Coach: Bobby Bowden
2008 Florida State Signees:
Recent Recruiting Rankings (By Rivals.com): No. 4, No. 21, No. 3, No. 2, No. 3, No. 21 under Bowden from 2002-07.
Consensus Prep All-Americans: PA WR/DB A.J. Alexander, FL LB Nigel Bradham, FL LB Nigel Carr, SC DE Everett Dawkins, FL TE Jabaris Little, VA QB E.J. Manuel, PA LB/S Nick Moody, OH OL Zebrie Sanders, FL LB Vincent Williams.
Interesting Story: FSU received signatures from three teammates at Jacksonville First Coast: wide receiver Avis Commack, all-purpose back Jermaine Thomas, and linebacker Nigel Carr. The trio, who will be the first-ever players from First Coast to play for the Seminoles, led the Buccaneers to an 11-3 record and a run to the third round of the Florida Class 4A playoffs in 2007.
Top 2008 Recruiters: Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher helped FSU lure three of the top 250 players in the country: linebacker Nigel Bradham, tight end Jabaris Little and quarterback E.J. Manuel. Fisher also led in the recruitments of California junior college standout running back Tavares Pressley and unheralded wide receiver Josh Gehres. Wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey was the lead recruiter for four in-state standouts: linebacker Nigel Carr, wide receiver Avis Commack, defensive tackle Moses McCray and running back Jermaine Thomas. Defensive ends coach Jody Allen helped the Seminoles recruit the best class of ends in the ACC, with juco All-American Markus White, Floridians Toshmon Stevens and Travis Arnold, and South Carolina product Everett Dawkins.
States Represented (11): Alabama, California (junior college), Florida, Georgia, Kansas (junior college), New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia.
Academic Worries: many. Defensive back commitment Travis Arnold is expected to enroll at Butler County (KS) Community College in the fall.
Key Misses: NC TE Dwayne Allen (Clemson), FL LB Lerentee McCray (Florida), FL LB Marcus Robinson (Miami (Fla.)), VA WR Deion Walker (Notre Dame), SC OL Dalton Freeman (Clemson), FL LB Ryan Baker (LSU)
Quotable Quotes: "This year, we were pretty well set (prior to Signing Day). They (the FSU assistant coaches) had everything sewed up pretty dog-gone good."
- FSU head coach Bobby Bowden
FSU Football Recruiting Articles (Links):
Nigel Bradham feature Tallahassee Democrat
Nigel Bradham/E.J. Manuel "recruiting others" story Tallahassee Democrat
Terrance Parks feature Tallahassee Democrat
Zebrie Sanders feature Tallahassee Democrat
A.J. Alexander/Josh Gehres feature Ocala Star-Banner
A.J. Alexander/Josh Gehres feature Tallahassee Democrat
Nigel Carr feature FloridaFB.com
FSU offensive linemen commitment feature Palm Beach Post
Everett Dawkins story Pensacola News-Journal
Everett Dawkins feature Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Garrett Faircloth feature Tallahassee Democrat
Jimbo Fisher recruiting feature Tampa Tribune
Anthony Hill feature Tallahassee Democrat
E.J. Manuel Parade All-America story Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
E.J. Manuel feature Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Moses McCray/Rhonne Sanderson feature Tampa Tribune
Nick Moody feature Philadelphia Inquirer
David Spurlock commitment story Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
Toshmon Stevens feature Tallahassee Democrat