Florida State’s probation causes concern among football prospects

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Storm Johnson is one of Georgia's top 2010 tailbacks (Rich Addicks/AJC)

Storm Johnson is one of Georgia's top 2010 tailbacks (Rich Addicks/AJC)

The P-word is scaring some of Florida State’s top recruiting targets. “FSU is not as high as they were with me because of probation,” said Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is considered Georgia’s No. 1 prospect with 33 early offers. “Florida State was my childhood favorite. I’m still open to them. I’m just not sure about getting involved with any program on probation. We’ll just see how it all plays out.”

Gainesville’s Blake Sims has been offered by FSU as a dual-threat quarterback. “That hurt me a lot when they got on probation because I was so high on them. My feelings have jumped back a little bit. I want to go to a school where I can trust everybody on the coaching staff. If I go to a school that has been put on probation, I don’t feel like I’d be able to trust them.”

According to the AP, Florida State’s athletic program received four years probation from the NCAA and will lose scholarships in football and may have to forfeit games because of a widespread academic cheating scandal involving 10 sports.

“Florida State dropped down a lot with me because they got in all that trouble,” said Loganville tailback Storm Johnson, who has 10 offers. “They have a great program, but I don’t think I want to be any part of that.”

Alec Ogletree says FSU was childhood favorite

Alec Ogletree says FSU was childhood favorite

Lowndes offensive tackle Ed Christian is one of two juniors that have committed to Florida State. He said he intends to remain loyal to the Seminoles, at least for now. “I guess if you do bad things, then you deserve the punishment. I’m not worried about probation, though. It doesn’t affect me. Other schools have been talking to me, but FSU is the school where I want to be at, no matter what.”

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June 5th, 2009
11:27 am

Having grown up in GA, I have to say that DAWG and Gator fans are cut from the same cloth. Both very hard to take. Been in Florida for past 20 yrs and Nole fans are much less arrogant. Even during the 90’s FSU fans were never pompous jerks. Therefore, as a public service to all Nole fans. When a Georga fan starts in on the current probation or Free Shoes U just respond with 2 words ” JAN KEMP “. Any Dawg fan knows who this is. It may be a 25 yr old issue, but it is far worse than a ” Loose Cannon ” academic advisor or a young girl giving shoes to a couple of football players at the mall. This was an institutional violation at the deepest levels of the university.


May 26th, 2009
11:16 pm

Read the facts.. NONE of the football players that played in ANY games were involved- the “teachers” did not even work for Florida State University.. in addition, NO coaches were involved or aware of… ever. Why should all those innocent people who contributed to the wins be punished. It is such a travesty- the way it is reported is so inaccurate to the average reader. Like I said- publish the details.. and the FACTS!

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Buddy El

March 14th, 2009
9:31 pm

Ben had to shorten his name because he was having trouble spelling Benny. I know some people that don’t know anything but little Benny doesn’t even suspect anything.

Buddy El

March 14th, 2009
9:26 pm

Ben: “I didn’t know he was so liked”. We could write several volumes about things you didn’t/don’t know.


March 13th, 2009
12:06 pm

Ben i’m sorry your hurting so much.please don’t cry you are giving fsu a bad reputation oh no you are just adding to it.time will heal everything except your idiotic approach to retaliation.GOOD LUCK.


March 13th, 2009
7:03 am

Hello Everyone, I am Mark Richt and I have stabbed my mentor in the back with lies and bullsh!t. That is who I am. I know that FSU will be able to play on TV the same amount and still go to bowls, but I’m fighting for my life up here in Athens. Never having really won anything important up here at UGA, I need to lie to recruits to hopefully one day win anything of importance here at UGA. Thanks and GO DAWGS!


March 12th, 2009
7:21 pm

Better to be a “has been”, then a “never was”. I guess there is always 1980. Or were you UGA posters even alive then? It was a laugher to see all the UGA fans so pumped for the ‘02 Sugar Bowl. You could sure tell they hadn’t sniffed a BCS bowl, by the attitudes of their redneck fans. I must admit, the Sugar Bowl win over a powerhouse Hawaii club, sure raked in the viewers. Many of you UGA fans just need to worry how to stop being UF’s bitch.


March 12th, 2009
3:31 pm

Thanks and good luck to your Noles. It’d be great to meet up in a BCS bowl.

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