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Florida State's 2001 Recruiting Class

Florida State's 2001 Recruiting Class

Player Bios

Xavier Beitia
5-10, 180, PK
Tampa, FL (Jesuit)
One of the top kickers, if not the best, in the state of Florida…perfect on nine attempts inside of 50 yards and went 31 for 32 in extra point attempts as a senior at Tampa's Jesuit High…listed on Max Emfingers' Top 100 recruits…also listed on Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100.

Eric Broe
6-6, 290, Offensive Line
Nocross, Ga. (Wesleyan)
Named first-team Class A All-State as a senior at Wesleyan…played offensive tackle in high school…one of the biggest offensive lineman in Georgia…given a four-star rating and a No. 12 rank of all prep offensive linemen by rivals100.com…named to Max Emfingers' Nifty 150 a listing of the top 150 prospects in the country…selected to BorderWars list of Top 100 players…member of Atlanta Constitution's Super Southern 100…coach Will Jackson times Broe at a 4.9, 40 yard dash…bench presses 300 pounds and squats 600 pounds…played offense and defense in high school…started at right tackle in the National All-Star game in Dallas, Texas..

Milford Brown
6-3, 315, Offensive Line
East Mississippi JC (Montgomery, AL)
Regarded as one of the top junior college linemen in the nation...projected to play center or guard at Florida State…already enrolled at Florida State ...chose FSU over Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State.

James Buchanan
6-2, 235, RB
Sarasota, FL (Cardinal Mooney)
Florida's top pure fullback prospect and may be the top prospect at the position in the nation…listed on Max Emfinger's Top 100 and on the Florida Times Union Super 75…carried the ball 115 times for 695 yards and six scores as a senior at Cardinal Mooney…also caught three passes for 45 yards and one TD...great speed for his size...chose FSU over Florida, Texas and Boston College.

Donnie Carter
6-4, 240, Defensive Line
Waycross, Ga. (Ware Co.)
Part of an impressive incoming class of defensive linemen…ranked 14th on Tom Lemming's Top-25 defensive linemen from Prep Football Report…totaled 79 tackles, 10 sacks, six knockdowns and 10 caused fumbles on his way to earning All-South Georgia honors in his senior year…standout athlete who is also a power forward in basketball … given a three-star rating in BorderWars.com's recruiting profiles…recorded 50 tackles and three sacks as a junior…decided on FSU after attending the Clemson-FSU game.

Jerome Carter
6-0, 208, Defensive Back
Lake City, FL (Columbia)
One of the top players in the nation and one of the top prospects in the state of Florida…a two-time first team all-state selection…recorded 77 tackles (50 solo) on defense as a senior…rushed for 811 yards on 83 carries (9.9 yards per carry) and scored 11 touchdowns…also caught 29 passes for 601 yards and seven touchdowns during senior year at Columbia…had 119 tackles while rushing for 777 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior…tops the Gainesville Sun's list of the state's best players…named one of the 25 best players in the country by Max Emfinger who also included him on his national Nifty 150 list…Border Wars named him the third best safety prospect in the nation…named to Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Constitution Super Southern 100…named one of Rivals.com Top 100…voted Class 5A District Player of the Year by the Florida Association of Coaches…bench presses over 300 pounds.

Marcello Church
6-1, 190, Linebacker
St. Petersburg, FL (Lakewood)
Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the state…member of Max Emfinger's Top 100…had an impressive senior season at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg…also played running back and rushed for 1,089 yards as a senior.

Chauncey Davis
6-1, 235, Linebacker
Auburndale, FL (Auburndale)
First team all-state class 4A…listed among Max Emfinger's Top 100 players…first team All-American on Rivals.com team…listed among the top 20 national prospects by Rivals…member of Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Journal Constitutions Super Southern 100…great athlete with a 41-inch vertical jump…played in national all-star game in Dallas…will also play in this summer's CaliFlorida Bowl…rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a senior. Did not qualify.

B.J. Dean
5-11, 235, Linebacker
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Central)
As a junior, he made 76 solo tackles and 56 assisted tackles…made 200 tackles as a senior at Central High School…only middle linebacker expected to sign with Florida State…earned all-state accolades following his junior year…reported to have a 400-pound bench press…given a two-star rating by rivals100.com…chose FSU over LSU and Mississippi State …

Kyler Hall
6-1, 183, Defensive Back
Live Oak, FL (Suwanee)
Florida class 3A Player of the Year...first team class 3A All-State selection...named to Florida Times Union Super 75…completed 127 of 208 passes for 1,733 yards and 14 TD's as a quarterback…also rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns...credited with 95 tackles (51 solo), four tackles for loss, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries at safety…also an honor student.

Matt Heinz
6-5, 260, Offensive Line
Tallahassee, FL (N. Fla. Christian)
First team class A All-State…named to Max Emfinger's Top 100 prospects in the state of Florida…listed on Florida Times Union's Super 75…Atlanta Journal and Constitution ranked him on the Super Southern 100…graded out at 93 percent during senior season…can bench press 370 pounds and runs a 4.7…helped lead NFC to three consecutive state titles…chose FSU over Florida.

Andrew Henry-Kennon
6-4, 285, Offensive Line
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln)
Top offensive line prospect who graded out at 82 percent with 34 "roach blocks" and 32 "decleaters" as a senior at Lincoln...named one of the top 150 players in the nation on Max Emfinger's Nifty 150…listed on Emfinger's Top 100 for the state of Florida…also listed on Border Wars Top 100 rankings…member of Florida Times Union Super 75 and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution's Southern Super 100…third team class 6A all-state selection.

Matt Henshaw
6-4, 208, Quarterback
Brentwood, TN (Brentwood)
Completed 169 of 269 passes (57 %) for 2,173 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior season under head coach Jack Daniels…passed for over 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior…named second-team class 5A all-state…father (George Henshaw) was an FSU assistant coach from 1976-1982 and has coached with several NFL teams…currently a member of the Tennessee Titans coaching staff…timed 4.65 in the 40-yard dash at three camps last summer (FSU, Alabama and Tennessee)…picked FSU over ACC rival Clemson.

Paul Irons
6-2, 240, Runningback
New Orleans, LA (St. Augustine)
Played guard in high school but recruited by Florida State as a fullback…runs a 4.8 40yd dash and bench presses 300 pounds…tremendous potential as a pounding fullback…selected Florida State over Louisiana State, Mississippi and Tulane…comes from same high school as defensive end Roland Seymour, who graduated in the fall.

Willie Jones, Jr.
6-1, 200, Linebacker
Miami, FL (Carol City)
One of the top linebacker prospects in the country…set a state record with 32 quarterback sacks this season…credited with 168 tackles and eight fumble recoveries from his outside linebacker spot…already bench presses over 335 pounds…Max Emfinger lists him among this nifty 150 as one of the top players in the country…SuperPrep places him among the Top 15 overall prospects in the country…also made Emfinger's Top 25 prospects list…made Rivals' list of Top 100 players…Border Wars also listed him among Top 100…Florida Times Union placed him on their Super 75…Atlanta Constitution listed him on Southern Super 100… Tom Lemming of Prep Football Report lists Jones as one of the top recruits to come to Florida State…is listed as No. 10 in the Top-25 linebackers list by Lemming…son of former FSU defensive end Willie Jones.

Ron Lunford
6-5, 324, Offensive Line
Jacksonville, FL (White)
Ranked 13th on Tom Lemming's espn.com Top-25 offensive linemen…did not play as a junior, but came on strong in his senior season …ranked as the third-best prep offensive lineman in the country by BorderWars.com, given a five-star rating by the recruiting web site…first team All-American by Rivals and was ranked as the 18th best player nationally…named to Max Emfinger's Top 25 players nationally…listed on Florida Times Union's Super 75…also listed on Atlanta Journal Constitution Southern Super 100…earned all-city and all-state mention for his play at offensive tackle…power blocker with quick feet and great body control…bench-presses 405…nickname is "Lucky" … picked FSU over Auburn, Florida, Miami and Georgia.

Joe Mauer
6-4, 205, Quarterback
St. Paul, MN (Cretin-Derham)
Gatorade National High School Player of the Year…Parade and USA Today Player of the Year…also a Reebok/ESPN All-American…member of Max Emfinger's Nifty 150…also made Rivals.com Top 100…as a senior, completed 178 of 288 passes (61.8 pct) for 3,022 yards and a state-record tying 41 TD's…led his high school team to two straight appearances in the Minnesota Class 5A championship game…projected to be a first-round draft pick in upcoming Major League Baseball draft…in the five games of the national team trials tournament, Mauer led all players in batting average, hits, runs scored, doubles, total bases and on-base percentage. Mauer finished the trials batting .550 (11-for-20) with nine runs scored and three RBI…of his 11 hits, four were doubles…averages almost 20 points per game for his high school basketball team…from same high school as FSU's Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke…chose Florida State over Miami, Arizona and Minnesota.

Robert May
6-1, 242, Linebacker
Mt. San Antonio JC

Late JUCO transfer. Holds the Illinois high school record of tackles in a season with 243. In his first season at Mount Sac May recorded 78 tackles leading his team to the top rated junior college defense in California. In his sophomore year he turned in a team-leading 11 sacks and 92 tackles. He also runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and recorded a 10.7 100 meter run in high school. The strength is also there as May boasts a bench press of 425-pounds.

Matt Meinrod
6-4, 275, Offensive Line
Tarpon Springs, FL (East Lake)
A three-star offensive lineman, as rated by Borderwars.com collegiate recruiting site…one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida…made both the Florida Top 100 and the national Nifty 150 lists by Max Emfinger…named to Florida Times Union Super 75…also a member of the Atlanta Constitutions' Super Southern 100…could play either guard or center for the Seminoles…graded out at over 90% last season…runs a reported 4.8 40-yard dash and bench presses 405 pounds…has a 32" vertical leap…selected Florida State over Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia…first-team all-state as a senior.

Adrian McPherson
6-3, 178, Quarterback
Bradenton, FL (Bradenton Southeast)
Named Mr. Football for the state of Florida and has a chance to be Mr. Basketball as well…Gatorade Florida Player of the Year…first team class 4A all-state…passed for 3,727 yards on 217 of 355 (61 pct) passing with 42 TD's and rushed for 765 yards and eight rushing TD's as a senior…passed for 75 TD's and 6,161 yards over the past two seasons…selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA…Max Emfinger named him one of their Super 25 and also to their Nifty 150 national list…Border Wars selected him to their Top 100 team…made Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Constitution Super Southern 100…selected to Gainesville Sun Top 10 list… averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists a game including games of 59, 56, 52, 49 and 46 points in basketball during his junior year…broke his single-game scoring record in basketball with 59 points vs. East Bay…played outfield for his American Legion baseball team that won a state championship last summer…hails from the same high school as former FSU star Peter Warrick and current Seminole Todd Williams…chose FSU over North Carolina.

Ray Piquion
5-11, 200, Linebacker
Miami, FL (Miami Lakes)
Graduated early from Miami Lakes and enrolled at Florida State in January…can participate in spring drills…named second-team all-state as a senior …Max Emfinger listed him on both his national Nifty 150 and state of Florida Top 100…selected by Florida Times Union to their Super 75 team…made 133 tackles as a junior…has a 35" vertical leap…clocked at 4.47 in the 40…selected FSU over a number of other schools, including Miami, Nebraska and Penn State.

Willie Reid
5-10, 175, Running back
Warner Robins, GA (Warner Robins)
Voted the state's Offensive Player of the Year…clocked at a 4.50 40-yard dash time…selected FSU over Georgia and Florida…ran for 5,346 yards and scored 65 touchdowns in his career at Warner Robins high school…named to Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team…BorderWars Top 100 selection…had 1,864 rushing yards in his senior year and rushed for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior year…Reid is also a standout punt returner…bench presses 250 and has a 35" vertical leap.

Dominic Robinson
6-1, 192, Defensive Back
Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar) One of the best cover corner prospects in the nation…this season he picked off 10 passes, broke up 20 others and recorded 93 tackles…played both free safety and cornerback during the season…named MVP of national all-star game played in December in Dallas, TX…Rivals.com named him to it's 11 member defensive All-America team…made Reebok/ESPN first team All-America…ranked as the nation's second best prospect by SuperPrep…listed eight nationally by Rivals 100…selected by Max Emfinger to the Nifty 150…picked off eight passes, returning one of them back for a touchdown as a junior…..had three interceptions, including one for a touchdown, to help lead Diamond Bar to a California Interscholastic Federation Division II championship game victory as a sophomore…also caught 24 passes for 722 yards and nine touchdowns last season…chose Florida State over Tennessee and Washington.

Gerard Ross
6-2, 190, Defensive Back
Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian)
One of Florida's premier athletes who played both ways…threw for 1,700 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior…also gained 900 yards rushing and scored 11 rushing touchdowns…recorded eight interceptions, 71 stops, two sacks, three interceptions, six knockdowns and had 46 tackles from his safety spot…named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team…named to Max Emfinger's Nifty 150 nationally…Border Wars selected him among their Top 100 prospects…also made Rivals.com's Top 100 list…member of Florida Times Union's Super 75…tabbed by Atlanta Constitution as a Super Southern selection…runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range and has a 37-inch vertical leap…selected the Seminoles over Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama and Miami.

P.K. Sam
6-3, 185, Wide Receiver
Buford, GA (Buford)
Had 39 catches for 1,067 yards, averaging 27.4 yards per catch…added nine touchdowns (two rushing) and two return touchdowns, as well as 91 tackles and five interceptions at free safety during his senior year…named first team Class A all-state…named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team…named to Max Emfinger's Nifty 150 nationally…also made Rivals.com's Top 100 list…member of Florida Times Union's Super 75…tabbed by Atlanta Constitution as a Super Southern selection…earned conference and county Player of the Year accolades…Coach Dexter Wood reports 40 speed at 4.42…won the state title in the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles in his senior track and field season…also played basketball in high school…led team to a 13-2 record and a state runner up finish as a junior…also saw time at punter and averaged 35.2 yards per punt.

Eric Shelton
6-3, 230, Running back
Lexington, KY (Bryan Station)
First team USA Today and Parade All-American… a SuperPrep Elite 50 member…selected all-america by Reebok/ESPN…Border Wars selected him among their Top 100 prospects…also made Rivals.com's Top 100 list…tabbed by Atlanta Constitution as a Super Southern selection…named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team…scored 32 touchdowns and averaged over 10 yards per carry…rushed for 4,970 yards and 59 TD's over his career and was a two-time state class 4A Player of the Year…totaled 129 tackles, 41 tackles for losses and 11 QB sacks during his prep career at linebacker…also played defensive end…has a 36-inch vertical leap and bench presses 350 pounds…an all-state track performer competing in the high hurdles, triple jump and 4x100 relay.

Craphonso Thorpe
6-2, 185, Wide Receiver
Tallahassee, FL (Lincoln)
USA Today All-USA second team…first team class 6A all-state…64 passes for 1,025 yards and 8 TDs…returned two kick-offs and two punts for touchdowns…recorded 24 tackles, three interceptions, 14 pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries at cornerback…caught five passes for 69 yards in national All-Star game…won state title with Lincoln in 1999…named to Max Emfinger's Nifty 150 nationally… also made Rivals.com's Top 100 list…member of Florida Times Union's Super 75…tabbed by Atlanta Constitution as a Super Southern selection named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team…timed at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash…chose FSU over Florida, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

Justin Tomerlin
6-5, 240, Tight End
San Clemente, CA (San Clemente)
Tomerlin is the only tight end among FSU's 2001 signing class…explosive player who has recorded 40 sacks over the past two years to go with 52 tackles for losses as a high school defensive end…very agile, he has played fullback, offensive tackle and tight end on offense…bench presses 345 pounds…collected 59 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss and eight hurries in his senior year…Coach Eric Patton reports 40-yard dash speed to be 4.75…played in both the National All-Star game as well as the CaliFlorida Bowl…also played blocking back and tight end on offense in high school. Did not qualify.

Blake Williams
6-4, 270, Offensive Line
Kissimee, FL (Osceola)
Brother of FSU starting offensive tackle Brett Williams…will join one of the top offensive line classes in the country…selected FSU over Clemson, Florida and South Carolina…first-team Class A all-state offensive lineman as a senior…named to Max Emfinger's Top 100…timed at a 4.80 40-yard dash…missed much of his sophomore and junior seasons due to a knee injury and a ruptured appendix…will likely play offensive guard at FSU.

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