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FSU Recruiting: Seminoles Putting Together Dominant 2012 Class

The Florida State Seminoles hope to attract a number of recruits on National Signing Day this Wednesday.

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Florida State Football Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

The Florida State Seminoles had a mixed bag of results on National Signing Day yesterday. While they closed the day with one of the top-10 recruiting classes in the nation, they didn't do quite as well as they may have hoped. Entering the day with the potential to challenge for the best recruiting class in the nation, the Seminoles missed out on a few big recruits in Tracy Howard (Miami), Josh Harvey-Clemons (Georgia), and Dante Fowler Jr. (Florida).

Despite these misses, head coach Jimbo Fisher brought on a total of 18 recruits, 12 of whom are rated as four- or five-star players by Rivals.com. This group is headlined by defensive linemen Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman, quarterback Jameis Winston, and running back Mario Pender.

As the writers over at Tomahawk Nation put it, this class may be on the smaller side, but its overall depth and strength is impressive:

What you don't see are a lot of "ifs." This class isn't something which requires a lot of effort to envision success. Florida State faced stiff competition from major BCS programs for almost every kid in this class, and came out on top. On a per-position player basis (no kickers and punters, as they do not receive four or five-star ratings), Florida State's 2012 recruiting class is without peer.

For detailed scouting reports on all the players selected by the Seminoles, drop by SB Nation's blog on the 'Noles, Tomahawk Nation. Their play-by-player breakdown is spectacular.

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2012 Florida State Football Recruiting: Jimbo Fisher Puts Together Top-10 Class On National Signing Day

Jimbo Fisher rode a dominant National Signing Day and was able to put together an incredible 2012 Recruiting Class that ranks among the best Nationally this year. For the Seminoles, this means adding to a foundation of talented young players that have made their way to Tallahassee in the past few years.

Scout has the Seminoles ranked the lowest of all the services, putting them at No. 10 overall. This might have been a good place to put them before Signing Day, but after their performance yesterday their class is certainly better than that. Thanks to the late commitments of five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and one of the best athletes in the Country in Ronald Darby, the Seminoles earned the No. 8 class according to Rivals, making them far and away the best class in the ACC.

For all your recruiting news, follow SB Nation's Recruiting Twitter feed, @SBNRecruiting. For complete college football coverage, please visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State Football Recruiting: Noles Officially Announce 18 Commitments On National Signing Day

Florida State football has officially announced 18 commitments on National Signing Day 2012 with all 18 officially sending in their letters of intent. The Seminoles class is headlined by five-star rated defensive end Mario Williams Jr. out of Ryan High School in Texas. Edwards was unanimously ranked as the No. 1 rated defensive lineman in the 2012 recruiting class.

The Noles were also able to pull in consensus No. 1 defensive back Ronald Darby out of Potomac High School from Oxen Hill, MD. Darby picked the Seminoles over Clemson and Auburn. Florida State pulled another five-star recruit out of the state of Maryland with defensive tackle Eddie Goldman out of Friendship Coll. Academy in Washington D.C. Five-star defensive end Chris Casher from Alabama and five-star running back Mario Pender also committed to the Seminoles.

The Seminoles missed out on four-star defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. from Lakewood High School in the Tampa Bay area, as he decided to flip his commitment to the Florida Gators. Fowler cited the state of the Seminoles depth chart at defensive end for the reason for his switch.

Florida State was also able to pull a late coup on four-star linebacker Reggie Northrup out of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, FL. Northrup made the late switch to the Seminoles, picking FSU over Miami and Florida.

The Noles class is ranked No. 2 in the ACC and No. 9 overall as of now, according to Scout.com.

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Ronald Darby Commits to FSU Over USC, Clemson

Ronald Darby, a consensus Four-Star recruit, has committed to the Florida St. Seminoles, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Darby, who played for Potomac High School, chose FSU over USC, Auburn, Clemson and North Dakota, the four other finalists for his services.

During the live announcement of his decision on ESPNU, Darby said, "I prayed on it and I had to follow my heart and I'll be attending Florida State University. They're known for having two-sport athletes...they worked everything out perfectly."

Darby had zeroed in on FSU on National Signing Day after also considering USC and Clemson. Darby previously had a verbal commitment with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but pulled out of that commitment in January.

Darby was the second-highest cornerback in the Rivals rankings, trailing only Tracy Howard. He joins a Seminoles squad that has also picked up the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the country, Eddie Goldman. The 'Noles defense definitely seems poised to make waves in the next couple of years.

For more on Ronald Darby and FSU Football recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.

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Dante Fowler Surprises 'Noles, Signs With Florida

Dante Fowler, Jr. - four star recruit and one of the top defensive ends in the country - has committed to the Gators. From Lakewood High School in the Tampa Bay area, Fowler had been committed to Florida State for more than a year, but changed his mind this morning.

Fowler received more than 30 scholarship offers, despite character issues this year. He sat out half the season due to character issues, suspensions, and conflicts with his head coach. When the 6'3", 245 pound defensive end took multiple visits to Gainesville, I called it a blessing in disguise. If he was FSU's only Defensive End I might be worried, but considering the 'Noles already have five star D-Ends Mario Edwards and Chris Cashner signed in the 2012 class. Additionally, FSU is also seeking four-star defensive end Leonard Williams, whose maturity is noted by many, so the loss is nearly negligible.

His flip to the Gators is also understandable given the Seminoles' current roster:

Fowler was reportedly concerned about the Florida State depth chart, as the 'Noles already feature two All-America candidates in Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner, as well as twoother five-star defensive end recruits in Chris Casher and Mario Edwards Jr., who confirmed earlier this week that he too would stick with his commitment to the Seminoles. (Bud Elliot, SB Nation)

Fowler thanked the Florida State Seminoles before saying that Florida was just the right place for him as he made his commitment official this morning. You can see an interview with Fowler on ESPN.

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Eddie Goldman Signs To Florida State

Eddie Goldman, the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country, has officially signed to Florida State. The five star recruit was expected to sign with the 'Noles, and it's nice to have the paperwork filed. He burned multiple SEC schools to join the Seminoles.

Goldman, out of Washington DC, stands 6'3" and 310 lbs. His decision came down to FSU and Alabama, telling SBNation.com's Bud Elliot at the Under Armour All-American Game, "I like coach Odell [Haggins] at Florida State. We have a good relationship. I like coach Sal [Sunseri] at Alabama. He's a real dude,". Sunseri is no longer with Alabama though, as he took the defensive coordinator position at Tennessee, so Goldman's signing with Florida State was a near lock.

For all your National Signing Day and college football recruiting news, visit SB Nation's recruiting hub. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation.

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Eddie Goldman Commits To Florida State Over Miami, Auburn

Eddie Goldman, ranked as a five-star recruit by most rating services, has committed to Florida State, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Goldman, who played for Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.), chose the Seminoles over Auburn, Miami, and Alabama, the other finalist for his services.

Over the past few months, Goldman had considered all the major Florida schools -- Miami, Florida State, and Florida -- along with Auburn and Alabama. Recently, he had appeared to narrow his list down to Miami, FSU, and both Auburn and Alabama.

When asked what influenced his decision, Goldman cited the wide depth of talent at Florida State. As he stated, "I'm going to be surrounded by a lot of talent, and I'm just going to do my best to contribute."

Goldman was one of the top 10 talents in the nation this year, and he's widely considered the top defensive tackle. This is a huge commitment for Will Muschamp and the Seminoles, and their recruiting class is looking better and better.

For all your National Signing Day and college football recruiting news, visit SB Nation's recruiting hub. For more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visitAlligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Tracy Howard Commits To Miami Over Florida, Florida State

Tracy Howard, ranked as a four or five star recruit by almost every service, has committed to play for the Hurricanes, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Howard, who played for Miramar High School (Fla.), chose Miami over Florida and Florida State, the two other finalists for his services.

"I chose the University of Miami, because I look at the overall picture of it, from the academic standpoint to the opportunity standpoint," Howard said, "I've got a great bond with the coaches."

For all your National Signing Day and college football recruiting news, visit SB Nation's recruiting hub.

Howard had zeroed in on Miami on National Signing Day after also considering Florida and Florida State. Howard was considered a Florida lean for a very long time, so this is a big coup for Al Golden and the Hurricanes.

Howard was the second-highest defensive back in the Rivals rankings, trailing only Shaq Thompson of Sacramento, California. He joins a Miami squad that is almost always flush with talented defensive backs.

For more on Miami recruiting, visit the Seventh Floor Blog. For more on Florida recruiting, check out Alligator Army. For more on Florida State recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Huge Cornerback Colin Blake Signs With FSU

A player signing that comes as a pleasant surprise this morning is Colin Blake, a 6'3" cornerback (yes, 6'3") that decommitted from Texas A&M a few weeks ago that only strengthens FSU linebacker class of 2012. The four star recruit was deciding between the Seminoles, Oklahoma and TCU.

Colin Blake Highlights (via 247SportsStudio)

Tomahawk Nation posted an interview with Blake a couple days ago that highlighted his visit and his decision to be made. Read that interview here.

No. 1 Tracy Howard was considering Florida State, Florida and Miami. He visited the U last week and it was no surprise that he chose to take his talents to South Beach. Scholarships are thin, so losing out on Howard is a blessing in disguise. I'm not sure Florida State will have enough scholarships as is.

Stay tuned for news as it breaks, and for more analysis check in with our Seminole affiliate Tomahawk Nation.

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Josh Harvey-Clemons Commits To Georgia Over Florida, Florida State

Josh Harvey-Clemons, ranked as a four or five star recruit by almost every service, has committed to Georgia, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Harvey-Clemons, who played for Lowndes High School (Ga.), chose the Georgia Bulldogs over Florida, Florida State, and Miami, the three other finalists for his services.

When asked what influenced his decision, Harvey-Clemons cited his strong relationship with Georgia's head coach Mark Richt, and the fact that Richt has put many players in the NHL. He was impressed with Georgia's desire to win, and their coaching staff helped put his decision over the top.

For all your National Signing Day and college football recruiting news, visit SB Nation's recruiting hub.

Harvey-Clemons was the No. 31 recruit in the nation on Rivals.com's Top-100 list, and he is the top-ranked linebacker. He joins a Georgia squad that has a deep defense, which puts Harvey-Clemons' playing time situation up in the air. He will certainly play with Georgia, but he appears to be sacrificing playing time certainty in favor of playing for his home-state team.

For more on Miami recruiting, visit the Seventh Floor Blog. For more on Florida recruiting, check out Alligator Army. For more on Florida State recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Florida State Steals Away Northrup, Not Harvey-Clemons

Reggie Northrup, four star linebacker out of Jacksonville, FL has signed to Florida State University. Reggie paid two visits to Tallahassee, but committed to Miami. He was projected to be Miami’s sixth best recruit this year.

Northrup grew up a Seminoles fan, but had suitors at Ohio State, Arkansa and UNC as well. He stands 6’2" at 215 pounds. He has speed and force, and is part of a stacked linebacker class expected to sign today.

The No. 1 outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons was deciding between Florida, Florida State, and Georgia, and sided with the Bulldogs. Florida State has other linebackers targeted for today, including concensus five star deffensive tackle Eddie Goldman, four star defensive end Leonard Williams, and the four star offensive tackle Adam Duckett.

Stay tuned for more coverage as the news breaks, and for more analysis for Florida State fans, check in with Tomahawk Nation throughout the day.

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Florida State Football Recruiting: Seminoles Prepare For Impressive National Signing Day

The Florida State Seminoles are typically one of the best college teams in the nation at recruiting, and it appears that 2012 will not be any different. They currently have a total of 16 commitments from recruits -- including 9 in ESPNU's top 150 list -- and are in the mix to add up to five more commitments today. This easily gives the 'Noles the best recruiting class in the ACC, and puts them in the top five in the nation.

For the full list of current Seminole recruits, check out this useful signing board put together by the folks at Tomahawk Nation. Here are some of the big names that have already committed:

DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler
QB Jameis Winston
RB Mario Pender


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And according to Tomahawk Nation, the Seminoles are involved on a number of players that will sign tomorrow:

Going into National Signing Day, the Seminoles look to try to close at an elite level. Potential prospects that the coaches have been looking to close with include five star defensive tackle, Eddie Goldman; four star cornerback Ronald Darby; four star defensive end Leonard Williams, defensive back Colin Blake, and four star linebacker and current Miami commitment Reggie Northup. Also, the coaches turned up the heat late on prospects five star cornerback Tracy Howard, four star linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemmons, and late bloomer offensive linemen Adam Duckett.

This has the potential to be an elite class for Florida State, pushing them into the upper tier of schools in terms of overall recruiting class. Only time will tell how it all shakes out, but things are looking good.

To join in the conversation about the 'Noles and National Signing Day, drop by SB Nation's blog on the Seminoles, Tomahawk Nation.

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National Signing Day 2012: Dante Fowler Could Decommit From FSU To Join Florida, According To Report

National Signing Day is the first day that committed players can fax in their letters of intent, but until they do there is nothing preventing them from going back on their verbal commitments. So there will be some players today that switch to a new school, despite having promised to play elsewhere. One of the bigger names in the state of Florida may be doing just that, as it appears he may switch his commitment from FSU to Florida.

Fowler is a five-star prospect on Rivals at defensive end, and is listed as the third best player at that position in the class. He is also rated the 28th best prospect in the 2012 class. If in fact he does commit to Florida over FSU, it would be a big coup for Will Muschamp and the Gators.

For all your recruiting news, follow SB Nation's Recruiting Twitter feed, @SBNRecruiting. For complete college football coverage, please visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog,Tomahawk Nation. And for more on the Gators, please check out Alligator Army.

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2012 National Signing Day Announcement Times Schedule

Many of the nation's top uncommitted college football prospects will make their college choices on Wednesday on National Signing Day 2012. Many top prospects have already committed, but several of those who have yet to make a decision are looking at Florida schools, including Tracy Howard, Josh Harvey-Clemons, and Nelson Agholor. Those are just three prospects from a long list who will announce in front of a national audience on ESPNU.

ESPNU will be broadcasting many of the prospects' decisions live throughout the day. Below is a complete schedule of the announcements, along with the final schools in the running for these prospects.

9:15 a.m.: LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Georgia/Florida State/Florida/Miami)

9:35 a.m.: DB Tracy Howard (Florda/Florida State/Miami)

10:05 a.m.: DT Eddie Goldman (Florida State/Alabama/Auburn)

10:15 a.m.: WR Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri/Arkansas/Texas/Oklahoma)

11:05 a.m.: LB Kwon Alexander (Alabama/Auburn/LSU)

11:05 a.m.: S Trae Elston (Mississippi/LSU/Oklahoma State)

12:05 p.m.: ATH Nelson Agholor (Florida/Florida State/USC)

12:20 p.m.: WR Thomas Johnson (Texas/Texas A&M/Oregon)

1:35 p.m.: OT Andrus Peat (Nebraska/USC/Stanford)

2 p.m.: OT Avery Young (Florida/Georgia/Miami/Auburn/Alabama)

2:30 p.m.: DB Ronald Darby (Florida State/Auburn/Clemson/Maryland)

Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012. For all your recruiting news, follow SB Nation's Recruiting Twitter feed, @SBNRecruiting. For complete college football coverage, please visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub.

For more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog,Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Florida State Football Recruiting: Noles Have Three Commits, Trio Of Potential Five-Stars

As National signing day hits, the Noles have a trio of potential five-star recruits they may add to their football team. The No. 1 ranked quarterback in the country, Jameis Winston from Hueytown in Hueytown, AL has committed and is expected to officially sign on with the Seminoles. The Noles are also expected to land a pair of five-star defensive lineman in defensive tackle Mario Edwards and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

The Seminoles could also potentially land the No. 2 ranked defensive tackle in Eddie Goldman from Friendship Collegiate Academy, a four-star recruit out of Washington D.C. If the Noles can land Goldman, they would scoop up the top two ranked defensive tackles of the 2012 recruiting class.

The Florida State Seminoles already have three players who have officially signed on, including a four-star running back out of Cape Coral, FL in Mario Pender from Island Coast. The Noles also have an official commitment from a three-star offensive lineman out of Roswell, NM in Daniel Glauser from the New Mexico Military Institute.

For all your recruiting news, follow SB Nation's Recruiting Twitter feed, @SBNRecruiting. For complete college football coverage, please visit SB Nation's NCAA football hub. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation.

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Andrus Peat Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

Tempe, AZ. Carona Del Sol High School offensive tackle Andrus Peat is widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the country. Peat is down to four schools (Florida State, Nebraska, Stanford and USC) and will make his decision today during National Signing Day.

Peat is expected to announce his decision live on ESPN at 1:30 p.m. EST. All signs points to a Stanford-Nebraska showdown at this point, though which school he chooses depends on whom you believe. And since it's NSD, you just never know what will happen and who made a last-ditch effort pitch.

Peat had a trip scheduled to Florida State on Jan. 20, he canceled that trip and never made it to Tallahassee.

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For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation.

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FSU Football Receives $5 Million Donation For Indoor Practice Facility

The Florida State Seminoles received a huge donation this afternoon that should have a positive impact before tomorrow's National Signing Day. Al "Chainsaw" Dunlap, Ocala business man and former CEO of Sunbeam, donated $5 million to the FSU sports program to build an indoor practice facility, expected to be utilized by the football team and to be available in January of 2013.

Since becoming head coach of the Seminoles, head coach Jimbo Fisher has lobbied the university for an indoor practice facility to protect players from the elements. The expected site of the development is the current Al Dunlap Practice Field next to Doak Campbell Stadium, which was financed by a $5 million donation in 2007.

Via the Orlando Sentinel, Charlie Barnes, executive director and senior vice president of Seminole Boosters Inc. said Tuesday afternoon that the donation came through in the last month.

"I don't remember the exact day, but I remember I was very happy," said Barnes.

Current estimates for the cost of the facility hover around $15 million. The remaining $10 million is being raised through fundraising efforts headed by Seminole Boosters. Those efforts include an online donation drive that has been going on since September at fsuindoorpracticefacility.com.

Al Dunlap is a former financier of non-sports programs at Florida State as well, erecting a career center complex in the heart of campus that bears his name. The university has come under fire for accepting his donations in the past due to Dunlap's history of fraud. Regardless, this strong sign of commitment to player protection and development is a positive sign for potential signees that have a big decision to make tomorrow.

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Nelson Agholor Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

Nelson Agholor's National Signing Day announcement is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPNU, as one of the nation's top five-star athletes chooses his school.

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VIDEO: FSU Recruit Jameis Winston Throws Touchdown Rope In Under Armour All-America Game

Quarterback Jameis Winston has impressed on Thursday night at the Under Armour All-American game at Tropicana Field. The Florida State recruit has thrown two touchdown passes, including one on a frozen rope to South Carolina recruit Shaq Roland in the third quarter.

Winston, who received offers from almost every major school in the South, is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback from Hueytown, Alabama. He has been committed to the Noles since the summer, choosing to play for Jimbo Fisher before his senior season started in August. It has to be encouraging for FSU fans to see the lanky 6'4 quarterback thread the needle against some of the country's best high school safeties.

Video of Winston's second touchdown pass below:

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