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Florida State's 2000 Recruiting Class

Seminoles 2000 Class

Offense

Chris Rix
6-4, 210, Quarterback
Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita)

One of the top quarterback prospects in the country...a mobile quarterback who threw for over 900 yards and rushed for over 550 yards and six touchdowns as a senior...was second on the team in receiving yards with 288 and led the team in touchdown receptions with three...caught just 10 passes as a senior but was recognized as a second team All-Serra League at wide receiver...named to PrepStar's 1999 Top 100 (No. 7 quarterback) Dream Team and rated the No. 15 prospect in the Western Region by the same publication...earned honorable mention All-USA honors from USA Today...listed as the No. 5 quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com...named the MVP of the Nike Combine at USC in May of 1999...participated in the "Elite 11" QB clinic along with other national level QB prospects and was considered to have the strongest arm in the group...threw a football over 70 yards at one of Florida State's summer camps...clocked in at 4.5 in the 40...one of three pre-season All-Americans to ever come out of Rancho Santa Margarita (Carson Palmer, 1997, USC) and (Sean O'Brien, 1992, Arizona)...chose FSU over Southern California, Washington and Arizona State.

Fabian Walker
6-2, 205, Quarterback
Americus, GA (Americus)

Joins Kendyll Pope, B.J. Ward and Javon Walker as a spring enrollee after meeting academic standards...talented quarterback who last year stacked up among the best in the country...set the Georgia state record for career passing yards (8,281 yards) and touchdowns (81)...a USA Today All-USA honorable mention selection...earned Georgia high school player of the year as well as class 2A all-state honors following his senior year...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 and Georgia Top 50 teams...selected to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team...rated the No. 16 player in the Southeast and No. 43 nationwide by Tom Lemming...listed as the state of Georgia's No. 3 prospect by Bill Buchalter...ranked the No. 66 recruit nationally by theTampa Tribune....finished his senior season with 3,187 yards passing and 30 touchdowns...totaled over 8,100 yards and 80 TD over his career...speed reported at 4.6 in the 40... former teammate at Americus of current Seminole defensive end Alonzo Jackson...selected FSU over Georgia and Central Florida.

Greg Jones
6-1, 225, Tailback
Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek)

Outstanding two-way player in high school who will play running back at Florida State... rushed for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior at Battery Creek...registered seven sacks in limited action on defense as a senior......named All-State as a senior...reported a 4.5 in the 40 and a 365-pound bench press...SuperPrep's No. 12 running back nationally and No. 3 prospect in South Carolina...listed as the No. 8 prospect (No. 1 linebacker) in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar...Rivals100.com's No. 6 running back....G&W's No. 6 ACC-area prospect...Atlanta Journal Constitution SuperSouthern 100 selection...competes in sprints for high school track team...cousin of former boxing champion Joe Frazier....selected FSU over Clemson, Michigan, South Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Michael Boulware
6-3, 200, Wide Receiver
Columbia, SC (Spring Valley)

South Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year...a versatile athelte who can play both offense and defense...expected to play wide receiver at Florida State...caught 56 passes for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed 31 times for 362 yards and three touchdowns on offense as a senior at Spring Valley....as a linebacker, cornerback and safety during senior year he recorded 91 tackles (71 solo), had 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, one interception, three caused fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and three blocked kicks...a USA Today All-USA honorable mention selection...member of the Orlando Sentinel 's All-South team...an all-state selection in South Carolina as a senior...named High School Sporting Report's South Carolina Player of the Year...member of the South Carolina all-decade team...rated SuperPrep's No. 6 "skill athlete"...listed as the No. 12 prospect (No. 2 linebacker) in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar ...Rivals100.com's No. 33 linebacker nationally...G&W's No. 5 ACC-area prospect...selected to play in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl...reported speed of 4.44 in the 40...younger brother of former Seminole all-american and current Baltimore Raven All-Pro Peter Boulware...chose FSU over Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Devard Darling
6-3, 195, Wide Receiver
Houston, TX (Austin)

One of the top prospects in the state of Texas at wide receiver...possessess excellent size and speed...played in a run-oriented offense at Austin...clocked by high school coaches at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash...... named to the all-district team...regarded as the nation's No. 24 wide receiver and the No. 28 prospect in Texas by SuperPrep...listed as the No. 51 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals100.com... missed three games during senior season with turf-toe...twin brother Devaughn is a linebacker in the FSU 2000 signing class....the two selected FSU over Texas A&M.

Javon Walker
6-3, 190, Wide Receiver
Lafeyette, LA (Jones MS J.C.)

Already enrolled at Florida State and will participate in spring practice...considered by many the top junior college receiver in the country...caught 96 passes for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns in two years at Jones...listed as the No. 5 junior college prospect by SuperPrep...a PrepStar Super Juco Top 75 selection.

Alex Barron
6-8, 297, Offensive Line
Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)

A standout offensive lineman with both size and quickness...PrepStar and Football News All-American...named to PrepStar's 1999 Top 100 (No. 3 offensive lineman) Dream Team...listed as the No. 5 prospect in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar...named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team...SuperPrep's No. 15 offensive lineman...rated as the No. 19 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals100.com...G&W's No. 3 ACC-area prospect...Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year...graded out at better than 92 percent and had 61 pancake blocks as a senior...also played basketball in high school...reported a 320-pound bench press and a time of 5.1 in the 40-yard dash...chose FSU over Notre Dame, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

David Castillo
6-2, 285, Offensive Line
Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach Gardens)

Named District Player of the Year as an offensive lineman....a dominant run-blocker in high school who projects to be a guard or center at Florida State...recorded 77 pancakes and helped Palm Beach Gardens rush for over 2,700 yards in 1999...bench press reported to be over 350 lbs...selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...competed in weightlifting and wrestling at Palm Beach Gardens...selected FSU over Kansas State, Colorado State, Indiana and Marshall.

Bobby Meeks
6-3, 285, Offensive Line
Aldine, TX (Nimitz)

One of the top offensive line prospects in Texas...a three-year starter at Nimitz, a school that has sent 73 players to Division I or I-AA football programs over the past five years...reported to have benched 380 pounds, squat 550 pounds and run a 4.9, 40-yard dash...earned all-district honors as a senior...selected to the 1999 Top 100 Dream Team by PrepStar ... regarded as the No. 18 offensive lineman in the nation by PrepStar ...ranked No. 17 on the Super 30 All-Midlands Region team by PrepStar....ranks 47th on the Austin American-Statesman's list of Texas' top 100 prospects...member of Texas' "Super Team" as one of the states top five linemen according to Dave Campbell...No. 65 offensive lineman in the country according to Rivals100.com...chose FSU over Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Ray Willis
6-6, 275, Offensive Line
Angelton, TX (Angelton)

Another highly recruited offensive lineman out of the state of Texas...will improve with time in the weight room as frame would allow for an additional 15-20 pounds...an intense player with quick feet for an offensive lineman...high school team ran a west coast style offense...an all-district selection as a senior... an honorable mention 5A all-state selection....SuperPrep's No. 28 offensive lineman and No. 36 prospect in Texas....listed as the No. 34 offensive lineman by Rivals100.com... a Midlands Region honorable mention selection by PrepStar...high school coaches clocked him at 4.95 in the 40 with a bench press of 350 lbs...has been compared in Texas to former NFL lineman Terry Tausch who played at UT...chose FSU over Texas A&M, Purdue, Tulane, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Seminoles 2000 Class

Defense

Travis Johnson
6-5, 240, Defensive Line
Sherman Oaks, CA (Notre Dame)

Regarded by many as the best player in the country...had 104 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 17 sacks as a senior as well as eight blocked kicks (4 punts, 2 FG's and 2 PAT's)....one of four Parade All-Americans in this year's signing class (Buchanan, McFadden and Moore)....rushed for six touchdowns in short yardage situations in 1999...a USA Today All-USA first-team selection...named to PrepStar's 1999 Top 100 (No. 1 defensive linemen) Dream Team....listed as the No. 2 prospect in the West Region by PrepStar...selected a PrepStar and Football News All-American...Rivals100.com's No. 2 defensive end...SuperPrep's No. 2 defensive lineman....ranked the No. 2 defensive lineman in the nation by G&W...set a school record for career sacks (40), tackles for loss (77), forced fumbles (14) and blocked punts (5)...reported bench press of 325 pounds...runs on school's 4 x 100 relay team, reported best time in the 100m is 11.2...chose FSU over Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee and USC.

Eric Powell
6-4, 275, Defensive tackle
SW Mississippi JC (Summit, MS)

Powell is originally from Orlando (Jones), Florida and was a teammate of Seminole defensive tackle Chris Woods. Powell has three years of eligibility to play two and will enroll this summer. The former high school linebacker is being recruited to play defensive tackle at Florida State. "He is extremely quick off the ball," said his coach Kenny Edenfield. "Eric is a prime example of how junior college can help a recruit out. He wasn't recruited much out of high school because of his grades. He has really improved himself." Powell is a Prep Star junior college All-American

Eric Moore
6-4, 225, Linebacker
Pahokee, FL (Pahokee)

Considered by many to be one of the top linebackers in the nation and the best linebacker prospect in Florida this year...has the ability to play all three linebacking positions....one of four Seminole 2000 signings to be honored as a Parade All-American (Buchanan, Johnson and McFadden)...a PrepStar and Football News All-American...named to PrepStar's 1999 Top 100 (No. 2 linebacker) Dream Team...listed as the No. 6 prospect in the Southeast Region by PrepStar...a USAToday All-USA second-team selection....Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football Recruiting Guide Florida Player of the Year...SuperPrep's No. 7 linebacker...Rivals100.com's No. 4 linebacker...G&W's No. 3 linebacker...helped lead team to state finals as a junior with current Seminole Anquan Boldin...had 123 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior...reported time in the 40 was 4.7....also plays basketball in high school...chose Florida State over Tennessee, Miami, West Virginia and North Carolina.

Devaughn Darling
6-2, 220, Linebacker
Houston, TX (Austin)

Among the nation's best at linebacker...twin brother, Devard, also signed with FSU as a wide receiver...earned District MVP honors as a senior...recorded 143 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior...exceptional athlete with great speed for a linebacker...ran a 4.5 in the 40 in high school...rated the No. 27 prospect in Texas and the No. 23 linebacking prospect in the country by SuperPrep ..Rivals100.com's No. 26 linebacker nationally...ranked as the No. 6 linebacking prospect in the Midlands Region by PrepStar....chose FSU over Texas A&M.

Nate Hardage
6-2, 225, Linebacker
Sylvester, GA (Worth County)

A hardworker who projects to be another outstanding outside linebacker in the long line of great linebackers at Florida State...a first-team all-state selection in class 3A (Georgia's second largest) as a senior...SuperPrep's No. 35 linebacker prospect nationally...made 144 tackles and had 16 sacks as a senior...selected Florida State over Georgia, Auburn and Memphis.

Charles Howard
6-3, 215, Defensive Line
Lake Butler, FL (Union County)

Played just five games as a senior after suffering a broken fibula...injury may have cost him a blue chip reputation, but was still one of the most highly recruited players in the state...had seven sacks and 30 tackles in those five games in 1999...had 17 sacks and 100 tackles as a junior....reported bench press of 355 pounds and a 40-yard dash time of 4.6....started all four years at Union County, a school that produced Bennie Alexander (Florida), Gerard Warren (Florida) and Andrew Zow (Alabama)...selected Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Chad Mascoe
6-3, 225, Linebacker
Kissimmee, FL (Osceola)

An outstanding athlete who played numerous positions in high school...a four-year starter at Osceola who projects to be a linebacker in college after playing quarterback, running back and receiver as a senior in high school...tabbed as the No. 7 linebacker prospect in the country by Rivals100.com...SuperPrep's No. 5 "skilled athlete" in the nation...an Atlanta Journal Constitution SuperSouthern 100 selection...named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team...aJacksonville Times-Union Super 75 selection...46-7 career record and one 5A state title at Osceola...bench presses over 300 pounds....played with current Seminole Brett Williams in high school...picked FSU over Maryland and Alabama.

Kendyll Pope
6-2, 212, Linebacker
Lake City, FL (Columbia)

One of four spring enrollees along with B.J. Ward, Fabian Walker and Javon Walker...regarded by many as the best defensive player in the state of Florida and one of the top linebackers in the nation last year...original member of the 1999 signing class...a first-team USA Today All-American and Parade All-American...earned first-team 6A All-State honors...recognized as one of the top five players in Florida by Bill Buchalter in 1999...listed as the No. 14 prospect in Florida and No. 63 nationally by the Tampa Tribune...No. 32 prospect in the nation according to The Sporting News...the No. 5 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep...named to the the Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel...member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state by the Gainesville Sun...rated as one of the Super 75 prospects in Florida by the Florida Times-Union...named to the PrepStar Dream Team and rated the No. 3 linebacker in the country...recorded 175 tackles, seven sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior...hails from the same high school as current FSU player Brian Allen and former FSU All-American Reinard Wilson...selected FSU over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.

Yohance Buchanan
6-1, 210, Defensive Back
Atlanta, GA (Douglass)

One of the most highly regarded defensive backs in the country...rated the best safety prospect in the entire Southern Region by PrepStar...one of four (Johnson, McFadden and Moore) Seminole signings to be named Parade All-American...named a PrepStar and Football News All-American....named to the PrepStar 1999 Top 100 (No. 3 defensive back) Dream Team....a second-teamUSA Today All-USA selection...rated the No. 4 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep...Rivals50.com's No. 1 safety prospect in the country...had 10 interceptions as a junior...still managed 65 tackles and four interceptions as a senior when teams stayed away from after junior year performance... clocked a 4.4 40...speed and size has led some to compare him to former NFL greats Ronnie Lott and Steve Atwater...selected FSU over Clemson, Michigan and Alabama.

B.J. Ward
6-4, 200, Defensive Back
Dallas, TX (Kimball)

Already enrolled at Florida State along with three others members of recruiting class...hard-hitting safety who emerged as one of the best players in the state of Texas...frame would allow for an additional 20-30 lbs... named to PrepStar's Big 12 region Super 30...rated the No. 3 defensive back prospect in that region by PrepStar...named to Bill Buchalter's All-Southern team...recorded 72 tackles and took all three of his interceptions back for touchdowns during senior season...picked off six passes as a junior...reported 40-yard dash times in the 4.4 range...also played basketball and ran track at Kimball...high school has produced college standouts Delon Washington (USC) and Allen Wilbon (Colorado)...brother of Miami Hurricane cornerback Nick Ward...had pick of almost any school in the country last year, choosing FSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Bryant McFadden
6-1, 180, Defensive Back
Hollywood, FL (McArthur)

A highly sought after recruit who is regarded by many as the best cornerback in the nation...a USA Today All-USA first-team selection... SuperPrep's No. 1 defensive back in the country and its No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida...one of four Seminole 2000 signings to be named to the Parade All-American team (Buchanan, Johnson and Moore)...selected to the Atlanta Journal Constitution SuperSouthern 100 team...an Orlando Sentinel All-South selection... No. 1 prospect in Florida according to the St. Petersburg Times...Rivals100.com's No. 1 cornerback nationally....PrepStar and Football News All-American...PrepStar's No. 3 prospect in the Southeast and No. 1 defensive back prospect...G&W All-American...had 75 tackles each of the last two seasons...intercepted three passes and returned one for a touchdown as a senior and had two interceptions as a junior...picked Florida State over Miami, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan.

Claudius Osei
6-1, 190, Defensive Back
Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Christian)

Highly recruited as a defensive back and a wide receiver at North Florida Christian...will play defensive back at Florida State...a German exchange student who arrived in the United States in 1999...played receiver for German club teams...had 100 tackles (77 solo), 22 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception (returned 21 yards for a touchdown), three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery as a senior defensive back...made 10 catches for 267 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver in 1999...helped lead team to class 2A state title as a senior...speed reported at 4.4 in the 40...chose FSU over Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

Leroy Smith
6-0, 180, Defensive Back
Quincy, FL (Shanks)

Shanks career record-holder for interceptions with 16...a great open-field tackler who excels at bump-and-run coverage....had 71 tackles and five interceptions last year as a senior...an All-Big Bend selection in 1999...listed as SuperPrep's No. 81 prospect in the state of Florida...ran a 4.4 40 in front of his high school coaches...played at same high school as former Seminole and current Tampa Bay Bucanneer Dexter Jackson and current Seminole safety Abdual Howard.... also played wide receiver at Shanks...a three-time state qualifier in the 400m...selected FSU over Notre Dame, Georgia, North Carolina State and Clemson.

Brett Cimorelli
6-4, 220, Placekicker
Zephyrills, FL (Zephyrills)

A dual-sport star who may remind some of Sebastian Janikowski with his size...plans to play both baseball and football at FSU...made field goals from 55 and 54 yards and 9-of-14 field goals on the year as a senior...three of his five missed attempts were from beyond 52 yards...sent 26 of 28 kickoffs into or out of the endzone (from 40-yard line)...63 of 67 on extra points throughout career...a first-team all-state selection at Zephyrills High...selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...also punted for an average of 41 yards per punt....carried a 4.0 GPA....selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Clemson and Duke.

Thanks to FSU Sports Information for compiling this information.

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