JUCO star DE ‘Tank’ Carradine picks FSU over Georgia

Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, one of the top junior college players in the country, signed a national letter-of-intent with Florida State this afternoon, his high school coach confirmed.

Carradine (6-5, 265), a sophomore defensive end from Butler County (Kan.) Community College who led the NJCAA with 16 sacks, chose the Seminoles over Georgia and Ohio State, in that order, Cincinnati-Taft coach Mike Martin said. He will transfer to FSU for the beginning of the winter/spring semester in January.

“He said it seemed like they wanted him more than anybody else,” Martin said shortly after faxing the signed LOI about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon. “They really pursued him hard.”

So did the Bulldogs, who had Carradine in for an official visit late last week. They felt like Carradine could help fill the void that could be left with the possible departure of junior Justin Houston to the NFL.

Click THIS LINK to this morning’s blog that will provide more details on Carradine and his career.

Meanwhile, Georgia continues to be in the hunt for John Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 340-pound defensive tackle/nose guard from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Bulldogs coaches will be meeting with Jenkins and his family in Connecticut this weekend. More on him later.

248 comments Add your comment

Robdawg

December 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

750,000.00 way to recruit!!!!!

naganole

December 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

Nothing on Fahrenkrug?? You don’t like me do you, Chip??? :(

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

naganole? why would you say I don’t like you?

Andrew

December 15th, 2010
1:53 pm

FSU just signed the #1 OL and DE in JUCO today!

nolerick93

December 15th, 2010
1:53 pm

Naganole- We did pick up Fahrenkrug last night. Two top JUCO’s for the Noles. Not too shabby.

PHIL

December 15th, 2010
1:53 pm

Geez, you can’t MAKE a kid come to UGA. Isn’t it ironic how many really top players put us second? I’d rather be 5th choice or 10th than second

Proud-Dawg

December 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

Adding Drew is more important, but Dawg fans wish “Tank” good luck at FSU. I hope Tank is successful on and off the field. We are waiting, and praying, on John Jenkins! Come to Athens, we need you!

On a side note, wasn’t Jakar Hamilton the #2 rated Juco player last year?

cptzzggyy

December 15th, 2010
1:55 pm

By the way, Chip. He chose from ‘among’ 3 schools, not ‘between’ 3 schools

Goldtimer

December 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

I wouldn’t pick Georgia either. BWAHAHAHA!!!

SoCal Dawg

December 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

And the dawgs lose another one.

Jonathan

December 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

Well he wouldn’t be part of the dream team anyways, lol CMR should be hoping for a lockout and AJ and Justin staying another year.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
1:57 pm

Before we start criticizing UGA we jumped in late never had shot FSU was in it from the beginning so don’t blame Grantham and coaching staff we are focused on Drew .

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

My question continues to be where are the ‘Noles going to put all these signees? They’re going to have to do some major roster re-shaping to fit them all in.

Jonathan

December 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

BTW how did the Jakar the “Hitman” work out for us last year ?

naganole

December 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

@nolerick93 I wanted Chip to include it in his article…

naganole

December 15th, 2010
2:00 pm

@Chip No more re-shaping is done. We’ve have a bunch of guys leave the program in the last 2 months. We have room for all we want now…

SoCal Dawg

December 15th, 2010
2:00 pm

For all those who think we (UGA) are on the verge of turning this thing around, when is it time to get worried?

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2010
2:01 pm

Chip, maybe Jimbo Fisher attended Nick Saban’s seminar.

layinlow

December 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

The reason we have finished second and third lately on some these kids final decisions is because Mark Richt and his staff are lazy. They either jump in late or don’t push as hard as the other schools. That edge that puts the top schools over the rest is lacking at the University of georgia. We have fallen to a middle of the road SEC school and I have serious doubts about this dream team.

Second Again!!!!

December 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

I’m sick of reading, picked whoever over UGA and whoever else…..

bigtime

December 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

Jimbo must have learned a few tricks from CNS. Nothing wrong with putting a few signees on last years class every year if you can. Roll Tide

naganole

December 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

@1eyedJack UGA has helped some people out the door this year, too. Do we really wanna get into this?

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2010
2:02 pm

SoCal Dawg, I think that is after the All-Star games.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
2:04 pm

That is my question to Chip someone with Noles is not going to happy we see this all the time when you over recruit .

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

naganole, don’t get your loin cloth in a wad. Was meant as more of a poke at Saban anyway.

Cobb Dawg

December 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m both a Dawg fan and a Seminole fan (by marriage), so I’m happy for FSU. But I suspect the Jenkins kid may be more important to UGA in the short term than Carradine.

SoCal Dawg

December 15th, 2010
2:06 pm

1eyedJack – I think it was right after the Colorado.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
2:07 pm

@RRTDawgs Over recruiting is bring accepting more kids than you can fit, al la when Ego Ferguson surprised Les Miles with his commitment and he told Elliott Porter thanks but no thanks. Neither FSU nor UGA is going to put a kid into that situation…

JaxDawg

December 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

Anybody who follows recruiting has known this guy was going to FSU. We need a NT more so then another LB. We need Jenkins!

ATLANTA

December 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

Iam sorry for this guy, he may end up not playing for the next 2 years since “noles” has a large group -in -waiting. They better watch out, UGA could have been a better place to play instanly

Sign of a desperate program

December 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

FSU will be on probation within 5 years. It is something about Jumbo Fisher that just does not sit well.

bigtime

December 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

Cobb Dawg….. spot on about Jenkins. He is, in my opinion, the most important defensive recruit for UGA this year. The value of a nose tackle in the 3-4 is huge.

Sandman053

December 15th, 2010
2:09 pm

Tank would have been nice, but I didn’t think he is critical. John Jenkins, Ray Drew, and others….new story.

gdawginkalamazoo

December 15th, 2010
2:10 pm

Dang Free Shoes are just too tempting. Richt was recruiting him to be a tight end.

Sandman053

December 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

lol bigtime we’re thinking along the same lines.

bigtime

December 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

He could’ve got free books at Bama

RichmondDawg

December 15th, 2010
2:12 pm

What is going on with the defensive guys we already have on campus? How are J. Jones and Samuel coming along? I saw we have a ton of young DE and LB who redshirted/didn’t play last year. Who looks to get some playing time next season? How is Stripling’s rehab going? @Chip, the rest of the regulars…

gdawginkalamazoo

December 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

Maybe if we get good enough we can face this kid in the Chick-Fil-A bowl next year and seek make him realize he should have made a different choice..

1eyedJack

December 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

Well, we lost out to FSU and were thought more of than OoSu. That’s at least honorable.

MURPHY

December 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

Cobb Dawg,

Over recruit? They will do just as Saban does-Medical Redshirts all over the Bama campus.This isnt illegal by NCAA rules.Its called working the system to your advantage.

Spike

December 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

Get Jenkins, damn it!!

Sandman053

December 15th, 2010
2:15 pm

LOL @ Bigtime: they might be free, but if they are from Bama bet those books aren’t used.

MURPHY

December 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

Cant get em all-Just make sure you get your share of em.

El Dawg

December 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

Guys relax.

UGA has its targets and its all about sticking to the plan. Plenty of times UGA or anyother team will flirt with other prospects to get a read on their main targets. It happens all the time, relax, you will see UGA get theirs in the All-Start games coming up. Stay tuned.

MURPHY

December 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Sandman053,

No the coloring books are free!

naganole

December 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Wanna see if Jimbo can really close? Clowney is a USCe lock. He’s coming to FSU for an OV Jan 7-9th. Pull Clowney, and no one will ever again question our staff… :D

MURPHY

December 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

naganole,

What’s Jimbo doing down there? He offering all recruits a week in his and Muschamps time share condo?

TomahawkNation.com

December 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

Chip, there are a lot of kids who will be graduating and moving on, plus three or four kids who suffered career-ending injuries.

FSU currently has 73 scholarship players.
Noles lose 9 to graduation. That’s 66.
Three guys won’t take a 5th year. 66-3=63.
Four have career ending injuries. 63-4= 59.
You always have 1 or 2 transfer for playing time or discipline or grades. 59-2= 57

FSU will sign 28. 28+57=85. No oversigning by FSU.

Hope that helps.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
2:23 pm

@MURPHY Working night and day. Our staff is very driven, and we have some excellent recruiters. James Coley, Eddie Gran, Lawrence Dawsey (who has single-handedly helped FSU take the best recruit out of the Tampa area the last two years in Christian Green in ‘10 and James Wilder, Jr in ‘11), and Odell Haggins. We work non stop…

Sandman053

December 15th, 2010
2:23 pm

ONE thing Jimbo is doing down there….HE whipped Florida.