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2007 Signing Class
2007 Florida State Football Signees
Dionte Allen (Committed on 08/09/06)
Rated the 40th-best prospect in America by Rivals...Rivals lists him as the fifth-best cornerback prospect in the nation and a four-star prospect...PrepStar Top 100 prospect...named the second-best prospect out of Michigan by Rivals...Scouts, Inc. called him an "outstanding prospect"...Tom Lemming has him listed as the fourth-best corner in this class...rated the fourth-best prospect in the state by The Detroit News...clocked at 4.4 in the 40...led St. Mary's to the playoffs all four seasons playing receiver and cornerback...54 tackles and two interceptions as a senior...had five interceptions as a junior and seven as a sophomore...caught 22 balls for 314 yards and one TD...2006 all-state defensive back...the first junior captain in 18 years at St. Mary's and the first two-time captain...won a 2006 state title as a member of the 4x200 relay team...four-year varsity letter winner as a shooting guard on the St. Mary's basketball team...chose FSU over offers from Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State.
Bernard Brinson (Committed on 10/22/06)
5-10, 169, CB
Madison, FL (Madison County)
Rivals has him rated as the 31st-best cornerback in the nation...he is also rated No. 51 among the top prospects in the state of Florida...PrepStar All-Region... top 100 prospect in the state of Florida by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel...played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game...2007 Florida Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Class 2A All-State first team...posted the fifth-best shuttle time among all defensive backs at the 2006 Athens NIKE Training Camp...called a sleeper of the week prospect by USAToday last year...ran the 40 in 4.61 and has a 33" vertical leap...scored a TD four different ways his senior season at Madison County HS...returned five punts for TD's as a senior...chose FSU over offers from Nebraska, South Carolina, West Virginia and Marshall.
Brian Coulter (Committed on 11/05/06)
6-4, 255, DL
Poplarville, MS (Pearl River CC)
Regarded as one of the top linemen in Mississippi Junior College football this season...Rivals rates him No. 47 among Junior College prospects and has him listed as a three-star prospect...second team junior college all-state as a freshman...recorded 50 tackles, 14 for loss and 13 sacks in 2006...a leading tackler in his area since his freshman year at Baker High School in Baton Rouge, LA...named district MVP as a senior in high school...chose FSU over offers from Ohio State, Iowa State and Baylor...was also recruited by Miami, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Florida and Alabama among others.
Taiwan Easterling (Committed on 03/1/07)
5-11, 192, ATH
Hattiesburg, MS (Oak Grove)
Rated a three-star athlete by Rivals...a former quarterback at Magee High School, Easterling transferred to Oak Grove his senior year and played wide receiver...caught 69 balls for 1,204 yards and 17 TD's...also rushed 15 times for 124 yards adding four more TD's...averaged over eight yards per carry...named one of the top 30 prospects in Southern Mississippi by The Sun Herald...second team all-state as a senior by the Clarion Ledger...accounted for over 2,000 yards of offense as a junior quarterback at Magee...named to the "Dandy Dozen" as a baseball player...clocked at 4.5 in the 40.
Will Furlong (Committed on 07/22/06)
6-5, 275, OT
DeLand, FL (DeLand)
Member of the Rivals.com Florida Top 100 and a three-star prospect....the 31st-best offensive tackle in 2007 according to Rivals and one of the top 50 players overall in the state of Florida...PrepStar All-Region... Florida Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State first team...All-Volusia first team in 2007...all-county selection as a junior...scored a 1290 on the math and verbal sections of the SAT...chose FSU over offers from West Virginia, Ole Miss and UCF.
A.J. Ganguzza (Committed on 01/29/07)
6-3, 255, C
Boca Raton, FL (Boca Raton West)
Florida Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State honorable mention selection...Scouts, Inc. lists him as one of the top 100 offensive guards in America...benches 315 pounds and has a 24" vertical leap...was recruited by Syracuse and Connecticut and offered scholarships by FIU and FAU.
Antwane Greenlee (Committed on 02/07/07)
6-6, 302, OT
Columbus, GA (Hardaway)
Four-star offensive tackle that Rivals has as the fifth-best player at his position this year...a member of the Rivals 100 as he is the 65th-rated prospect in America...Rivals lists Greenlee as the third-best prospect in Georgia...Scouts Inc. has Greenlee as the 28th-best offensive tackle...2006 GACA All-Star...Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All Bi-City First Team...Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Dandy Dozen Selection...PrepSport All-American and All-Star Team Selection...runs the 40 in 5.1 and has a 21" vertical leap...chose FSU over Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Clemson and Mississippi.
Aaron Gresham (Committed on 01/21/07)
6-2, 222, LB
Mayo, FL (Lafayette)
Rated as one of the Top 100 players in Florida and a three-star prospect by Rivals...Rivals has him listed as the 31st-best inside linebacker prospect in the nation...Florida Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Class 1A All-State first team...FSWA first team selection for three straight years...as a senior he recorded 120 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and six sacks...named the Gainesville Sun's Small School Player of the Year...helped lead Lafayette to a district championship...chose FSU over offers from Louisville, Michigan State, USF, UCF and FIU.
Anthony Grosso (Committed on 01/22/07)
6-6, 290, OT
Matawan, NJ (Matawan)
One of the Top 20 players in New Jersey and a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com...Rivals rates him the 64th-best offensive tackle prospect in 2007...PrepStar All-Region...benches 435, squats 485, has a 25" vertical leap...high school GPA of 3.96...named All-Monmouth second team track and field in the discus...chose FSU over offers from Rutgers, Purdue, Duke, Vanderbilt and Northwestern.
Maurice Harris (Committed on 02/07/07)
6-0, 189, OLB
Homestead, FL (Homestead)
Rivals Top 100 in the state of Florida and a three-star prospect...Rivals lists him as one of the top 40 outside linebackers in the nation in 2007...ran the 40 in 4.4, benches 300 pounds and has a 35" vertical leap...won the Spark competition at the NIKE combine in Miami finishing first among 400 athletes...had 112 tackles, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles, and one1 interception in 2006...named first team All-Dade, first team all-state, Defensive MVP, Homestead News Leader's All-Star Team and was selected to play in the All-American Bowl and Dade/Broward All-star classic...also wrestled in high school winning the Dade County wrestling tournament...chose FSU over North Carolina, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Rutgers, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
Jonathan Hannah (Committed on 02/08/07)
6-4, 260, TE
Louisburg, NC (Louisburg)
Rated the nation's fourth-best tight end coming out of high school...former Rivals100 member and a four-star prospect...was rated the sixth-best prospect in the state of North Carolina as a high school senior...a SuperPrep All-American as a senior in high school...named first team all-state as a junior and senior at South View High...caught 36 balls and scored four touchdowns as a senior...also played on the defensive side of the ball where he had 106 tackles, 12 sacks, 19 QB hurries and four fumble recoveries...led his team to a 14-1 record and a spot in the Class 4AA State Championship game...enrolled at South Carolina and played in three games as a freshman...left the Gamecocks and enrolled at Louisburg College...benches 350 pounds and squats 480...timed at 4.75 in the 40-yard dash...played his high school ball in Hope Mills, NC...chose FSU over NC State.
Zach Hillery (Committed on 09/18/06)
6-4, 315, OG
Chatham, VA (Hargrave Military Academy)
Rivals.com Top 20 Prep School and a three-star prospect...ranked 18th among the top 50 prep school prospects...played at Winter Springs High School...timed at 4.9 in the 40.
Rodney Hudson (Committed on 01/31/07)
6-2, 276, OG/C
Mobile, AL (B.C. Rain)
PrepStar All-Region...three-star lineman by Rivals.com...rated the 17th-best center in the nation and the 24th-best overall player in Alabama...first team all-state selection as a senior...graded 95% on his blocking with 47 pancakes...also played defense, recording 55 tackles as an interior lineman...ran a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash...benches 315 and squats 415...vertical jump measured at 28 inches...chose FSU over offers from West Virginia, Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi, South Florida and Southern Miss.
Jamar Jackson (Committed on 12/15/06)
6-4, 225, LB
Richmond, VA (Varina)
Four-star prospect and the sixth-highest rated weakside defensive end in the country according to Rivals.com...PrepStar All-American...rated as third-best overall prospect in Virginia...ran a 4.65 in the 40...63 tackles and nine sacks this past season when he was named first team All-Capital district at defensive end...55 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and one interception as a junior playing safety...received offers from nine schools including Louisville, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Boston College and NC State.
Jatavious Jackson (Committed on 02/07/07)
6-4, 270, OL
Belle Glade, FL (Glades Central)
Rivals Top 100 in the state of Florida and a three-star prospect...Scouts Inc. lists him 20th at his position...one of the top 50 offensive tackle prospects in the nation this year according to Rivals...FSWAA 2006 All-State third team...named the 46th-best senior in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel...ran a 5.53 40-yard dash and has a 21.5" vertical...chose FSU over Clemson, Florida, West Virginia, Ole Miss and USF.
Markish Jones (Committed on 02/07/07)
6-0, 183, WR
Spartanburg, SC (Broome)
Ranked the #11 prospect in South Carolina by SuperPrep...offensive MVP for the South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl...rated the #8 recruit in the state by Rivals.com...listed in the South Carolina Top-40 by TigerIllustrated.com; ranked #7...listed as the #47 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com...named All-Region by PrepStar...rated the #28 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...Orlando Sentinel All-Southern football team...four-star prospect out of Broome High School in Spartanburg... ran the fastest 40 of any receiver at the Clemson NIKE Training Camp and had the seventh-fastest time overall...played on both sides of the ball at the wide receiver and safety positions...had 550 receiving yards and five touchdowns his junior Year...also had 28 tackles and five pass break-ups...accumulated 40 receptions for 1,030 yards, and 13 touchdowns his senior year at wide receiver...also had five interceptions and nine pass deflections at the safety position...standout in track, he was a four-event state champion in track in 2006, the 100, 200, 400 and long jump...chose Florida State over Clemson, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Brandon Paul (Committed on 02/07/07)
5-10, 185, ATH
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln)
Four-star prospect rated 25th overall in Florida by Rivals...the 20th-best athlete in America...Scouts, Inc. lists Paul as the 15th-best receiving prospect in the nation...ESPN150 prospect who is listed at No. 81...offensively he rushed for 586 yards and eight touchdowns and had 583 receiving yards and six touchdowns...compiled 564 return yards and three touchdowns...defensively Paul totaled 21 tackles, six pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and two interceptions... timed at 4.4 in the 40...bench presses 275 pounds, squats 405 and has a vertical jump of 38"...chose FSU over Florida, Tennessee, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, UCLA and Illinois.
Shawn Powell (Committed on 02/05/07)
6-5, 215, KS
Rome, GA (Darlington Prep)
As a senior, he hit 11-of-12 field goal attempts and averaged 51 yards a punt...chose FSU over VMI...a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com...also received interest from Georgia.
Bert Reed (Committed on 02/05/07)
5-11, 165, ATH
Panama City, FL (Bay)
Four-star athlete who ranks in the top 25 overall in the state of Florida...a Rivals250 member and the 18th-highested rated athlete prospect this season according to Rivals...timed at 4.4 in the 40 with a 33" vertical leap...played QB at Bay High School and threw for 2,500 yards and rushed for 1,200 with 16 combined touchdowns...Scouts Inc. calls Reed an `electrifying speedster in space and a nightmare to handle one-on-one in the open field"...FSWAA Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State as a quarterback...chose FSU over Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, West Virginia, NC State and USF.
Kendall Smith (Committed on 07/16/06)
6-1, 207, LB
Bushnell, FL (South Sumter)
PrepStar All-American...four-star prospect and on of the top 50 overall prospects in America by Rivals.com...member of the Rivals100 where he is ranked 45th...Rivals rates him the second-best outside linebacker in this year's class...ranked seventh overall in the state of Florida and the best player at his position in the state...recorded a team-high six tackles for the East in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Ft. Lauderdale...2007 Florida Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Class 2A All-State first team...timed at 4.5 in the 40 with a 28" vertical...district 4 (2A) MVP...defensive leader for a team that reached the Class 2A state championship game...in 14 games, he had 156 total tackles, three sacks, and two caused fumbles...also made it to state in track (throwing the shot put and discus)...chose FSU over offers from Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss, USF, Iowa State and UCF.
Cameron Wade (Committed on 07/11/06)
6-4, 180, WR
Cairo, GA (Cairo)
PrepStar All-Region...three-star prospect and the 55th-highest rated receiver in America by Rivals.com...named to Rivals' Georgia Top 50 list (33rd)...one of the most explosive wideouts in the south according to PrepStar magazine...ran one of the 20 best 40's at the 2006 NIKE Gainesville Training Camp among receivers...had 30 receptions for over 600 yards and two touchdowns his senior year...as a junior he had 600 yards receiving as well to go along with six touchdowns...chose FSU over offers from Clemson, Kentucky and Louisville.
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