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

Ben

March 12th, 2009
2:39 pm

Deion was a character, Vince really wanted him but he told him Athens was too far north because it made his jerry curl freeze… Wish you luck, hope you get to go to more games this year.

Otto

March 12th, 2009
1:57 pm

Ben thanks. I have no issue with FSU as a whole and have family in Tallahasee some have even worked for FSU. Also Bowden is a great guy as others have stated. I’ll take my shots at fans for either school who do not know what they’re talking about.

UGA Basketball… dunno don’t really care as long as they do not get the school in trouble (as they have in the past) I’m happy. As for most UGA fans not sure but FSU created enemies in the old conservative fans with the Neon Deon days. Dunno isn’t my opinion.

I was looking at LSU’s and Tenn.’s records against UF and they are not much better. Hats off to FSU they did better than anyone against UF until Urban rolled into town. Bowden more less owned Spurrier and Zook.

‘09 UGA? better team leadership and a more balanced offense that does not rely on the arm of a heavily hyped QB. Hopefully heathly OL and DLs. UGA has been short on those the past 2 seasons.

Ben

March 12th, 2009
12:10 pm

Hey Gator Guy… So what. I am not refuting UFs place as a national power. Recently you guys have been the best. Congrats. What doesn’t UF and FSU have in common? A Rhode Scholar that plays football.

Gator Guy

March 12th, 2009
11:57 am

Ben- FSU likes to re-wright history. Ask them what year they were established. A few years ago, they decided to change it so now they are older than UF. It was so easy, they might decided that they are in fact the oldest university in the country. It would be just as much BS.

Unlike UGA (whose only issue with UF is that they can’t beat them in football), FSU has a MAJOR inferiority complex. They the lesser school academically and athletically and they know it.

What does does every UF and FSU student have in common? They all got into FSU!

1987Nole

March 12th, 2009
11:47 am

From play I saw in 2008, UGA has bigger issues then FSU’s recent dealings with the NCAA (the same governing body that embarrassingly tried to remove “Seminoles” as the official school mascot despite a long relationship and official approval of the Florida Seminole Indian Tribe).

So UGA… what’s in store for 2009?

Ben

March 12th, 2009
11:27 am

Just a question. Why do UGA fans have such an obession with FSU not doing the right thing, when Georgia’s basketball program got the death penalty? Haven’t you guys been an probation for 6 yrs?

Ben

March 12th, 2009
11:22 am

Thank you Otto. I agree with most of what you say.

Otto

March 12th, 2009
10:55 am

SuperDawg the university only claims 2

Buddy El

March 12th, 2009
10:29 am

Huh? Did you apologize to all the morons yet. Please don’t miss the biggest moron, Bennie the bedwetter.

Buddy El

March 12th, 2009
10:21 am

Leave it to Bennie Boy to know the precise spelling of diarrhea. Now if he/she/it can come up with the correct meaning of diarrhea mouth he/she/it will get the picture.

Real men(which you obviously know nothing about) spell their name anyway and in any order they like.