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
12:07 pm

good thing signing day is 11 months away. Any school telling a recuit this will affect fsu is lying. fsu had already enforced scholarship reductions, so this will not make a difference. FSU may not be relevant , but what would you consider a school that has not won a natonal title since 1980?


March 11th, 2009
11:38 am

If recruits aren’t bothered by evidence of poor character, then that says something about their own. As for Georgia ’stealing’ the Green Bay ‘G’ shaped like a football, admittedly we probably got the idea from them, but as for ’stealing’ if they didn’t bother to copyright the thing then it ain’t stealing, it’s in the public domain. Wonder how many other colleges or high schools whose name starts with the letter ‘G’ or ‘C’ has done the same thing. My guess is that GB probably got it from somebody else somewhere along the way. No such thing as an original idea.


March 11th, 2009
11:37 am

“Dear UF&UGAFANSCAN, I would hate for facts to change your argument about me, but I did ‘win the big one’ not once, but twice at FSU. Being a FSU fan, I expect more from you. Were you not a fan in the 90’s when I built that great offense including two Heisman trophy winners.”

Dear idiot who wrote this. Mark Richt was not the Offensive Coordinator at FSU in 1993. Please don’t test my college football knowledge. Your football card, so to speak, should be revoked.

Jeff Hagadone

March 11th, 2009
11:36 am

Huh? is a never was.

Jeff Hagadone

March 11th, 2009
11:34 am

It’s weird. FSU will still have a top 5 recruiting class next year complete with one of the top 3 QBs in the country. Check the facts, since Jimbo has arrived – we are a recruiting power once again. Get used to it.


March 11th, 2009
11:13 am

Huh- i love it!! Ben- I hope it’s not in print media because there are more spelling and grammar errors in your posts than an 8th grade Lit paper.


March 11th, 2009
11:11 am

There is alot of misinformation out there. Coaches like Dabo and Clemson saying we are not bowl eligable and that kind of stuff. Once all that misinformtion is cleared up these kids will know who is being straight with them. FSU is coming back to to the top, maybe even this year and there is NOTHING anyone can do about it.


March 11th, 2009
10:59 am

I bet that Emerald Bowl a couple of years ago was the highest rated Emerald Bowl of all time!!! Bow down to the Noles!!!

Good grief. Unbelievable.


March 11th, 2009
10:57 am

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

Yeah, like the fact that it was only ESPN’s highest rated bowl game ever. You conveniently neglected to mention this small little detail. ESPN only broadcasts the mid tier December bowl games. Whoopdeefreakingdoo. FSU has the highest rated meaningless December bowl game ever. FSU is back baby!!! Are you serious? This is what FSU is hanging its hat on these days? Absolutely laughable.

FSU is a has been.

Jeff Greissinger

March 11th, 2009
10:55 am

Ben…it’s the freakin’ Champ’s Sports Bowl! My goodness if that is your point of pride then FSU has fallen a lot further than I ever would have imagined!