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

andrew

March 11th, 2009
4:25 pm

didnt that acc power georgia tech flat wear you out?

Ben

March 11th, 2009
4:15 pm

Otto – I really don’t know the numbers of UGA nor do i care… But stop and consider what FSU has accomplished in over a short period of time in comparison to anything UGA has ever done, if u still really think ur program is better just because u have been around for a hundred years then there’s no reason for me to even agrue with you… your way past reality… keep living the dream of Run Lindsey, Run.

Otto

March 11th, 2009
4:12 pm

Rick most serious UGA fans really didn’t expect to win the title. The OL was pieced together. UGA has a better chance this year. Besides how long did it take Bobby to win the title? How long has FSU been on their way back and they didn’t even win a mediocre ACC?

Otto

March 11th, 2009
4:06 pm

Ben, UGA was #14 and has been winning longer than FSU has had a program. Not to mention FSU football was a joke before Bowden. UGA football has had ups and downs but has won conference titles in just about every decade. FSU has not been a serious threat for a national title since Richt. I like FSU and Bobby has had a great run but to put FSU that far ahead of UGA is laughable.

Ben

March 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

what is WF over record aganist FSU 3 wins to 14 losses???… BTW Wake has 2- lst round draft picks and a very classy coach… they kinda remind me of UGA….

andrew

March 11th, 2009
4:01 pm

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! you georgia fans must be loving this right now…keep in mind that the recruits listed above are recruits in the state of GEORGIA…dawg fans are kinda excited about this, because it may mean that the in state prospects might actually stay in state! but wait, theres 10 months until nsd, which might be a long enough time to clear the air on a lot of this stuff…these are just initial reactions less than a week after the fact…just give it time!

RickNole

March 11th, 2009
3:56 pm

I really can not believe the hatred from Dawg fans..

So we go back to hanging out hat on the “SEC is harder than the ACC” lame azz arguement.

Despite all of this drama with FSU, the Noles are on the way back and you guys shot your wad this year and still came up a day late and a dollar short.

Huh?

March 11th, 2009
3:47 pm

If only ESPN articles helped you beat Wake Forest. You would be in great shape.

Ben

March 11th, 2009
3:41 pm

BTW, ESPN issued an article earlier this year for the top football programs in NCAA history… FSU finished 9th ahead of all other Florida teams… Don’t think UGA even made the top 25..Bark…Bark…

Ben

March 11th, 2009
3:31 pm

I officially hate UGA fans more than Gator fans… They r like the Clemson of the SEC… they have no merit and ALWAYS talk garbage, UF fans talk a lot of garbage but there’s a least some merit behind it…. Georgia fans really have nothing to be proud of in the last few decades besides UGA, he’s the only reason I would watch there crappy over rated games (YEY we r #1 for one week) to see if he will bite another SEC player….. and to see the majority of there over weight fans growl @ the camera…. Maybe it’s because Georgia was established as a penal colony… I can’t explain it.