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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March 11th, 2009
10:46 am

Ben M- it’s understandable that you would be bitter towards UGA since you haven’t done jack $hit since Richt left. Also, you and Notre Lame are still living off your legacy of yesterday. You are both nationally televised and your programs couldn’t be any more irrelevant in college football. I know watching FSU and a rebuilding Miami sure gets my adrenaline going!!!!!

Ben M

March 11th, 2009
10:41 am

Thanks you CS. I actually work in media but let’s not facts get in the way of a good argument, eh?

According to ESPN, Florida State’s 42-13 victory over Wisconsin averaged 5,098,000 homes, based on a 5.2 rating making it the second-largest bowl audience ever for an ESPN broadcast.


March 11th, 2009
10:37 am

stole the Green Bay Packers logo. good one Ben M.


March 11th, 2009
10:35 am


He is right. FSU is a tv darling and their bowl game last season was the second highest watched bowl in espn history. You can check espn’s website if you don’t believe me. By the way the scholarship loss will not hurt. FSU hasn’t even used their full allotment of scholarships recently. That ruling will only affect walk-ons getting scholarships.


March 11th, 2009
10:21 am

“Florida State has the 2nd highest rated bowl game and the highest ever rated regular season game.”

When? Maybe in 1999, but not now. I find it hard to believe that millions of Americans were rushing to their television sets to watch 8-4 FSU in the Champs Sports bowl. Don’t get me wrong, that Music City Bowl against Kentucky a year ago was a heck of a game, but the 2nd highest rated bowl game ever? Doubt it. FSU is a has been program. You are living in the past.

I’m not going to get in to a ratings argument with you. You made a stupid comment and I called you out on it. Suffice to say, I doubt UGA would have appeared on national television 8 times last season if CBS, ESPN, and ABC weren’t confident that people would watch. I’ll just leave it at that.

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March 11th, 2009
10:03 am

I think this is a big deal for FSU-they seemed to be on the cusp of getting their swagger back-big for recruiting in South Georgia -they took some great players from there in the past

Ben M

March 11th, 2009
9:58 am

My apologies to the moron driving the huh? post. Find me nationally televised games that actually draw numbers. Florida State has the 2nd highest rated bowl game and the highest ever rated regular season game. You do the math, oh wait if you went to Georgia, you can’t. National brand vs. a team that stole the Green Bay Packers logo. Go play Georgia Southern again.

Pago Flyer

March 11th, 2009
9:55 am

Well it doesn’t look like the coach at “free shoe u” will catch up with the guy up at Penn State! By the way, has the guy up at PSU ever smiled or been nice to the sports media?


March 11th, 2009
9:51 am

How could a program be so corrupt for so long without Bowden’s knowledge? We need to put a * next to Bowden’s record after subtracting the wins in question.