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Florida State's Recruiting Class of 1996

Class of 1996

BRIAN ALLEN LB, 6-2, 201, Lake City, FL (Columbia)- Very quick player who will likely play bandit linebacker at FSU ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40 ... first cousin of current Seminole Reinard Wilson ... recorded 159 tackles (89 solo) and 5.5 sacks as a senior at Lake City Columbia ... named to Class 6A third team ... intercepted four passes and returned three for touchdowns his senior season ... received the National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.4 (highest - 6.1) ... earned Gainesville Sun all-area honors ... honor student at Lake City Columbia ... selected FSU over South Carolina, Clemson, Florida and Virginia Tech.

JUSTIN AMMAN OL, 6-4, 255, Eustis, FL (Eustis)- Talented, hard-working lineman named to Florida's Super Seniors team ... earned offensive MVP honors for a 21-team coaching district ... named to the class 4A second team ... father, Richard, lettered in football at Florida State from 1969-71 and played two seasons with the Baltimore Colts ... tabbed a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... member of the Super 24 team ... led Eustis to the Class 4A quarterfinals ... named top offensive lineman at FSU and Florida summer camps ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/ Georgia High School All-Star game ... selected FSU over Florida, Miami and Central Florida.

ROSS BRANNON OL, 6-8, 255, Marietta, GA (Lassiter)
- Exceptional student with excellent pass blocking skills ... will likely add weight after playing high school basketball ... played tight end his first three years of high school ... SuperPrep's No. 19 offensive lineman in the nation ... listed among Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 (Top 50) which ranked him as the No. 2 lineman in the state of Georgia ... received National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.6 (highest - 6.1) ... listed in Georgia High School Football Magazine's Top 111 Prospects ... a 1995 Georgia All-Academic team member ... a class 4A Preseason All State Team selection ... a 1995 Gridiron Greats Magazine player to watch in the Southeast ... named All-County following senior year ... an All-State Class 4A selection by the Journal-Constitution ... plans to major in business ... 5.0 speed in the 40 ... selected FSU over Auburn, Florida and Tennessee.

JERRY CARMICHAEL OL, 6-4, 280, Plantation, FL, (Plantation)- Considered the state's top offensive tackle by many ... could play anywhere across the offensive front including center and deep snapper ... a first team Class 6A all-state selection ... member of Florida's Super Seniors team ... Offensive Player of the Year in Broward County ... rated as 18th best offensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep ... the 9th-ranked player in the Tampa Tribune's Top 50 ... listed in Florida Times Union Super 75... graded out 94 percent his senior season ... a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... an honorable mention USA Today All-American ... received National Recruiting Advisor's All-Southeast honors...a 9.5 on Max Emfinger's 10.6 scale ... listed among top 70 best overall prospects in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... tabbed a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... selected to the Super 24 Team ... listed in Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... among the Gainesville Sun's Top 30 ... an honor student at Plantation ... has 325 pound bench press, a squat of 455 and a 5.1 time in the 40 ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... selected FSU over Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.

CORONTA "TAY" CODY CB, 5-11, 165, Blakely, GA (Early County)- Considered the 12th best defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep ... recorded 10 interceptions over final two seasons ... 4.4 speed with a 275 pound bench press... expected to play cornerback at Florida State ... totaled 70 tackles as senior at Early County ... nine touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns over career ... listed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... received Jeff Whitaker's rating of 9.25 (highest - 10) ... regarded as one of Georgia's top 50 prospects ... honor student in high school ... plans to major in engineering ... chose FSU over Auburn.

LAVERANUES COLES RB, 6-1, 195, Jacksonville, FL (Ribault)- Widely regarded as one of the top running backs in the nation ... the perfect blend of size and speed ... joins Vannez Gooch to give FSU potential for an all-Jacksonville backfield ... another excellent student among FSU's 1996 class ... a first team Class 4A All-State selection ... named to the Bluechip Dream Team ... rated the No. 4 running back in the Southeast by Blue Chip ... rushed for just under 5,000 yards during career at Jacksonville Ribault ... Jacksonville Times-Union Super 75 ... listed on the Forrest Davis All-South team ... Tallahassee Democrat Top 50 honoree ... an Atlanta Journal- Constitution Super Southern 100 selection ... Tom Lemming's 6th best running back prospect in the Southeast ... received highest rating (10) by Jeff Whitaker ... 10.5 on Max Emfinger's 10.6 scale ... received a 5.9 out of a possible 6.1 from the National Recruiting Advisor ... a track prospect with a time of 21.8 in the 200 meters ... a member of last year's Ribault State Championship basketball team ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... chose FSU over South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Auburn.

TARLOS CRUMITIE OL, 6-5, 298, Monticello, FL (Jefferson Co.)- A center in high school who will likely play tackle for the Seminoles ... a first team Class 3A selection ... listed among the Atlanta Journal- Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... named to the SportSouth All-South First Team ... received Jeff Whitaker's highest rating (10) ... listed as a Super 24 honorable mention ... tabbed as a Florida Times-Union's Super 75 ... received National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 6.0 (highest - 6. 1) and listed as No. 33 nationally ... received Max Emfinger's highest rating 10.6 ... listed as No. 37 overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming and an All-American ... registered 130 tackles and 16 sacks while playing defensive line ... clocked at 4.95 in the 40 ... SuperPrep's No. 29 rated player in Florida...listed in the Gainesville Sun's Top 30 ... named to the Tallahassee Democrat's All Big-Bend Team and listed in Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... chose FSU over Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and UCLA.

REGINALD DURDEN CB, 5-10, 179, Houston, TX (Sam Houston)- One of the nation's best high school quarterbacks, but expected to make an immediate impact at defensive back for FSU ... Tom Lemming's National Offensive Player of the Year ... accounted for 6,421 all-purpose yards and 64 TD's in his four-year career despite missing five games his junior year ... started at cornerback since the ninth grade ... converted 20 two-point conversions in his senior year ... made the SportSouth All-South third-team as an athlete ... rated the nation's No. 6 "skilled athlete" by SuperPrep Magazine, and was that publication, s Southwest Offensive Player of the Year ... received National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.8 (highest - 6.1) ... received Max Emfinger's highest rating of 10.6 ... listed as No. 25 overall in the Southwest by Tom Lemming ... rushed for 1,620 yards and 14 TD's on 209 carries last year ... added 595 passing yards, and totalled 2,421 all-purpose yards his senior season ... had two 300-yard rushing performances in high school including a game with 350 rushing yards and five TD's ... named City of Houston's Player of the Year...first team All-District and District MVP ... only player from Houston chosen to participate in the Shrine California/ Texas all-star game this summer ... selected FSU over LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas State and Arizona.

VANNEZ GOOCH RB, 5-10, 178, Jacksonville, FL (Ed White)- Great speed and exceptional moves have drawn comparisons to current FSU stars Warrick Dunn and Dee Feaster ... first running back from Jacksonville to commit to FSU since Edgar Bennett (1987-91) ... holds several Ed White High School rushing records including career yards (4,314), yards in a season (1,859) and in a game (218) ... set school records for 100-yard games (25), and consecutive 100-yard games with 17 ... did not fumble during senior year...named a St. Pete Times Blue Chipper ... one of the state's fastest running backs with a 10.4 timed in the 100 meters ... finished fifth in the 100 meters in the state track meet last spring ... named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... listed in Florida Times-Union's Super 75 ... a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper...Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.7 (highest - 6.1) ... received Max Emfinger's rating of 10.5 (highest - 10.6) ... a Super 24 Honorable Mention ... named to Forrest Davis' All-South team ... No. 45 overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... listed in the Gainesville Sun's Top 30 ... a two-time Class 5A all-state selection ... bench presses 290 pounds ... chose FSU over Nebraska, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee.

BILL GRAMATICA K, 5-10,165, LaBelle, FL (LaBelle)- The state's top kicking prospect ... an outstanding student who speaks three languages fluently (English, Castillian, French) ... named to the Class 3A first team All-State ... a native of Argentina ... tabbed a Super Senior by the Orlando Sentinel ... led the state last year making 15 of 20 field goals and 44 of 45 extra points as a senior ... converted 31 of 40 field goals and booted 154 of 203 kickoffs (75.9 percent) into the endzone during career ... 52-yard field goal last year was LaBelle High record ... brother, Martin, kicks for Kansas State ... a Florida Super Seniors team selection ... kicked four extra-points and a 30-yard field goal to help his team reach the state championship game ... an honorable mention USA Today all-america selection ... a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... listed on the Florida Times-Union's Super 75... listed in the Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... received Max Emfinger's rating of 10.5 (highest - 10.6) ... played in Florida/Georgia all-star game ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... chose FSU over Kansas State and Purdue.

DONALD HEAVEN DL, 6-5, 285, Miami, FL (Carol City)- Regarded as one of the state's top interior linemen ... combines size, speed, strength and intelligence ... played both ways in high school as he helped Carol City to a 12-2 mark ... faced constant double and triple teaming at Carol City ... listed as a St. Pete Times Blue Chipper ... a first team Class 6A All-State selection ... named to Florida's Super Seniors team ... Plyler's Recruiting Service top prospect at line..Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... a USA Today Honorable Mention AllAmerican ... selected to Forrest Davis' All-South second team ... a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... listed on Florida Times-Union Super 75 and was its top defensive tackle in the state ... Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... named to the Super 24 team ... National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.9 (highest - 6.1) ... received Max Emfinger's highest rating of 10.6 ... listed as No 34 overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming...state champion in the shot put his sophomore year ... bench presses 400 pounds and runs the 40 in the 5.0 range ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... selected FSU over Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and Syracuse.

BRYNE MALONE DL, 6-7, 240, Frisco City, AL (Frisco City)- Tremendous prospect along the defensive line with potential to carry a lot more weight ... tallied 122 tackles (66 solo), eight sacks, four tackles for loss, three fumbles caused and two recovered as a senior ... credited with 306 tackles and 16 sacks over high school career ... timed at 4.55 in the 40 with a 39-inch vertical leap ... bench pressed 360 pounds and has lifted over 600 in the squat ... averaged over 18 points on the basketball court... named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... listed on the Atlanta Journal- Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... member of Forrest Davis' All-South second team ... received the National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.9 (highest - 6.1) and was listed as one of top 90 prospects in the country ... received maximum rating by Max Emfinger (10.6) ... selected FSU over Auburn, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

SHAWN McCORKEL DB, 5-11, 175, Dothan, AL (Northview)- A Parade All-American at defensive back who combines excellent pass coverage skills with ability to make the big hit ... could play safety or cornerback ... had 10 interceptions and 56 tackles his junior year at Northview High ... among the nation's top three safeties according to the National Recruiting Advisor...considered one of the premier prospects in Alabama ... timed at 4.5 in the 40 ... listed on Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... a USA Today Honorable Mention all-american ... a Bluechip Dream Teamer ... National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 6.0 (highest - 6.1) and the publication's 66th best player in the country ... reached Max Emfinger's highest rating 10.6 ... listed as No. 3 8 overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... received Jeff Whitaker's highest rating (10) ... listed on Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... member of Forrest Davis' All-South First Team ... rated the No. 3 defensive back in the Southeast by Bluechip Illustrated ... listed on the SportSouth All-South third team ... also considering playing baseball at FSU ... selected Florida State over Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame.

MARVIN MINNIS WR, 6-1, 185, Miami, FL (Northwestern)- One of the top wide receivers in the South last year ... should be tailor made for Florida State's sophisticated passing system ... has drawn comparisons to current FSU receiver Andre Cooper ... the top rated wide receiver in the Southeast by Bluechip Illustrated ... had 35 receptions for 855 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... a second team Class 6A All-State selection ... helped Miami Northwestern to Class 6A state championship game as a senior ... had four receptions for 109 yards in state final ... top player at his position according to the Times Union Super 75...a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American.. Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... a Bluechip Dream Teamer ... received National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.7 (highest - 6.1) ... Max Emfinger's rating of 10.5 (highest - 10.6) ... listed as No. 56 overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... named a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... a Super 24 honorable mention ... listed in Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... 4.6 speed in the 40 with a 40-inch vertical leap ... attended same high school as Seminole Butkus Award winner Marvin Jones ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... chose the Seminoles over Miami, Notre Dame and Florida.

JARAD MOON OL, 6-4,260, Panama City, FL (Bay)- An honor student who ranks among the best in the nation at center ... a first team Class 5A offensive line selection as a junior and senior ... received Max Emfinger's top rating 10.6 ... prior to his senior season, he was an All-American in SuperPrep and rated the No. 6 lineman in the country ... named to the Florida Super Seniors team ... regarded as the state's top prospect at center ... a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American ... member of the Bluechip Dream Team ... received National Recruiting Advisor's All-America honors ... listed among Top 90 prospects overall in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... a Tampa Tribune Blue Chipper ... named to the Super 24 team ... listed in Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... Forrest Davis' All-South first team ... named to Bluechip's All-America first team...listed in Florida Times-Union's Super 75 ... Florida's Super Seniors team ... listed in the Atlanta Journal- Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... named to the SportSouth All-South second team ... one of eight members of FSU's recruiting class selected to play for Team Florida in the Florida/Georgia High School All-Star game ... selected FSU over Georgia, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

MARCUS OUTZEN QB, 6-2, 200, Fort Walton Beach, FL (Ft. Walton)- Skilled quarterback who is an exceptional runner ... excellent athlete who could play a number of positions including safety ... rushed for 18 TD's as he led Ft. Walton Beach High to the Class 5A state championship ... threw for 1,187 yards as a senior with 10 touchdowns and just four interceptions ... completed 69 of 118 passes (58.5) as a senior...also ran track and played baseball ... a Super 24 honorable mention ... listed in Tallahassee Democrat's Top 50 ... received Max Emfinger's rating of 9.5 (highest - 10.6) ... attended same high school as current Florida State standout receiver E.G. Green and Florida QB Danny Wuerffel ... honor student at Ft. Walton Beach ... bench pressed 250 pounds and has been timed at 4.56 in the 40 ... selected FSU over Auburn and South Carolina.

KWAESI PALMER LB, 6-2, 235, Sulphur Springs, TX (Sulphur Springs)- One of the premier linebackers in the country...could see action early with ability to play either inside or outside linebacker ... a SuperPrep All-American ... regarded by many as one of the nation's top 10 at linebacker ... recorded 220 tackles, including 27 for a loss, and 11 sacks during his final two seasons ... tallied 138 tackles during senior season with 7.5 sacks ... averaged 10 tackles during his senior season and also registered 12 tackles for a loss, five fumbles caused and five fumble recoveries ... named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-Southwest team ... earned District's most valuable player as a sophomore and again as a senior ... named newcomer of the year in district ... rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in Texas by SuperPrep ... received Max Emfinger's rating of 10.0 (highest - 10.6) ... received Jeff Whitaker's highest rating (10) ... listed as No. 30 in the Southwest by Tom Lemming...named first team All-East Texas...plans to major in criminology ... selected FSU over Miami, Oklahoma, Florida and Michigan.

TOMMY POLLEY LB, 6-5, 220, Baltimore, MD (Dunbar)- One of the most talented athletes in the country ... blue chip recruit at linebacker and as a basketball player ... top basketball player (shooting guard) at nationally acclaimed Dunbar and expects to be another Seminole two-sport star ... should contend for immediate playing time at bandit linebacker ... USA Today's Player of the Year in Maryland ... two-time Baltimore area Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... SuperPrep's No. 1 prospect in Maryland ... tallied an impressive 208 tackles (136 solo), eight interceptions and l6 sacks in his senior year ... 57 sacks, 23 interceptions and 95 receptions during career at Dunbar ... caught 34 passes for 567 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end his senior year ... averaging 21 points in basketball as one of the nation's top 50 players ... a McDonald's All-America nominee after averaging 15.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a junior for the Poets ... a member of three state basketball and two state football championship teams ... regarded as one of the nation's top five linebacker's ... a USA Today honorable mention All-American ... rated among the Top 100 overall players in the country by National Recruiting Advisor ... received Max Emfinger's highest rating of 10.6 ... listed as No. 4 overall in the MidAtlantic by Tom Lemming ... selected FSU over USC, Syracuse, Maryland and Florida.

ROLAND SEYMOUR DL, 6-4, 245, New Orleans, LA (St. Augustine)- A dominating lineman who has the potential to be one of FSU's great pass rushers ... comes from the same high school as former FSU standouts Sean Jackson and Chris Cowart ... an All-State selection and runner-up for Louisiana's defensive player of the year ... has 4.7 speed in the 40 ... member of the National Recruiting Advisor's All-America team ... recruited as a defensive end... Max Emfinger's top rated (10.6) strongside lineman in the nation ... National Recruiting Advisor's rating of 5.8 (highest - 6.1) ... received Jeff Whitaker's highest rating (10) ... named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team ... plans to major in sports management ... combines a 315 pound bench press with excep- tional speed ... selected Florida State over Tennessee, Florida, LSU and Texas.

TRES WALTON WR, 6-0, 185, Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland)- One of the fastest receivers in the state as a junior ... played just three games during senior season after suffering a knee injury last fall ... teams with Marvin Minnis to give FSU two of the top wide receivers in Florida ... ranked among the top 22 prospects in Florida by SuperPrep and the No. 10 "skilled athlete" in the country ... despite the knee injury is still regarded as one of the state's fastest players according to SuperPrep ... played running back as a junior and rushed for 900 yards ... clocked at 4.34 in the 40 with a 41-inch vertical leap...Iisted as No. 125 in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... received Max Emfinger's rating of 10.5 (highest - 10.6) ... attended same high school as current Seminole offensive lineman Marcus Long ... bench pressed 305 pounds ... chose FSU over Florida, Clemson and Central Florida.

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