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
1:45 pm

I believe only 3 head coaches have coached both the offensive and defensive NFL Man of the Year award winners — you get that for what you do off the field, not on it — and Bobby Bowden is the only one still coaching (Gruden and Dungy are the other two).

So much for the character bashing.

FWIW, Richt is cut from the same cloth too.

Roswell Nole

March 11th, 2009
1:43 pm

Also 300 total students were involved in the cheating scandal, do you think the coaches had the acedemic advisors give them the test too? This class was known at FSU for being a class where the tests were never changed. It would be highly unlikely that the coaches were involved in this kind of crap.

Roswell Nole

March 11th, 2009
1:36 pm

I know these are highschool kids, but they should really find out what really happened. FSU reported the violation to the NCAA, then hired an outside auditing company to go in and find out who violated what rules. The NCAA then went in and conducted their own investigation on top of that, but found nothing that FSU did not report. The coaching staff was NOT involved in any of this. This falls completely on the sholders of the kids who chose to cheat and the acedemic advisor who handed out the tests. The sanctions really are not that bad and it should not scare off any prospects.


March 11th, 2009
1:35 pm

I bet Greg Reid wishes he would have chose the Dawgs now.

Gator Guy

March 11th, 2009
1:33 pm

DirtyDawg – The “G” is trademarked by Green Bay. UGA uses it with their permission. Same with Grambling (I think). Geez, you needed a Gator to tell you this? BTW, as a Gator, watching UGA and FSU fans sling mud at each other is very entertaining!


March 11th, 2009
1:22 pm

“They’ve played in twice as many BCS games as those folks up in Athens.”

Yet another WHOOPDEEFREAKINGDOO is in order here. You play in the All Crap Conference. The last time your has been washed up team played in a BCS bowl you had 5 losses. Give me a break. Nobody cares about how many BCS bowls you’ve been to. You usually lose them anyway. FSU fans are out to lunch and living in the past.


March 11th, 2009
1:11 pm

I’ve been following this NCAA investigation for some time. The number one key fsu employee involved in the scandal whom the ncaa wanted to interview flat out refused to cooperate. The obvious conclusion is the school president picked the lesser of the two poisons (testify and incriminate the coaching staff or leave the school for a new state job. This guy wasn’t a rogue tutor as everyone claimed and he knows too much. So stop with saying the coaches didn’t know. The truth is still being covered up and its not over yet. fsu has ninety days to report which games should be vacated from 06 and 07 seasons. If they don’t comply and get it right, the committee has it in writing that they can go back and increase the scholarship phase of the punishment.


March 11th, 2009
12:56 pm

chris, what are you talking about? The associated press said that the cheating scandal was more than our football team. it involved all 10 sports that were being investigated. not just football. you cant hang all of this on our fsu football boys. why are you taking shots at georgia? they have a respectable program and richt came from fsu. calm down.

Go Noles

March 11th, 2009
12:54 pm

This hurts out program for now but we’ll be fine.


March 11th, 2009
12:51 pm

As a respectable journalist you should know to check all your sources before publishing an article. Not every sport was involved in this, but you say “all 10″ when there are 18 sports at FSU.