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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120 comments Add your comment

SuperDAWG

March 12th, 2009
9:26 am

hey mr.fecal how many national championships do you think UGA has.Check your history before you answer.I will save you some time 5 footbaall nc’s.how many overall national titals does UGA have in all sports.get a calculator and answer that one.

Ben

March 12th, 2009
8:58 am

Hey Buddy, I’m going to help you out when you put down the gators, it makes more sense to say Gayturd. It will go along with you fecal infatuation, it makes it more relevant when you say “i smelled you”…As far as FSU goes in 1902 it was known as Florida State College and yes they did play football until 1904. From 1905 to 1947 FSU did not have a football program unless a group of girls played touch near the Wescott Center. The real history begins in 1947 when the school became coed again, I don’t believe those games count…. Regardless of what you think of us, both programs have had the same number of Heismans, NCs, FSU has 3 more conference titles (and they have only been in a conference since 1992) and a lot more PROs. Both programs are very good but niether of us have an elite history, Good luck getting over the hurdle I don’t know if you have experienced winning an NC(unless you where born before 1980), I will tell it’s been twice now for me and it’s a great feeling.

SuperDAWG

March 12th, 2009
3:57 am

knock-knock who’s there.FSU WANT TO BUY SOME SHOES

FSU

March 12th, 2009
3:52 am

P.S. small minds think alike. take care gaytur see you in Jax.

FSU

March 12th, 2009
3:47 am

HEY ben fecal(thanks for disclosing your last name)fs did play football in 1903.Look up FSU-UF RIVALRY AND IT ALL BEGAN IN 1902.HEY GAYTUR I SMELLED YOU . YOU ALSO MAY BE INTERESTED IN FSU-UF RIVALRY CHECK IT OUT.

JustCallMeChamp

March 12th, 2009
12:29 am

(Man, they are so busy fighting, they didn’t even notice a Gator slip in there. Sounds like Congress).

Ben

March 11th, 2009
11:21 pm

It’s fecal pal…. you have the intelligence of a gerbil. Way to pose as on FSU fan, FSU hasn’t been cheating since 1902 because their athletic program began in 1947, I know that’s beyond your math skills because you didn’t go to tech… I will be glad to change my diaper but let me wait until your mom gets back from the street corner, i am going to need her help. I will look up uga.history.com., when you learn how to spell athletic. Enjoy watching FSU in the NCAA tournament.

tribeguy

March 11th, 2009
11:21 pm

“Bobby has been looking hte other way for 40 years. He is a hypocrite who would do anything to win. FSU tried to cover this up, big time.”

Any actual evidence? Facts?

Speaking of facts: Georgia beat FSU five times in the 50s. FSU beat UGA four times in the 60s. We tied 17-all in the ‘84 Citrus Bowl. Only game since was Dawgs win in the ‘02 Sugar Bowl.

Finally, do you blame Mark Richt — who I consider a classy guy — for all the trouble UGA players have gotten into in recent years? Then nobody can blame Bowden for not supervising tutors who answered to academics and not the athletics dept.

FSU

March 11th, 2009
10:56 pm

Ben now that you are wearing Feical Soiled Underwear because your seminoles have been exposed again you want to transgress.So go change your diaper.UGA has a better atheletic program than fsu in all sports you can check it out online uga.history.com.

JustCallMeChamp

March 11th, 2009
10:42 pm

OK! OK! OK! UGA and FSU Fans!!! CALM DOWN! Wow, such animosity about who is this and who is that! To me, Georgia and FSU are very comparable programs. 1) they both play in BCS conferences with definite edge to UGA for playing in the top conference SEC year after year. 2) They both have outstanding facilities and stadiums. 3) They both recruit on a top national level, most of the time in top 10 4) they both have top coaching staffs 5) Both have loyal fan base following and tradition with edge going to UGA because they have a longer history 6) And last but not least, they both bow at the feet of the University of Florida mighty Gators. I call it pretty much a draw!