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Written by Adam Tolliver | 03 January 2012

Highlights compiled by RajonRondoShow aka RFC from last Thursday's Champs Sports Bowl. Here we have a combination of overall game highlights, WR Rashad Greene (Champs Bowl MVP) and S Lamarcus Joyner. The two young players, true freshman and true sophomore respectively, played outstanding games that were worthy of their own highlight reels, so their plays were not included in the full highlight video. Greene hauled in 5 catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. Two of his receptions were miraculous catches on 3rd down in crucial moments of the ball game. Lamarcus Joyner notched 7 tackles, two pass breakups and an interception to go along with a 77 yard kick return. Check them out and enjoy!

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 03 January 2012

Football Season isn't quite over yet folks! Of course you know it is All-Star game season now and one very intriguing game is The Battle of Florida!

Legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Howard Schnellenberger are coaching opposing sides of this 1st annual North vs. South all-star collegiate game, which will be held at FAU’s new stadium on January 21, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL. The game will air at 8PM on Fox College Sports. To be eligible to play, players must be NFL draft eligible and have either been born in Florida or played high school or collegiate football in Florida. More information about the game, accepted players, events leading up to the game, and tickets are on sale now at www.TheBattleOfFlorida.com.

FSU's own Bert Reed has accepted an invite to play in the game, along with Jermaine Thomas, Ja'Barris Little and Terrance Parks will also represent FSU in the game. If this sounds like a game you'd be interested in witnessing live, we will be giving away two free tickets right here on the site! Stay tuned to find out how you can win!

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 29 December 2011

 

Just like that folks, it's the final game of the 2011 Seminole Football Season. There's no need to mention that this season was a large disappointment yet again (I just did) and the Champs Sports Bowl wasn't what the Noles had in mind at the start of the season, but it's accurate to say that this particular matchup is about as sexy as can be. The Fighting Irish and Seminoles have two historically relevant football programs fighting to regain prominence in modern day College Football and fanbases that stretch across the country. There's a bit of bad blood between the two, between present day recruiting wins and losses and games from the glory days, so tonight's game could be pretty interesting. Let's see how our guys are feeling about tonight.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 23 December 2011

Here's a video on FSU commit, Jameis Winston, done by Scout's Laura McKeeman. As you are all aware, Winston is the nation's #1 QB and has been committed to Florida State since early August. Enjoy the video!

<a href="http://www.bing.com/videos/browse?mkt=en-us&vid=cae2a2ad-21e5-ff0b-cfd0-2a2ca4a20dce&from=sharepermalink-twitter&src=v5:embed::" target='_new' title='Getting to Know 5-Star Jameis Winston'>Video: Getting to Know 5-Star Jameis Winston</a>

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Written by Derrell Warren | 22 December 2011

Now that we are in the "quiet" period, we'll catch up with a few commits and targets to get an idea of where they presently stand.

Alphonse Taylor OL 6-6 340 Davidson (AL) high school

As of the time of this writing, Taylor is still de-committed to FSU. However the big offensive lineman took a visit this past weekend to Tallahassee with family to reassess things and ultimately determine his next course of action. Some are split as to Taylor's actual reasons for de-committing but the general consensus is that he would play along the defensive line for Alabama while he was only being recruited as an offensive lineman for Florida State. However, it isn’t totally clear at this time whether the Crimson Tide would even have room for Taylor in their recruiting class. Alphonse is an early enrollee candidate so hopefully this saga finds a resolution soon

Kyle Long OL 6-7 290 Saddleback Community college (Mission Viejo, California)

Long committed to the University of Oregon over the weekend. This is a development that occurred approximately a week after going on an official visit to Eugene, Oregon with his parents. The JUCO lineman who plays for Saddleback (CA) community college is only eligible to play one year of college ball but is expected to file an appeal with the NCAA in hopes of being granted an additional year.

Menelik Watson OL 6-7 312 Saddleback Community college (Mission Viejo, California)

Watson is a JUCO target for the Seminoles whose recruitment has picked steadily over the past month. He has officially visited the University of Washington and traveled to Auburn for another official visit this past weekend where he named them his leader. It would probably be best advised to wait until after Watson’s official visit to Florida State to assess the Noles chances of landing the athletic lineman.

Mario Edwards Jr. DE 6-4 280 Denton (TX) Ryan high school

Edward took a recruiting trip to the University of Texas recently. And of course, the rumors surfaced again in regards to Edwards and the standing of his commitment to the Noles. From all accounts, Edwards Jr. enjoyed the trip and was indeed photographed flashing the "Hook em" horns sign. But I trust that this was all done simply in fun as Edwards was accompanying his high school teammate, good friend and Longhorn commit Alex De La Torre on his official visit. No real concern here.

PJ Williams DB 6-1 170 Vanguard high school; Ocala, Florida

After his official visit, there were murmurs coming out of South Florida that the Canes could possibly flip Williams, who was the first pledge of Florida State's 2012 recruiting class. Now PJ had been heavily recruited by the Canes since this past summer and was very interested in the Miami program (He was accompanied on his trip by family. Always a telltale sign of legitimate interest). However shortly after the trip PJ reaffirmed his commitment to FSU. Now most insiders probably won't agree, but this may be a situation worth revisiting just to be sure.

Eddie Goldman DT 6-4 310 Friendship Academy (Washington DC)

Florida State defensive line coach Odell Haggins had an in home visit last week with the nation's number one defensive tackle. And as always, Goldman's father Eddie Muhammad had nothing but glowing things to say about Haggins. However, Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban himself had an in-home visit with Goldman just two days later. The general feeling now is that Alabama has made up significant ground with the big interior lineman from Washington DC. This feeling actually goes back to the weekend of Goldman's official visit to the University of Miami. I would still say as of now that if there was indeed a "leader" for Goldman's services it would be Florida State. But make no mistake Alabama is definitely a significant player in this recruiting battle and will be so up until National Signing Day.

Evan Goodman OG 6-4 290 Lakeland (FL) high school

Now there have been a lot of things to like about FSU's pursuit of the Arizona State commit. Goodman has already taken an official visit to Florida State and will visit Tallahassee on his own dime in January. Add to that the period of uncertainty that surrounded the Sun Devil program after the firing of head coach Dennis Erickson and a relatively long search to find a suitable replacement. Now with that being said, Goodman is still committed to Arizona State, a new coach has been hired, and Goodman's twin brother Devin is currently a freshman on the Arizona State football team. All those factors lead me to believe Goodman may be a much harder pull than some Florida State fans are led to believe.

Tracy Howard CB 5-10 175 Miramar (FL) high school

Howard himself has been largely silent during the most recent stages of his recruitment as he has been focused on his high school team’s pursuit of the state championship. During his Miramar team’s championship game loss to Plant, Howard made an interception in the first quarter and ran back to the sideline doing the “Gator Chomp” signal. While much was made of this, the fact is Howard’s mother was accompanied in the stands by about six university of Florida coaches, including head coach Will Muschamp who was seated right next to Howard’s mother, Shaiy. After the game Howard expressed that he just acknowledging the coach’s presence with the gesture. More importantly, the standout cornerback expressed a strong desire to get to know Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher better. So, while many alarmists might feel the gesture signifies Howard leaning to the gators. It would probably be best not to place too much stock in such a thing. I do however feel two things; #1 The gators are going all out in their pursuit of Howard (Which is somewhat of a change recently from what I have been told in the past few months from speaking with UF sources) and # 2 The University of Alabama has made a significant move in making a play for Howard’s commitment. Howard was initially scheduled to announce his decision in January at the US Army All Star game. However, in an interview shortly after Miramar’s state championship loss Howard confirmed that he will take visits to both LSU and Alabama after the US Army game. Those will be his third and fourth official visits. His fifth visit will come down to either USC or the University of Florida. Howard acknowledged that has already visited Florida “several times”.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 21 December 2011

This is the question at hand. For the first couple weeks of bowl practice, what we have continued to see and hear is that there is a possibility of FSU fans seeing a different group of starters along the offensive line for the upcoming Champs Sports Bowl. As best as we can tell, right now it appears we will see Zebrie Sanders (Sr.), Josue Matias (Fr.), Austin Barron (Fr.), Tre Jackson (Fr.) and Bobby Hart (Fr.) as the starters against Notre Dame. Whether this is being done by necessity due to injury or by preference due to performance, I feel this will have an interesting outcome. There are some positives and negatives here, so let's discuss them after the jump.

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Written by Derrell Warren | 21 December 2011

JohnsonDeAndre_111209_6833_TCaseyThis game was mismatch along the line of scrimmage with the Manatee Hurricanes having the edge on both sides of the ball. The disparity in that phase of the game carried the day as First Coast's freshman sensation, De'Andre Johnson was harassed to the tune of five sacks while Manatee Junior signal caller Cord Sandberg was extremely efficient all night, completing 13 of 17 passes for 180 yards and a score through the air, and an additional 78 yards and a score on the ground leading the Hurricanes balanced attack. Manatee's offensive line was able to generate a consistent push all night against the First Coast front four, opening lanes for Hurricane backs Leon Allen and Anthony Lauro. First Coast receiver Chris Black was held to only three touches during the championship contest. However, much of that was the result of the pressure being applied by the Manatee defensive line not providing sufficient enough time for the ball to be delivered to the Buccaneer star.

Prospects to Watch in 2012

The Buccaneers lose Alabama Crimson Tide commit; Wide Receiver Chris Black and his underrated partner on the outside, University of Troy bound Brandon Brooks; who notched over 1000 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior campaign. Returning to lead the First Coast offense will be 2015 quarterback De'Andre Johnson. Johnson (6-0 165) is already a coveted collegiate prospect who amazingly, was able to navigate the Buccaneers to a state title game appearance just a year out of middle school. The young signal caller finished the 2011 season with over 2800 yards passing and 25 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. Johnson's emergence has already landed him a verbal scholarship offer from Clemson University.

 

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 20 December 2011

We put fellow Bloguin Network blog, SubwayDomer.com, on the hot seat and asked him some questions about the Fighting Irish in preparation for next week's Champ's Sports Bowl. This is part one of two in this series, so get used to the old Subway Domer because you'll hear from him again next week. Today, we've got some questions about the Notre Dame program and recapping the season. Next week, we'll explore more specifics about the big matchup at hand and how we think each team will fare on next Thursday night. Be sure to check Domer's site for his version of our Q&A and light his comment section up with some Holiday trash talk.

1) Given the rocky start to the season, but having a team that performed well at times, what are your overall thoughts on the season for Notre Dame and how it played out?

It was a failure. That may be a dramatic use of the word "failure" but if we look at the season as a whole, it should be quite clear.

Forget about South Florida for a moment. Notre Dame managed to lose at Michigan, in a game that they were dominating. Notre Dame lost to USC in a game that had a lot at stake for the Irish. Notre Dame lost to Stanford, and in the process took our QB search back about 12 games.

This was supposed to be a BCS or bust type of year, and ND loses their 3 biggest games, and makes a bigger mess of the QB depth chart.

FAIL.



2) What's the general consensus on Brian Kelly and the job he has done so far? Do you believe people in South Bend are comfortable with saying that he is the guy to lead ND back to consistent national prominence?

This all really depends on who you talk to, and at what time of day. For the record, I do believe Kelly has done a good job. Good. Not great- not yet. There were a lot of issues facing the Irish before Kelly arrived, and he is systematically changing a lot of that for the better.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of rational fans within the ND fanbase. Most of those fans, however, are overshadowed by a much larger group that seems to congregate mainly on NDNation.com.

These people wanted Kelly fired after the Michigan game last year, and have demanded their donations to the school be used for a time machine to bring back the Era of Ara in the flesh.

These people have lost touch with reality.

I'm comfortable with saying that Kelly is the man for the job, but then again- if not him... Who?

 

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Written by Derrell Warren | 16 December 2011

This is summary on some of the high school underclassmen prospects who participated in this Saturday’s 3A and 4A state championship games.

Delray American Heritage defeats Madison County 30-3 for 3A title behind potent running attack and a stifling defensive effort.

This contest was billed as a battle of clock eating running games and stingy defenses as both teams duplicated that formula in executing runs toward the state title. The game initially began as a defensive battle as both offenses struggled to get on track. The Stallions of Delray American Heritage assumed control of the line of scrimmage from the second quarter on behind standout 2013 RB Greg Bryant and an excellent offensive line that was able to consistently create lanes that the powerful, yet shifty Bryant used to wear down the smallish Madison County front to the tune of 243 yards and three touchdowns on a career high 39 carries. Madison County was held to only 97 yards rushing yards on 30 carries with 2014 RB Deonshay Wells accounting for 76 yards of that total.

Prospects to watch in 2012

Going into next season the Stallions lose 1303 yard runner Jeremy Gaskins and wide receiver Cameron Posey. However, the Stallions return top back Greg Bryant (2180 yards and 25 touchdowns) who is a nationally rated prospect at his position with offers from Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, and UF. Bryant was initially thought to be a UF lean during the summer; however he has recently stated he’s open and looking primarily at SEC programs. Bryant will be joined in the backfield by 2013 ATH/QB Marcus Davis (891 yards and 10 touchdowns passing) who will target 2014 prospects Edwin Thomas (266 rec yards) and Darrell Langham (83 yards). Heading the offensive line will 2013 OL Prospect Roderick Johnson (6-4 280). Johnson should prove to be a BCS level talent who may better translate to guard at the collegiate level. no comments

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Written by joshua | 13 December 2011

It is being reported by Warchant.com, that Davidson (AL) offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has de-committed from FSU this morning, and that it is likely he will now be committing to Alabama (they do not have any quotes from Taylor). Noles247 is reporting that they have not been able to reach Taylor for a comment regarding this report, therefore this news is unconfirmed. They are also reporting that Taylor is NOT committed to Alabama at this time. ESPN's Jamie Newberg is also reporting that he would be "stunned" if Taylor decommitted, considering Davidson High School's strict "no decommitting policy".

I myself have attempted to reach Taylor this afternoon, and have not been able to. While Taylor, not commenting obviously raises a red flag for the FSU faithful, it is unfair to jump to any conclusions, especially knowing that this is this time a year where the rumors begin flying.

Stay tuned to us, as we will continue to monitor this situation throughout the day with any information we acquire.  

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