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 11th, 2009
5:05 pm

Huh? You know “Huh?” is the reaction that everyone has to your posts because there are no facts… i.e. In my opinion or that’s why i think…You don’t have to tell me it’s you opinion, that’s redundant, if you are writing it I understand that’s it’s coming from your brain… The only time you need to state IMO is if you are some kind of Georgia penal experiment in which you brain is not speaking on your behalf,if this doesn’t make sense to you I understand…. Awesome logic, you must have been the captain of your 8th grade debate team….

Otto

March 11th, 2009
5:01 pm

Otto

March 11th, 2009
5:01 pm

Rich, how has the ACC been doing in BCS bowls?

Otto

March 11th, 2009
4:58 pm

Ben FSU being back is hypothetical too. Otto is a screenname and was the mascot in place of UGA the season I went to my first UGA game. The ESPN ranking was most prestigous scored over decades and saying UGA is not in the same league as FSU is just not reasonable. As far as UGA accomplishing what FSU has both have 2 Heismans and 2 national titles with others that maybe disputed. Yes FSU achieved alot of success in a short period of time and had one of the greatest runs in CFB history. If you want to point to recent history UGA has had a better run than FSU since Richt.

Huh?

March 11th, 2009
4:55 pm

Ben, I think my program is better because if any of Mark Richt’s top 10 teams over the years got ahold of your mediocre 8 win FSU teams they would slap them absolutely silly. THAT’S why I think my team is better. What is so hard about this to understand? All this crap about history, reputation, and prestige is nothing more than a red herring. You clowns are in a dreamworld. FSU is mediocre RIGHT NOW. Thanks for the history lesson but I could give a crap. It will do you no good on Saturdays this fall. Wake Forest apparently isn’t too impresses with your great history so why should anyone else be? Get a grip.

FSU is a has been washed up over the hill program. The fact that FSU fans put so much emphasis on the past only confirms this.

Ben

March 11th, 2009
4:36 pm

Your argument is hypothetical…. i.e. IF… BTW is your real name Otto? Or did you parents just not like you.

andrew

March 11th, 2009
4:31 pm

due to a late touchdown for yall! and by the way…it was very bad luck that we lost that game…and that was at tech, not in athens!

Wake up ladies

March 11th, 2009
4:29 pm

Read the actual sanctions before you post stupid comments like FSU not being able to play in bowl games. Probation isn’t suspension it’s a period which the school will be under extreme scrutiny and subject to further sanctions should their be additional violations. If I’m a recruit I might be concerned at first, but it’s not like we are vacating any games they will be playing in or taking away their scholarship. As long as things stay in check we can and very well may play for a National Title in the next 2-3 years.

Otto

March 11th, 2009
4:27 pm

Andrew, we lost by 3 just like you did.

Otto

March 11th, 2009
4:25 pm

Ben both have had great runs and UGAs current run reminds me of the 80s with Bobby at FSU. FSU just could not put it all together.

USC, Texas, and UGA have most consitantly won 10 games and been in the Top 10 at the end of the season since Richt came to Athens (02 Sugar Bowl?). FSU has been fighting to get back on top for the same period of time. Richt has another top recruiting class coming off another 10 win season.

If Richt can keep winning like Bobby did, it will only take time before they get the breaks to get a BCS title. Ask Bobby and his field goal kicker, it takes some luck to get it perfect. Keep remembering the glory days… Wide right or was that wide left?