couldn’t fit in early just because we had commitments out there and until we had a spot come open – I’m not going to yank a scholarship from a guy based on a need somewhere and we talked about that and when it became available then, we jumped on a communication process with him and we’re very blessed to have him. I think he’s got a great future ahead of him – he’s big, athletic, can bend. He played a lot of positions and I think he’s got a great future ahead of him.”
On RB Jonathan Vickers:
“Jonathan Vickers does everything. He has size, he has tremendous ball skills, he can block, he can run with speed, he can run with power (and) he can make you miss. He’s just an overall athlete. Is he the fastest guy in the world? Not that, but he’s fast enough and he’s very athletic – great balance and body control. I think he’s a complete football player and I think he’ll have a great career. There’s a lot of things you can do with Jonathan Vickers.”
On the importance of signing three local players:
“Yeah, because they’re the best players. It’s a great thing. I’d love for all of them to be here, it makes it easier on recruiting. Those are the caliber of guys you want but they have to have certain ability. Those guys definitely fit the caliber of guys we’ve been recruiting.
On the three wide receivers Ja’Von Harrison, Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph:
“He’s got tons of juice (Harrison). He can acclerate, make you miss, he’s a punt return guy, played defense, blocks very well, very physical, great length (and) size. I think Ja’Von has a great future ahead of him. Then, I think Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph are big time players also. I think Ja’Von is right there in that same caliber of player as they are. When you get three of them, you’ll be able to spread the field – inside guys, outside guys, these guys are all big-bodied guys that are outside guys that have the capabilities and body quickness to go inside, which is very rare and they all play defense.”
Complete Signing Day Bios
OL, 6-6, 335
Floral Park, N.Y./Sewanhaka (N.Y.)/Fort Scott CC
Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...will have two years of eligibility...versatile offensive lineman who played guard at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan. but could play tackle or center...ranked the nation's No. 1 JUCO offensive guard, and 36th overall JUCO player, by 247Sports...rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout, Rivals, and ESPN...ranked No. 45 on the ESPN JC50 and No. 46 by Rivals...named First Team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and First Team All-Region 6 as a freshman and a sophomore at Fort Scott...PrepStar Magazine JUCO All-American...selected to play in New York Upstate/Downstate Game and the Long Island Empire Challenge Game after graduating from Sewanhaka High School in 2011...chose FSU over Ole Miss, South Carolina and Penn State.
DB, 5-11, 196 lbs
Miami, Fla./Miami Central
Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...holds five-star rankings from both Rivals and 247Sports and a four-star mark by ESPN...rated the No. 1 prospect in Florida, the No. 2 running back in the nation and the overall No. 13 prospect by 247Sports...member of PrepStar also ranked in the national Top 25 by Rivals (No. 18) and ESPN (No. 21)...named 2013 Mr. Florida Football by Florida Dairy Farmers Association...rushed for Miami-Dade County-best 1,940 yards and 24 touchdowns on 177 carries (11.0 yards per rush) and intercepted three passes on defense in 2013...led Miami Central to the Class 6A state championship by rushing for 223 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-7 win over Seffner Armwood...finished his prep career rushing for 4,267 yards and 64 touchdowns, while leading Miami Central to a 52-5 record...rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in 2014 Under Armour All-America Game... USA Today All-USA Football Team...247Sports Second Team All-American...two-time All-State Class 6A First Team...invited to "The Opening", an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus...attended same high school as 2013 All-ACC First Team running back Devonta Freeman, who declared for the NFL Draft following the 2013 season after leading the Seminoles in rushing...selected Florida State over Florida, Texas, Arkansas and Miami.
LS, 6-3, 220
Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...consensus two-star recruit...ranked the third-best long snapper in the nation by ESPN...rated a five-star long snapper and the nation's fourth best by Kohls Kicking, which specializes in special teams recruiting...won a 5A state championship in 2012 and helped lead Godby to a 10-2 record and a playoff appearance in 2013... PrepStar Magazine All-Southeast Region...father Steve started at defensive tackle for four years at Florida State from 1985-88 before playing in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers.
DB, 6-0, 196
Lake City, Fla./Columbia
Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...consensus four-star defensive back recruit...rated the nation's sixth-best safety by 247Sports and the country's 14th-best by Rivals...ranked the 48th-best safety in the nation by ESPN...named a second-team All-American by 247Sports...named First-Team All-State as a junior...missed part of his senior season with an injury but rebounded to lead Columbia to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the 6A regional semifinals...ranked as one of the 50 best players in Florida heading into the season by the Orlando Sentinel...ran a 4.34 40 at Nike's The Opening in summer...selected to play in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. in January...PrepStar Magazine All-Southeast Region...selected FSU over offers from Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and Ole Miss.
LB, 6-4, 243
Enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice...consensus four-star recruit out of Sandalwood High in Jacksonville...rated the third-best inside linebacker and sixth-best player in Florida in ESPN300 (No. 32 player overall)...the ninth-best inside linebacker (No. 142 player overall) by Rivals and the No. 6 inside linebacker by 247Sports (No. 144 overall)...a five-star recruit and the nation's No. 4 middle linebacker recruit by Scout...PrepStar Magazine's No. 4 linebacker and No. 59 overall player...played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game, racking up two tackles...named a 247Sports Second-Team All-American...led Sandalwood to the 8A regional quarterfinals and captured honorable mention All-First Coast honors in 2013, totaling 42 tackles and three sacks...totaled 74 tackles, seven sacks and five forced fumbles as a junior and 108 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles as a sophomore...First Team Class 8A All-State in 2012...invited to The Opening, a skills camp held at the Nike campus in Oregon...also played basketball in high school...chose Florida State over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida, among others.
QB, 6-4, 225
New Kensington, Pa./Central Catholic
Consensus four-star prospect...rated the 15th-best pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 8 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals...the No. 16 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports and No. 6 player in his state...member of the ESPN300 (No. 240)...ranked the 11th-best pocket passer in the nation by ESPN and No. 3 player in Pennsylvania...rated the nation's No. 11 quarterback by Scout...ranked the 17th-best quarterback (No. 218 overall) by PrepStar Magazine...in 2013, led Central Catholic to a 15-1 record, including the WPIAL championship...led Central Catholic to runner-up at the PIAA Class AAAA final...one of two quarterbacks named to Pennsylvania Big 33 team...passed for 771 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 256 yards and 13 scores during his senior season...passed for 552 yards and rushed for 10 touchdowns as a junior, taking over the starting job in Week 3...named MaxPreps preseason Mr. Football for Pennsylvania before senior season...participated in the Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Carson, Calif. in January...threw for 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, in the Semper Fi game...attended the same high school as former NFL stars Dan Marino and Marc Bulger, and current FSU assistant coach Sal Sunseri...chose FSU over Penn State and USF.
DT, 6-3, 300
Consensus four-star defensive tackle prospect...ranked the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 15 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 101 overall)...rated No. 16 defensive tackle and No. 27 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 212 overall)...ranked No. 17 defensive tackle and No. 37 player in Florida by ESPN (No. 212 overall)...Scout's eighth-ranked defensive tackle recruit...No. 15 in FlaVarsity100 preseason rankings...led Manatee to an 11-1 record and the Class 8A-Region 2 semifinals in 2013...collected Class 8A All-State First Team, All-Southwest Florida First Team and Bradenton Herald All-Area First Team accolades as a senior...American Family Insurance All-USA Second Team...tallied 39 tackles, including 33 solo stops, 20 quarterback hurries, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble in final prep season...chose Florida State over Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Miami.
C, 6-5, 285
Versatile two-way player in high school who was recruited to play center, but can play any position on the offensive line...selected for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game...received a four-star rating by Rivals and a three-star grade from ESPN, 247Sports and Scout...ranked nation's No. 4 center and No. 7 player in Virginia by Rivals (No. 235 player overall)...No. 6 center by 247Sports and No. 8 center by ESPN...captured All-State 5A First Team honors on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2013...all-conference and all-south region honoree... PrepStar Magazine All-Atlantic Region...helped lead Atlee to an 11-2 record and the Virginia State playoffs in 2013...chose FSU over Connecticut, Maryland, and Temple.
DE, 6-7, 225
The No. 1-ranked recruit out of North Carolina according to ESPN, which called him a "human condor in football pads"...rated a four star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout...tabbed by ESPN as the nation's No. 33 overall player and the fifth-best defensive end...ranked the No. 6 weakside defensive end and No. 4 player in North Carolina by 247Sports (No. 125 player overall)...rated the No. 20 weakside defensive end and No. 14 player in North Carolina by Rivals...PrepStar Magazine's No. 14 defensive end and No. 127 overall prospect...selected to the Under Armour All-American Game, but had to sit out due to injury...missed most of his senior season due to injury, but registered 58 tackles and 15 tackles for loss during his junior season at Page...named to the Preseason All-State Class 4A team by NCPreps.com...chose Florida State over Clemson and Florida, amongst others.
WR, 6-2, 190
Consensus four-star recruit who starred at Kathleen High School on offense, defense and special teams...rated the nation's No. 13 athlete and the No. 22 player in Florida by ESPN (No. 117 overall)...rated the No. 20 athlete and No. 32 player in Florida by 247Sports...No. 42 wide receiver and No. 47 Florida prospect by Rivals...No. 45 wide receiver by Scout...selected for Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Game...led Kathleen to a 9-2 record and the Class 7A regional finals in 2013...tallied 43 receptions for 678 yards and nine receiving touchdowns as a senior...had a receiving touchdown, rushing touchdown and two punt-return scores in Class 7A regional quarterfinals victory...captured Class 7A All-State First Team honors as a senior and Class 6A Third Team accolades as a junior...totaled 28 receptions, 637 yards and five scores as a junior...ranked No. 9 on Bright House Sports Network's Tampa Bay area Top 30 Football Players entering fall...attended Nike's "The Opening" in Beaverton, Ore....also plays basketball for the Red Devils...picked Florida State over Virginia Tech.
TE, 6-6, 235
Highland Lakes, N.J./Pope John XXIII
A four-star prospect and ranked the nation's ninth-best tight end by 247Sports...rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and Scout...ranked nation's No. 18 tight end and No. 18 player in New Jersey by ESPN...No. 12 player in New Jersey by 247Sports...No. 25 tight end and No. 13 player in New Jersey by Rivals...No. 27 tight end by Scout...ranked No. 16 on Star Ledger 50, a list of the top recruits in New Jersey, heading into the fall...helped Pope John finish with a 10-2 record and an appearance in the sectional championship game as a senior, tallying 766 receiving yards and seven touchdowns...captured All-West Jersey First Team, All-Non-Public Second Team and All-State Third Team honors in 2013...All-Area First Team honors as a junior...combined statistics for final two prep seasons include 63 catches, 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns...also plays basketball for Pope John and nabbed All-West Jersey Second Team honors in 2012-13...can split out as wide receiver...chose Florida State over Wisconsin, Rutgers and Boston College.
DB, 6-1, 180
Jesup, Ga./Wayne County
Underrated consensus three-star recruit who starred at quarterback and on defense at Wayne County High School...ranked the nation's No. 25 athlete and No. 32 player in Georgia by Rivals...tabbed the No. 34 athlete and No. 32 player in the Peach State by 247Sports...ESPN's No. 98 athlete and No. 89 player in Georgia...led Wayne County to a 12-3 record and the Georgia AAAA state semifinals as a senior...nabbed Class AAAA All-State honorable mention honors in 2013...passed for a school-record 371 yards and six touchdowns in first round of playoffs...threw for over 1,500 yards and ran for over 900 yards, while scoring nine touchdowns as a junior...also played on the varsity golf team...cousin is FSU's All-ACC right guard Tre' Jackson, who also attended Wayne County...chose Florida State over Cincinnati, NC State and Missouri.
OL, 6-7, 330
Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central
Consensus four-star recruit and the No. 1 prospect in Missouri and No. 7 offensive tackle by Scout (No. 86 overall)...ranked No. 12 offensive tackle and No. 2 player in Missouri by 247Sports (No. 123 overall), No. 14 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Missouri by ESPN (No. 158 overall)...No. 21 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Missouri by Rivals (No. 220 overall)...ranked No. 1 in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Super 30...captured Missouri Class 6A All-State First Team honors...two-time First Team All-Metro selection...helped lead Hazelwood Central to a 12-1 record and the Suburban North Conference championship as a senior and advanced to the Missouri 6A state semifinals...the Hawks racked up 5,186 total yards of offense in 2013 (3,088 rushing, 2,098 passing)... STL Football U Junior National Elite award winner...participated in track and field in high school...chose FSU over offers from Ohio State and Alabama.
DT, 6-2, 285
Miami, Fla./Miami Central
Under-the-radar defensive tackle recruit whose father and uncle starred on the gridiron for the Seminoles...rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, and a two-star recruit by Rivals...ranked the nation's No. 81 defensive tackle by both 247Sports and Scout... helped lead Miami Central to a 13-1 record and the Class 6A state championship his senior year...had a sack in the state title game, a 52-7 victory over Seffner Armwood...captured class 6A All-State Third Team as a senior...nabbed First Team All-State honors from FloridaHSFootball.com... All-Dade County Third Team as a junior at Monsignor Pace, where he also starred in track and field, winning the Class 2A state title in the shot put in 2012 and 2013... ranked No. 1 in state with season-best shot put mark of 61-7.50...committed to Seminoles at Jimbo Fisher Camp last summer...father is Fred Jones, who played linebacker at Florida State from 1983-86...uncle is all-time Florida State great linebacker Marvin Jones, who nabbed consensus All-America honors in 1991-1992 and was elected to the FSU Hall of Fame in 2000...prep teammate of fellow Class of 2014 signee Dalvin Cook at Central.
OL, 6-5, 290
Havana, Fla./East Gadsden
Four-star offensive tackle recruit by 247Sports...ranked the No. 25 offensive tackle and the No. 31 prospect in Florida by 247Sports...rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout...shot up recruiting boards during his senior year at nearby East Gadsden High in Havana, Fla....collected Class 4A All-State First Team honors as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior...originally committed to Kentucky...chose Florida State over offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, and UCLA, among other.
WR, 6-3, 200
Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior
A five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and ranked among the top five wide receivers in the nation by nearly every recruiting service...Four-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked nation's No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 4 player in Florida by ESPN (No. 22 overall)...Rated the No. 4 wide receiver and No. 4 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 33 overall)...Ranked No. 5 wide receiver and No. 5 player in Florida (No. 28 overall)...rated nation's third-best receiver by Scout...PrepStar Magazine's No. 1 wide receiver and No. 20 overall player in the country...had four catches for 35 yards and one kickoff return for 24 yards at the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game...caught 31 balls for 605 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and collected Miami Herald First-Team All-Dade and Class 6A All-State Third Team honors... named a Second-Team All-American by 247Sports as a senior...garnered Class 6A All-State First Team accolades as a junior after tallying 30 receptions for 801 yards and eight touchdowns...had 22 receptions for 679 yards and seven touchdowns...participated in Nike's "The Opening" in Beaverton, Ore., where he ran a 4.52 40 and 4.23 shuttle during SPARQ testing...chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Miami (Fla.), among others.
DE, 6-7, 260
Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN...rated the nation's 15th-best strongside defensive end and the No. 6 player in Maryland by Rivals...ranked the No. 21 strongside defensive end and No. 15 player in Maryland by 247Sports...tabbed No. 37 defensive end and No. 8 player in Maryland by ESPN...Scout's No. 31 defensive end...committed to the Seminoles at the Jimbo Fisher Camp last summer...led Middletown to a third straight Class 2A state championship as a senior, capturing the state's Defensive Player of the Year award by the Maryland sportswriters and consensus All-State First Team honors...totaled 30 solo tackles, 14 sacks and 24 tackles-for-loss in 2013...had 67 tackles, 12 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2012 - his first season of varsity football...also played lacrosse in high school...played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla. following his senior season....father and grandmother attended Florida State...chose Florida State over Clemson and Maryland.
OL, 6-5, 300
Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and Scout, and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...committed to Seminoles at Nike's "The Opening" in Beaverton, Ore., in July 2013...played tackle in high school, but projects as a guard at the collegiate level...ranked the nation's No. 11 guard and No. 30 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 198 overall)...rated No. 13 guard and No. 33 player in state by ESPN (No. 191 overall)...ranked No. 27 guard in nation and No. 68 player in Florida by 247Sports...competed in Semper Fidelis All-Star Game in Fullerton, Calif. in January... PrepStar Magazine Top 300 All-American...helped lead Tampa Catholic to a 10-3 record and the Class 3A state semifinals in 2013...Florida Class 3A All-State First Team honoree as a junior and senior...captured Tampa Bay Times First Team and All-SunCoast Second Team honors as a senior...Tampa Bay Times' No. 6-ranked recruit for 2014...four-year starter at Tampa Catholic...Chose Florida State over Alabama, Georgia and Boston College.
OL, 6-5, 315
Sparta, N.J./Nassau (N.Y.) CC
Consensus four-star and Top 10 national junior college prospect from Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y....rated the nation's No. 2 junior college offensive line prospect by Rivals (No. 5 JUCO player overall), 247Sports (No. 4 overall) and ESPN (No. 7 overall)...helped lead Nassau to a 9-2 record in 2013...named a NJCAA All-America First Team in 2013...captured Northeast Football All-Conference First Team honors in 2013 and Third Team accolades in 2012...PrepStar Magazine JUCO All-American...led Sparta High School to the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs in 2011...captured All-Herald First Team honors on both offense and defense in 2011....selected for New Jersey's North-South All-Star Football Classic following senior season...chose FSU over Ohio State and Alabama.
DT, 6-2, 300
Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes
Consensus four-star defensive tackle recruit...ranked the nation's fourth-best defensive tackle recruit and the No. 4 prospect in Virginia by Rivals (No. 81 player overall)... ranked No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports (No. 80 overall)...tabbed No. 21 defensive tackle and No. 6 player in Virginia by ESPN (No. 253 overall)...Scout's third-best defensive tackle...played in the Chesapeake Bowl, a Virginia all-star game, and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...listed as the Virginia-Pilot's No. 4 prospect...led Ocean Lakes to a 12-1 record and the Group 6A South Region semifinals as a senior, piling up 71 tackles and 20 sacks... anchored a Dolphins' defense that held eight opponents to a touchdown or less...Beach District co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013...totaled 167 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 13 sacks while leading Ocean Lakes to its first state championship game appearance as a junior in 2012, grabbing First Team All-Beach District and All-Eastern Region honors...First Team All-Tidewater selection as a junior and a senior...chose Florida State over Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Virginia and Penn State.
LB, 6-2, 240
Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic
Consensus four-star and national Top 10 linebacker recruit from nearby Pensacola Catholic High School...rated the nation's No. 5 inside linebacker prospect and No. 19 Florida prospect by 247Sports (No. 131 overall player)...No. 8 inside linebacker and No. 20 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 128 overall)...tabbed the sixth-best outside linebacker and No. 20 player in Florida by ESPN (No. 114 overall)...Scout's No. 19 middle linebacker prospect...PrepStar Magazine's No. 138 player overall and No. 14 linebacker...Captured Class 5A All-State First Team honors and was named the Pensacola News Journal Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...snagged MaxPreps.com Medium School First Team All-America accolades...led Pensacola Catholic to a 10-0 regular season record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A...Crusaders advanced to second straight regional final and finished 12-1...tallied 102 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior...named to High School Butkus Award Watch List...totaled 116 tackles and two sacks en route to Class 3A All-State First Team and New Journal First Team honors as a junior...cousin is former Florida defensive back Louicheiz Purifoy...committed to Florida State in January 2013...selected Seminoles over Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
OLB, 6-4, 235
Highly-touted, consensus four-star local product out of Godby High School in Tallahassee...tabbed the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 7 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 39 player overall)...ranked the No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 18 Florida prospect by ESPN (No. 110 overall)...rated No. 7 outside linebacker nad No. 16 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 105 overall)...Scout's No. 6 outside linebacker recruit...selected as No. 4 player in state in the Orlando Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100... PrepMagazine's No. 158 overall player and No. 17 linebacker...Class 5A All-State First Team as a junior and a senior...selected for 2014 Under Armour All-American Game...tallied 64 tackles, 12 TFLs, nine sacks, 12 hurries, four PBUs, three forced fumbles despite facing double and triple teams en route to earning All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year in 2013...led Godby to the Class 5A state championship in 2012, recording two sacks in final...transferred to Godby prior to his junior year from Jefferson County...led Jefferson County to the 1A state championship as a sophomore and nabbed all-state honorable mention accolades in 2011.
WR, 6-2, 190
West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman
Ranked the nation's No. 1 wide receiver prospect by Rivals...Five-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports and a four-star prospect by ESPN...rated top player in Florida (No. 11 player overall) by Rivals...ranked the nation's second-best wide receiver and the No. 2 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 23 overall)...rated sixth-best wide receiver in the nation and No. 9 Florida prospect by ESPN (No. 40 overall)...played in the Under Armour All-American Game with the nation's best talent...had a game-high 48 yards on four catches, including an 11-yard touchdown...MaxPreps Second Team All-American...PrepStar Magazine's No. 11 wide receiver and No. 76 overall prospect... No. 2 recruit in Palm Beach area on PBGametime's Class of 2014 Big Board...Palm Beach Post Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year and Sun Sentinel Class 5A-4A-3A-2A Player of the Year...American Family Insurance All-USA Florida First Team... Class 3A All-State First Team in 2013 and 2011...Class 3A All-State Second Team in 2012...caught 63 passes for school records of 1,237 yards and 15 touchdown receptions in 2013...added four interceptions on defense...led Cardinal Newman to an 8-4 record, the regional finals and first district title since 2004...named the Lou Groza Awards High School Player of the Year...had 833 total yards of offense and scored 17 total touchdowns as a junior despite missing three games with an injury...tallied 40 receptions for 625 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a sophomore...scored 15 touchdowns as a freshman...also competed in track and field...coached at Cardinal Newman by Steve Walsh, former star quarterback at University of Miami and NFL veteran...chose FSU over Alabama, Auburn, Miami and Ohio State.
OL, 6-8, 320
La Plata, Md./DeMatha Catholic
Consensus three-star recruit...ranked the No. 9 player in Maryland and the nation's No. 35 offensive tackle prospect by 247Sports...No. 43 tackle and No. 14 player in Maryland by Rivals...No. 51 tackle and No. 17 recruit in Maryland by ESPN...PrepStar Magazine All-Atlantic Region...helped lead DeMatha Catholic to an 11-1 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship in 2013 for the school's first title since 2008...DeMatha's offense averaged 31 points per game...captured consensus Maryland all-state first team and All-Gazette First Team accolades in 2013...also played basketball and baseball in high school...chose FSU over offers from NC State and Maryland.
TE, 6-6, 240
Bimini, Bahamas/The Kinkaid School (Texas)
Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, and a three-start recruit by Rivals...ranked the No. 3 tight end in the country and No. 23 player in Texas (No. 187 player overall) by 247Sports...rated the No. 7 tight end and No. 45 player in Texas by ESPN...ranked the No. 14 tight end and No. 32 player in Texas by Rivals...Scout's No. 9 tight end prospect...PrepStar Magazine All-Midlands Region... came to the United States from Bimini, Bahamas, and first played football his junior season of high school...helped lead Kincaid to an 11-0 record and the Southwest Preparatory Conference title by totaling 35 receptions for 468 yards and eight touchdowns...had 40 catches for 590 yards and six touchdowns as a junior to lead the Falcons to an 8-3 mark and the SPC large-school title game...also starred in basketball for Kincaid where he held averages of 16.5 points and 8.6 rebounds following his junior season...received college basketball offers from Connecticut and Oklahoma, among others...chose Florida State over football offers from Arkansas, Houston and Michigan State.
DT, 6-4, 280
Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary
Consensus three-star recruit who is very athletic for his size...ranked No. 33 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and the 75th-best player in Florida by Rivals...rated the No. 47 defensive tackle and No. 98 player in Florida by 247Sports...Scout's No. 35 defensive tackle and ESPN's No. 73 interior defender...entered fall ranked No. 3 in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super60 and No. 47 in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100...accounted for 39 tackles, five tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior...led a Lake Mary defense that allowed only 109 rushing yards per game in 2013...Orlando Sentinel All-Area First Team....FACA District 9 First Team...selected for Central Florida All-Star Game...led Lake Mary to the Class 8A regional semifinals and an 11-1 record...2013 Preseason All-State Third Team selection by the Miami Herald...chose Florida State over Miami, Louisville and South Carolina.
RB, 6-1, 220
Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian
Consensus three-star, Top 50 running back and local product out of North Florida Christian in Tallahassee...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 40 running back in the nation by ESPN...No. 31 running back by both Rivals and Scout...ranked one of Florida's Top 100 players by Rivals (No. 57), 247Sports (No. 78) and ESPN (No. 70)...named North MVP at the 59th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game in December... PrepStar Magazine All-Southeast Region...ranked No. 47 in FlaVarsity150...2013 Class 2A All-State First Team...2013 All-Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year...rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns, while averaging 8.4 yards per carry as a senior...added 27 receptions for 329 yards and four scores, leading the Eagles to the state semifinals...rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries and threw for another score in his final high school game...missed junior season with an injury...helped NFC go 14-0 and win the 2011 Class 2A Florida high school football championship, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the title game...chose Florida State over Louisville, Alabama and Clemson.
DT, 6-5, 300
Fayetteville, N.C./E.E. Smith
Consensus three-star defensive tackle prospect out of Fayetteville, N.C….ranked the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 39 player in North Carolina according to Rivals…tabbed the No. 37 defensive tackle and the No. 16 player in North Carolina…Scout’s No. 43 defensive tackle…ranked No. 21 on Fayetteville Observer Top 50…totaled 105 tackles and interception en route to All-State First Team (all classifications), All-Mid South Conference and All-Cape Fear Region honors…piled up 84 tackles as a junior and led E.E. Smith High School to a conference championship…picked up MVP award at VTO Elite Combines in both North Carolina and Florida…chose Florida State over South Carolina, Miami and East Carolina.