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


March 11th, 2009
10:20 pm

Buddy El, what are you dyslectic????…El comes before Buddy… “BIG BABY BUTT BS BEN vent”… What? I am clearly baffled. Did you think the consecutive Bs sounded good? Uh….you got me, how long did it take you think of that one? Way to bring crack into it, i guess hanging out with you boys in Hotlanta finally caught up with me……It’s diarrhea and if you weren’t spending so some much of your time trying to figure out what to do with UGA’s balls you might learn how to spell… you “remember very clearly that in FSU’s early football days there was a mad dash by all college football teams to schedule FSU”… How old are you??? 100…. “Free Shoes U” your original, way to quote Steve Superior, I didn’t know he was so liked in GA…..


March 11th, 2009
9:59 pm

Frankly, FSU is not on UGA’s radar. UF is the bear on the block…and FSU’s demise isn’t exactly helping UGA in this case.


March 11th, 2009
9:26 pm


Buddy El

March 11th, 2009
7:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Buddy El

March 11th, 2009
7:54 pm

Ben: You obviously have diarhia mouth. This isn’t the BIG BABY BUTT BS BEN vent. You come across as a crack head. I remember very clearly that in FSU’s early football days there was a mad dash by all college football teams to schedule Free Shoes U for homecoming. You go Huh?

Buddy El

March 11th, 2009
7:26 pm

Huh: I demand that you run out and start apologizing to morons everywhere.

Truth Hurts

March 11th, 2009
7:00 pm

Bobby has been looking hte other way for 40 years. He is a hypocrite who would do anything to win. FSU tried to cover this up, big time. The female swimmmer who took the whole punishment cried fowl, and they had to really look. FSU employees cheated for years- the school and the coaches have got to look at their own crooked program. Death penalty soon!


March 11th, 2009
6:19 pm

For those of you with the old Green Bay “G” argument: Green Bay introduced their G in 1961. UGA introduced a similar G, different in design and color, in 1964. Although it was clearly different, UGA still consulted with Green Bay and everything was cleared. In fact, the Green Bay “G” has been redesigned several times since 1961and now looks like the original 1964 UGA “G”.


March 11th, 2009
5:59 pm

SuperDawg what? the statement makes no sense.


March 11th, 2009
5:14 pm

hey ben go DAWGS.by the way uga#1 the original opened his first game against fsu in 1956. yes UGA won and fsu has not beat uga since.