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Written by Reginald Eller | 13 December 2011

Derrell Warren breaks down 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 run games and stingy defenses; as both teams duplicated the 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 consistently created 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

Entering 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 over 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). Leading 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.


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Written by Adam Tolliver | 12 December 2011

No, this is not a commitment story. Just a mere reminder, as it would seem that both the typical recruiting season chaos and the fanatical nature of college football in the home state of Jameis Winston have led to the expected conjecture and rumors of his commitment to Florida State being "shaky" and "tenuous" at best. For the most part, this type of thing is not unique in recruiting and most of the people reading this know that. Speculation in Winston's case is a bit more circus like because it is becoming more apparent that members of Alabama media cannot even fathom the possibility that his commitment to Florida State is real. The video below is a recap of the Mississipi vs. Alabama All-Star game, in which several of the big time Alabama high school players are interviewed, including FSU commit Alphonse Taylor. The 1:10 mark of the video is where Jameis Winston is interviewed. Take a listen to the question asked at the 1:23 mark.


"When do you expect you'll make a decision?" Um...what? Jameis Winston made a decision to commit to Florida State on ESPN back in August. But again, this is the nature of recruiting and with so many "sources" and people with platforms to rake up panic and excitement among fanbases, these types of things will continue to happen between now and National Signing Day, so Seminole fans should just sit back and be prepared. The most recent comments from Winston and his father have reaffirmed his commitment to FSU, but that will not stop speculation and rumors. As many of you, who follow recruiting from year to year are aware, there are plenty of examples in which a top recruit is flipped from one school to another, so the last thing I would do is make it seem as if losing a commitment is outside of the realm of possibility. What I will say is that at this point in time, Florida State's biggest concern in regards to Jameis Winston is likely the MLB draft. He has not done or said anything throughout the process that would imply wavering. FSU has done a great job recruiting him for both football and baseball and ultimately this will be too much for other schools to overcome in my opinion.

As for his play on the field, I think there are a few misconceptions about the type of player he is. I've had several twitter conversations with people who are under the impression that Winston is an athlete that runs around in an attempt to play QB. I suppose that is understandable, as there are plenty of guys who can run, but struggle passing. Jameis Winston is not one of those guys. Prior to this year's playoffs, Winston went 126/178 passing for 1,753 yards, 23 touchdown passes and just one interception. There is a reason he is so highly coveted and will continue to be recruited until the last hour. Seminole fans, be grateful because this guy is legitimately special. Check out some of his SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS HERE.

Written by Rob McCannell | 09 December 2011

I sat down to make predictions and then realized that it would be pretty damned pretentious of me to act like I actually know much of anything about all 70 of the teams playing in bowls. Doesn’t mean I can’t form unfounded opinions though. I was going to do these as tweets, but I didn’t want to carpet-bomb your Twitter timelines. This is supposed to be fun and I don’t wish to offend, but if I do, click here to set me straight.

1. NEW MEXICO BOWL, Wyoming vs. Temple: I haven’t looked, but I don’t have to: I guarantee you someone has done a Wyoming-esque parody version of the Wiz Khalifa song and called it “BROWN AND YELLOW.”

2. FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL, Utah State vs. Idaho: If Potatoes were THAT famous, this bowl game wouldn’t be in Idaho, amirite?

3. NEW ORLEANS BOWL, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State: This game is like the bowl system’s version of Speed Dating. These two fanbases will take their seats, stare awkwardly at each other for a short period, and use each other as cautionary tales for the next three years. Sprayed all that AXE on for NOTHING.

4. BEEF O’ BRADY’S BOWL, Marhsall vs. FIU: Gee, wonder what they’ll serve in the press box? WE ARE (hoping for wings.)

5. POINSETTIA BOWL, TCU vs. Louisiana Tech: So, TCU’s reward for rendering Boise State irrelevant is a pre-Christmas Bowl against a Sun Belt team. Think they’re excited about getting into the Big XII? no comments


Written by Adam Tolliver | 08 December 2011

As the Noles continue to establish an identity as a basketball team, the season draws closer and closer to conference play, where games truly start to hold some weight. The Seminoles' defensive play is still a force, although not quite as strong as last season, while the offense continues to be an inconsistent factor at best. In some games, FSU has players who will score from the outside and in and in others, seemingly everyone is cold. What is consistent, is the Seminoles' inability to take care of the basketball. It is difficult to perform well when you turn the ball over on roughly 30% of your possessions. It is the type of sloppy play that FSU is unfortunately becoming known for and what has people in a weird limbo between high and low when it comes to their perception of the job Coach Hamilton is doing.

Recently, Rushthecourt.net released an article giving a quick snapshot of the ACC. They have FSU ranked 4th in their power rankings, which is about where they belong in my opinion as well. Here is what they had to say about the Noles:

Florida State (6-3) snapped a three-game skid by blowing out a less than mediocre Charleston Southern team at home. Unfortunately, a promising first half (the Seminoles scored 45 points!) yielded a “meh” overall performance that included 21 turnovers. If this team can figure out how to limit turnovers, it could be very dangerous. If not, it’s just another very good defensive team.
Ken Pomeroy Fun Fact: In contrast to North Carolina, only three Florida State players–Michael Snaer, Terrance Shannon and Deividas Dulkys–average a point per possession.

Check out the rest of their take on the ACC here.

Okaro White

Young Players finding their groove and gaining footing

There has been some questioning surrounding why certain young players haven't seen the court much. In Monday night's contest against a decent Charleston Southern team, we got a good glimpse at freshman guard Terry Whisnant, who played a career high 19 minutes. Whisnant is a talented scorer, but is still working on picking up the rhythm and speed of D-1 basketball. He was able to show that he has what it takes, but also shed light on why he has not seen more important minutes against better competition. Whisnant took a few shots that were missed badly, which probably had as much to do with nerves as anything, but keep an eye out for him in his time at FSU.

In contrast, sophomore Okaro White looks to be settling in to this season and becoming more comfortable with his new role. White scored 20 points on Monday night, but what was more impressive than the points themself was the efficiency and confidence he displayed while scoring them. White has a versatile game and when he makes the right decisions, he is a dangerous weapon for the Noles to have.

Keep an eye out for in the next couple of weeks for the player that has been conspicuously missing from the lineup. Sophomore guard Ian Miller claims that he will be back on the floor by the time the Seminoles take on the #12 Gators on December 22nd. Hopefully he's able to work his way into game shape soon, but Miller will immediately present a scoring boost for FSU when he's back on the active roster. Remember, it's tough to know for sure when he will be available because Hamilton is about as forthcoming with this type of information as Jimbo Fisher is with injuries, which is to say--not at all.

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Written by Derrell Warren | 06 December 2011

72DanielGlauserOn Sunday received a commitment from JUCO offensive lineman Daniel Glauser from the New Mexico Military Institute; in Roswell, New Mexico.

With the focus now being along the offensive line for the 2012 recruiting class, Glauser is a big – literally – addition.

Here is our film review breakdown of Glauser:


Size: Glauser is listed at 6-6 315 with room to grow. Both of these attributes are obviously coveted by any program regardless of whether it's an FBS, FCS, or Division 3 institution. Not the sleekest of athletes but flashes good coordination and balance for a man his size. This reveals itself when observing him move at the second level. Has great extension that he uses well in the run game and displays a powerful punch at the point of contact that can rock a defender back on his heels.

Attitude: Has the requisite "mean streak" that you desire in an offensive line prospect but doesn't necessarily exist in every kid. Shows violent hands on contact, drives his through his opponents, and finishes blocks with vigor. An aggressive kid, Glauser 'hunts' blocks at the second level after finishing his initial work near the line of scrimmage.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 04 December 2011

First reported by Warchant.com, Daniel Glauser – a 6'6 330 pound, 2012 JUCO offensive lineman from New Mexico Military Institute, in Roswell, New Mexico – has committed to Florida State.

Josh Newberg from Noles247 has also confirmed the commitment.

Glauser fills a major – and glaring – need along the offensive line at Florida State.

We will have a detailed breakdown on him later. For now, you can watch his video.

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Written by Derrell Warren | 01 December 2011

As the season draws near a close, and the Seminoles having just one game remaining to play, it is time our attention to the high school ranks.

Below is a breakdown of all present Florida State recruits by the newest addition to the Unconquered Darrell Warren.

This list will not only give readers an overview of present Florida State commits but what sort of contribution they may have early in their career. We will also take a look at some remaining targets the Noles could possibly finish off the 2012 recruiting class with.

2012 Florida State Commit List (15 Current commits)


QB Jameis Winston 6-4 200 Hueytown (AL) HS

Winston is a franchise caliber QB who could see the field early in his career due to not only his dual threat capabilities from a physical standpoint, but also his ability to process information and make appropriate decisions with the football. This was illustrated by his performance in the elite 11 camp where Winston was repeatedly praised not only for his arm and overall physical skills but also for his football IQ.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 30 November 2011

After getting off to a 5-0 start, the Seminoles are now in a position where they are having to fight off a three game losing streak. The ACC is struggling thus far in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and depending on which FSU basketball team decides to show up, a victory tonight would be big for the school and the conference as a whole. Both these teams struggle on the offensive side of the floor at times, so don't be surprised to see a bit of an ugly game.

The Spartans have a scoring combo of Keith Appling (10.7 ppg) at guard and Draymond Green (12.7 ppg) at forward. Green is not the biggest of players, but has excellent fundamentals and a great idea of how to use his frame to his advantage when rebounding. He averages 11.2 rebounds per game and gets a lot of scoring opportunities on the offensive boards. Florida State's strength is size and length. The Noles will have a team of big men fighting to ensure that they come out on the right end of things in the rebounding battle and also, typically do a great job of shutting down big men who tend to score a lot.

Ultimately this matchup will come down to how well FSU can do things on the offensive end of the floor. Michigan State is a very solid basketball club and will be well coached, obviously. But Florida State has the athletes and the defense to compete well and if an offensive rhythm is established and maintained, they can improve to 6-2 on the year. Unfortunately, that is one major if. Inconsistency on offense is Florida State's M.O. Michael Snaer continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game. The problem is that the next three leading scorers have seen their offensive production decrease by at least two points per game over the last three contest. The Seminoles will need someone else to step up and become more consistent as the season matures.

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Written by Adam Tolliver | 29 November 2011

In the midst of Florida State's disappointing 2011 campaign was probably two of the least enthused victories over the Seminoles' two biggest rivals, the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes. While Florida State fans are thrilled at being 4-0 against these teams in the past two years, this time around the wins were much uglier and had a common thread on one side of the ball. The FSU offense has been on the decline dating back to the Thursday night matchup against Boston College and as a result, fans are becoming restless. The cause or main issue surrounding the decline in offensive production is heavily debated and speculated upon--and to be clear, the decline is quite drastic. The three biggest scapegoats have been the QB play of EJ Manuel, the play of the offensive line and the playcalling. In my opinion, the issue is that two of the three proposed problems greatly inhibit the third.

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Written by Reginald Eller | 27 November 2011

With Florida Atlantic now having an opening for head Football Coach – following the retirement of Howard Schnellenberger – the Owls have began reaching out to prospective applicants. One of them being Florida State defensive coordinator, Mark Stoops.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Mark Stoops – who had been contacted by FAU – removed himself from consideration, and is not interested.

FAU offered Stoops about $400,000 a year, the source said, about $40,000 less than he made in 2010, his first year at Florida State. Howard Schnellenberger, who announced in August he was stepping down at the end of this season, will make about $406,000 this season.

Mark Stoops, who has turned the Florida State defense around seems to be just fine with remaining a defensive coordinator, until something better comes along.

He is – for sure – turning heads in the coaching ranks.

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