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2012 Recruiting Class - Official Bios

2012 Florida State RECRUITING CLASS
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Cason Beatty* P 6-3 225 Charlotte, N.C./Olympic
Daniel Glauser* OL 6-6 317 Rheinfelden, Switzerland/N.M.
Military Institute
Mario Pender* RB 6-0 190 Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast
Roberto Aguayo K 6-0 185 Groveland, Fla./South Lake HS
Colin Blake DB 6-3 185 San Antonio, Texas/Brandeis HS
Marvin Bracy ATH 5-9 170 Orlando, Fla./Boone HS
Chris Casher DE 6-4 240 Mobile, Ala./Davidson HS
Ronald Darby DB 5-11 176 Oxon Hill, Md./Potomac
Mario Edwards, Jr. DE 6-4 290 Denton, Texas/Ryan HS
Markuss Ukeme Eligwe LB 6-3 225 Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone
Mountain HS
Eddie Goldman DT 6-4 310 Friendship Collegiate
Academy/Washington, D.C
Christo Kourtzidis TE 6-4 240 Orange, Calif./Lutheran HS
Sean Maguire QB 6-3 200 West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep
Reggie Northrup LB 6-2 218 Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS
Justin Shanks DT 6-3 310 Prattville, Ala./Prattville HS
Dalvon Stuckey DT 6-4 305 De Funiak Springs, Fla./Walton HS
P.J. Williams DB 6-2 190 Ocala, Fla./Vanguard HS
Menelik Watson OL 6-7 330 Manchester, England/Saddleback
College (Calif.)
Jameis Winston QB 6-4 200 Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown HS
*January Early enrollee
2012 Florida State Early Enrollees
Cason Beatty, P, 6-3, 225, Charlotte,
N.C./Olympic
Big, tall, athletic punter with a strong leg and plenty of upside at
the college level…started his high school
career as a quarterback before picking up punting as a junior in 2010
and excelling at that position…earned
first team All-Mecklenburg County honors by the Charlotte Observer as a
senior while averaging 43.1 yards
per punt on 32 attempts and hitting four punts longer than 60
yards…named MEGA 7 3A/4A all-conference
by the Charlotte Observer as a junior and senior…threw for more than
800 yards as a junior quarterback but
shined that season as a punter averaging 43.5 yards per attempt on his
way to All-Mecklenburg County
second team honors by the Charlotte Observer…rated the No. 3 punter
nationally by kicking guru Chris
Sailer of California…two-star prospect by Rivals, a three-star prospect
by ESPN....ranked the No.
4 punter nationally by Scout… has an older brother, Lucas,
who just completed his redshirt year as a quarterback at Gardner-Webb
in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Mario Pender, RB, 6-0, 190, Cape
Coral, Fla./Island Coast
Explosive four-star running back who possesses the quickness, speed and
burst to run both inside or outside
and also has great power to run through blocks…selected as a U.S. Army
All-American…rushed 130 times
for 1,543 yards (11.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns as a
senior…named first team all-area by the Fort
Myers News-Press…named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association
all-district 19 Football Team…
earned Associated Press' Class 6A all-state third team honors as a
senior…rated the No. 72 player on the
ESPNU 150 as well as the No. 8 running back, No. 16 player in the state
of Florida and No. 38 player
regionally… No. 66 on the Sporting News Top 125 of 2012… rushed for
2,261 yards and 32 touchdowns,
averaging 13.87 yards per carry as a junior…has posted times of a 10.61
in the 100 meters and 22 flat in the
200 meters in track … rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals …
No. 4 running back nationally, No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida
and No. 38 overall
prospect nationally by Rivals.com…selected Florida State over Alabama,
Maryland, Miami (Fla.), USF,
Tennessee and West Virginia.
Daniel Glauser, OL, 6-6, 317,
Rheinfelden, Switzerland/N.M. Military Institute
Standout two-year starter at left tackle for one of the top junior
college programs nationally… earned
honorable mention NJCAA Football All-America honors this past season as
a sophomore at NMMI…helped
lead the Broncos to a 9-3 overall mark, a second place finish in the
WSFL with a 6-2 record, a berth in the
C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl and a No. 14 final national ranking in
the NJCAA… named to the 2011
All-WSFL first team offense… anchored an offensive line that helped New
Mexico Military Institute average
475 yards of total offense which produced a rushing attack that amassed
2,818 yards (234.8 yards per game)
and a passing attack that totaled 2,882 yards (240.2 yards per game)…
as a true freshman at NMMI, earned
the Broncos' "Hustle Award" and didn't allow a sack in his first season
as a starter …rated a four-star JC
prospect by Scout and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com…chose Florida
State over Arkansas,
Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.
2012 Florida State SIGNEES
Roberto Aguayo, K, 6-0, 185,
Groveland, Fla./South Lake HS
Rated the nation's No. 3 kicker by Rivals…sixth-best kicking prospect
according to ESPN.com…three-star prospect according to ESPN and
Rivals…ESPN lists him as the 105th-best overall prospect in the state
of Florida…one of only three kickers to make the ESPNU150 Watch List
for 2012…was rated the nation's number one kicking prospect at the age
of 16 by Kohl's Kicking Camps…Kohl's said the ball explodes off his
foot and that he is ready for Division I football right now…they also
pointed out how well he handles pressure and that he is one of the most
pure talents they have seen across the country…won the kick-off
competition at the ESPN Underclassman Challenge in 2010 with a 74-yard
kick that had a 4.04 second hang time…high school coach considers him
an offensive weapon and the best high school kicker he's coached since
UF's Caleb Sturgis…made 7-of-8 field goals as a junior with his long
coming from 48 yards…also accounted for 38 touchbacks in 2010…hit two
field goals from 51 yards as a sophomore…longest field goal in practice
was 63 yards…attended the National Invitational Scholarship Camp…named
the Most Outstanding Kicker at the Jimbo Fisher Summer Camp… started
his career playing soccer before he moved over to football…also ranked
as the 68th-best punter in the nation by Kohl's…favorite kicker is
FSU's Groza Award winner and current Washington Redskin Graham
Gano…chose FSU over interest from Tennessee, UCLA, Arkansas, LSU,
Michigan and others.
Colin Blake, DB, 6-3, 185, San
Antonio, Texas/Brandeis HS
A four-star prospect according to Rivals who is proven at the 5A level
of Texas football…received a three star
rating from ESPN…Rivals list him as the 13th-best cornerback prospect
in the 2012 class and ESPN the 30th-best…among prospects from one of
the deepest talent pools in America Texas Rivals lists Blake as
the 21st-best player in the state…ranked No. 90 in the Lone Star state
by
ESPN…ESPN lists Blake at No. 116 regionally…nationally Rivals lists the
San Antonio prospect as the
155th-best in the nation…rated a Top Player by Tom Lemming of Max Preps
who believes he could be an
All-American at the collegiate level…recorded 68 tackles and one
interception as a junior…coveted size for a
cornerback and should transition well to the college game at that
position according to ESPN…one scouting
service felt Blake could develop into a player like NFL All-Pro Nnamdi
Asomugha…runs a 4.5 40 with a
vertical of 34"…originally from England and has only been playing
cornerback since his junior year…joins
fellow European Bjoern Werner who came to FSU from Germany…holds more
than 15 offers from BCS
schools…was committed to Texas A&M before the turnover in the
coaching staff…chose FSU over
Oklahoma and TCU.

Marvin Bracy, ATH, 5-9, 170, Orlando,
Fla./Boone HS
Four-star recruit according to Rivals.com…Under Armour
All-American…All-America in
football and track…named the fastest player at the Under Armour
All-America Game by Rivals…ESPNU
150 member…listed as the 76th-best prospect in the nation by ESPN and
the 12th-best wide
receiver…rated in the top 40 among the nation's best receivers by
Rivals…2011 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.)
Register…ranked a top 20 recruit in Florida by ESPN (17) …ranked No. 4
on the
Orlando Sentinel Super 60…finished his junior season with almost 1,500
all-purpose yards and 10
touchdowns…ESPN calls Bracy one of the most explosive and gifted
natural talents in the 2012 class who is
a homerun threat at all times…they go on to say Bracy is a
multi-purpose offensive weapon who is a
nightmare to deal with in space…made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays
coming in at No. 3 following his
one-handed, 32-yard TD in the Under Armour All-America Game…the fastest
high school football player in
the nation…ran the fastest indoor 55M in the world this year in January
clocking in at 6.08…time was a
national record for the 19-and-under division and the fastest time ever
run by a high school
student…previous fastest 55M run by a high school student was 6.14…ran
the second-fastest 100M in
Florida High School history at 10.05…the only Floridian to ever run the
100M faster was University of
Florida track and football star Jeff Demps…Scout.com said Bracy's speed
is on par with Demps at this stage
in their careers…nobody in high school in Florida ever ran a 100M
faster than Bracy as Demps and Houston
McTear both posted their record-breaking times after high school
graduation…pursuing his dream to run
track for the USA in the 2012 London Olympics…he will travel to Eugene,
Ore., on July 24 for U.S. Olympic
Team trials…ran a relay leg for the USA in the 4x100 meters in July
2010 at the World Junior
Championships…defending large school, Class 4A 100- and 200-meter
champion…will compete on Florida
State's national runner-up track and field team…named an All-USA high
school track and field team selection
by USA Today…Orlando Sentinel named him track athlete of the year as a
junior…he is trained by former
Florida State sprinter Ricky Argro…chose FSU over offers from Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame
and Oklahoma…had a 3.2 GPA entering his senior year of high school.
Chris Casher, DE, 6-4, 240, Mobile,
Ala./Davidson HS
Rated as the 23rd-best player in the 2012 class by ESPNU…Under Armour
All-American…top 50 ranking
nationally by Rivals (36) …ESPNU 150 member…consensus top 10 prospect
at defensive
end…ESPN and Rivals has him as the nation's No. 3 DE…four-star prospect
according to Rivals…ranked in the top
five in Alabama by ESPN (2) and Rivals (3)…another key recruit for the
Seminoles from
Mobile, Ala.,…joins 2011 signee Jacob Coker as the second straight FSU
recruit out of Mobile…played tight
end and defensive end in high school but has told FSU coaches he would
like to play on the defensive side of
the ball at FSU…dominated at the Tallahassee NFTC vying for MVP
honors…ran a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash,
a 4.29 in the 20-yard shuttle and has a 29.9 vertical jump…compiled 50
tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10
sacks as a junior at Faith Academy…also made 22 catches for 408
yards…transferred to Mobile Davidson
High School to make sure he would graduate and play football at the
next level…as a result he had to sit out
his entire senior season… stayed very involved with Davidson's football
team and became known as "Coach
Casher" by the players due to the contributions he made to the team off
the field…lifted weights at night and
on the weekends to stay in shape…played his first football game in over
a year at the 2012 Under Armour
All-America Game…also played basketball…father was a Florida State fan
when Casher was growing
up…cousin of former Auburn All-SEC corner Larry Casher…chose FSU as a
junior over offers from
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee among
others.
Ronald Darby, DB, 5-11, 176, Oxon
Hill, Md./Potomac
A four-star recruit according to both ESPN and Rivals…rated the No. 2
cornerback in the country according to Rivals and the second-best
players in the state of Maryland by the same recruiting
service…considered the No. 38-ranked prospect in the country according
to ESPN...defender that can excel on both defense and special
teams…participated in the 2012 Under
Armour All-American Game…USA Today 2011 All-USA second team
All-American…second team All-Met
by the Washington Post as a junior and an honorable mention honoree as
a senior…honorable mention allstate
as an all-purpose player as a senior ...part of a Wolverines' secondary
that registered four shutouts and
allowed just 82 points in 2011…SI.com 2011 High School First Team
All-American…played six positions as
a high school senior, including kicker…as a junior, rushed for 1,329
yards and 23 touchdowns, while tallying
three interceptions and eight pass breakups on defense…runs a reported
4.37-seconds 40-yard dash…elite
track performer as well that is expected to contribute to Florida
State's track & field team…has run a 6.28-
seconds 55-meter dash and a 21.28-seconds 200-meter dash…chose Florida
State over Notre Dame,
Maryland, Clemson and Auburn.

Mario Edwards, Jr., DE, 6-4, 290,
Denton, Texas/Ryan HS
Near consensus top-rated prospect in America in 2012…USA Today
defensive player of the year…ESPNU
150 member…2012 Parade All-American … SI.com Second Team All-American …
ESPNHS First Team
All-American …listed at No. 1 by ESPN…Rivals lists him at No. 3
nationally…five-stars from Rivals…unanimously
ranked No. 1 at his position whether it be defensive end or defensive
tackle…the top player coming out of
the state of Texas…ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said Edwards
can contribute almost immediately due to his ability to take advantage
of
blockers' weaknesses with a pass rush arsenal and a plan of attack when
he rushes the quarterback…Haubert
also said he is similar to Clemson's DeQuan Bowers at this stage of
their careers…of his 72 tackles as a senior
32 were for a loss including 11 sacks…named the state of Texas Class 4A
Defensive Player of the Year as a
junior by the Associated Press…recorded 127 tackles, 50 tackles for
loss and 18 sacks leading Denton Ryan
to a state runner-up finish…recorded 69 tackles and three sacks as a
freshman on top of catching 17 passes
for 361 yards and three TDs…his high school coach raves about his work
ethic as he and his father, former
FSU star Mario Edwards, work out together at 6:00 a.m. each
morning…says Edwards is the best he has
coached in his 32-year career…Edwards hopes to wear the same number
(15) as his dad did one day at
FSU…goal is to win the Hendricks Award and go down as one of the best
ever in Seminole history…if he
could not play football he would coach so he can teach the sport to
others…chose FSU over Texas, Alabama,
LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others.

Markuss Eligwe, LB, 6-3, 225, Stone
Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain HS
A consensus top 10 prospect nationally at the linebacker position…U.S.
Army All-American… SI.com
Second Team All-American …ESPNU 150 member…Rivals had him listed as a top 100
prospect…listed at No. 47 nationally …ESPN lists him as the 116th-best
prospect this year…a consensus 4-star prospect…ESPN has him listed as
No. 47 in the region…Rivals lists
as the second-best prospect in Georgia this year… the 11th-best by ESPN…all recruiting services have him listed in the top seven nationally at the linebacker position…Rivals considers him the second-best linebacker
prospect in the nation…ESPN lists
him No. 3 among linebackers…played in a
3-4 system in high school and is
projected by most experts to play linebacker at the collegiate
level…ESPN says he has the ability to play
either inside or outside linebacker at the next level and that he has
the strength to shed blockers and the
fluidity to avoid contact when pursuing the football…according to the
recruiting analyst Keith Niebuhr, the
Stone Mountain, Ga., product is smart and athletic and he is able to
generate a pass rush from the outside and
up the middle…Niebuhr described the linebacker as an athletic freak who
has the power to excel against the
run and quickness and agility to shine in coverage…collected more than
25 scholarship offers and committed
to FSU on his 17th birthday...chose FSU over Cal and Georgia…cited
FSU's nationally ranked criminology
program as one of the factors in his choice to play for the Seminoles.

Eddie Goldman, DT, 6-4, 310,
Friendship Collegiate Academy/Washington, D.C
Consensus five-star defensive tackle whose a force in the interior of
the line…has good size and displays the
ability to fire off on the snap of the ball, get into the backfield and
be disruptive… comes off the ball low,
plays with leverage and shows the quickness to chase down a player in
the backfield having been clocked
around a 4.8 in the 40 … Under Armour All-American…USA Today 2011
All-USA second team All-
American…ESPNHS Second Team All-American…2012 Parade All-American and
SI.com's 2011 High
School First Team All-American…racked up 38 tackles, 23 tackles for
loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles
while helping Friendship Collegiate to a 9-1 record… earned first team
All-Met by the Washington Post as a
senior offensive lineman grading out at 90 percent but was always
projected as a defensive player at the next
level… No. 10 player on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 2
player in the region and No. 1
player in the state by ESPN… ranked the No. 7 prospect nationally by
Rivals and No. 1 player in the state
and No. 2 defensive tackle…No. 17 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps Top
100…tallied 40 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one fumble
recovery as a junior …selected
Florida State over Alabama and Auburn.
Christo Kourtzidis, TE, 6-4, 240,
Orange, Calif./Lutheran HS
Four-star tight end prospect known for having good strong hands and the
ability to catch the ball away from
his body, fight for yards after the catch and break arm tackles…can
play from an in-line position or flexed out
wide as a receiver…excels as a blocker and will only get better at the
next level…named to the O.C. all-region
first team by ESPNLA.com…hauled in 38 receptions for 416 yards for an
average of 10.9 yards per catch
and added four TD receptions as a senior in 2011 and caught 29 passes
for 429 yards as a junior…earned
MaxPreps California Division I all-state first team honors…also picked
up All-Orange County and All-Pac 5
Division honors…ranked No. 7 on the Top 50 senior football recruits by
OCVarsity.com…listed as a four-star
prospect as the No. 8 tight end, No. 25 player and 194th overall player
by Rivals…earned a three-star rating by
ESPN and ranked the No. 26 tight end nationally, No. 61 prospect in the
state of California and No. 91
regionally…two-way player in football at Lutheran HS playing tight end
and defensive end…chose Florida
State over Cal.
Sean Maguire, QB, 6-3, 200, West
Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep
One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country and New Jersey's
top-rated quarterback in the class of
2012… a four-star prospect by ESPN and three-star QB by Rivals…natural
pocket
passer who is suited for a multiple pro-style scheme…ran a wing-T
offense in high school which didn't allow
for many passing opportunities but made the most of the ones he got
displaying good arm strength, touch,
the ability to change ball speeds and ability to consistently throw a
catchable ball with nice accuracy to all
three levels…gained varsity exposure as a freshman and led Seton Hall
Prep to a 19-3 record as a sophomore
and junior…completed 70 of 141 passes for 1,161 yards and 14 TDs as a
junior, making third team All-Essex
County for The Star-Ledger… earned first team All Non-Public and first
team All-Essex by the Star-Ledger
after completing 74-of-154 passes for 1,183 yards, 12 TDs and 4 INTs as
a senior… also named Super Essex
Conference 1st Team as a senior… finished his career at Seton Hall Prep
completing 105-of-224 passes for
1,881 yards, 20 TDs and 6 INTs in that wing-T offense…named to the 2012
USA Football National Team
(U19) for the 2012 International Bowl on Feb.1 … ranked by ESPN as the
No. 13 QB prospect nationally,
No. 4 player in state of New Jersey and No. 18 player regionally…No. 26
player in New Jersey by Rivals…selected Florida State over Alabama,
Maryland and NC State.
Reggie Northrup, LB, 6-2, 218,
Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast HS
Four-star linebacker with exceptional athleticism who will continue the
pipeline from First Coast High School
to FSU…analysts have been impressed with his ability to make plays all
over the field consistently finding the
holes, locating runners and tackling them to the ground (39.5 TFL in
2011)… rated a four-star linebacker by
Rivals and ESPN…Rivals has him as the No. 30 linebacker and No. 40
player in
Florida…ranks as the No. 28 linebacker, No. 42 overall player in
Florida by ESPN…listed as the No. 112 prospect on the Mobile
Register's Super Southeast 120… earned Florida Times-Union All-First
Coast Defensive Player of the Year
honors as a senior recording 165 tackles, including 39.5 behind the
line in leading the Buccaneers to the Class
7A championship game and a 13-win season…named to the 2011 Times-Union
Super 24…as a junior,
finished with 110 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one
fumble recovery for a touchdown…
selected Florida State after once being a verbal commit to Miami.
Justin Shanks, DT, 6-3, 310,
Prattville, Ala./Prattville HS
Big, run-stopping defensive tackle who is rated a four-star defensive
lineman by ESPN and Rivals…explodes with power off the ball and
displays great strength in engaging
blockers and defending a gap well…ranked the No. 7 player in state of
Alabama, No. 10 defensive tackle and
No. 51 player regionally by ESPN while also being listed No. 114 in the
ESPNU150… totaled 54 tackles,
including 10 for loss and 5 1/2 sacks, added 15 quarterback hurries and
caught a touchdown pass lined up at
tight end as a senior in helping to guide Prattville to the Class 6A
state championship…as a three-year starter
at Prattville, the Lions finished 33-8, advanced to the finals of the
Class 6A playoffs twice, won the Class 6A
Region Four championship twice, going 16-2 in region play and earned a
No. 22 final ranking in the USA
Today High School Poll in 2011 and No. 21 ranking in 2009… No. 6 on the
The Birmingham News 2012
Super Seniors List…selected Prattville High School's first U.S. Army
All-American and took part in the U.S.
Army All-American Bowl playing for the West team…No. 18 on the Mobile
Register's Elite 18 List of
Prospects…named to the Elmore-Autauga Super Football Team by the
Montgomery Advertiser and
Prattville Progress…named 2011 All-Autauga County by the Montgomery
Advertiser and Prattville
Progress…also named Class 5A-6A All-Metro by the Montgomery
Advertiser...earned ASWA Class 6A All-
State honors as a senior…recorded 65 tackles and 12 sacks as a
junior... listed as the No. 10 defensive tackle,
No. 5 player in the state of Alabama and No. 135 on the Rivals Top
250…chose Florida State over Auburn and Tennessee.

Dalvon Stuckey, DT, 6-4, 305, De
Funiak Springs, Fla./Walton HS
A three-year starter at defensive tackle for Walton High School
emerging as a run-stopping force for the
Braves…good size and quickness allows him to clog the middle and force
backs to run outside… has a
powerful lower body making him tough to move off the ball…showed some
finesse as a senior lining up at
tight end and displaying soft hands, quick feet and solid
athleticism…rated a four-star prospect by
ESPN and  a three-star by Rivals.com…recorded 61 tackles as a
junior and clocked
a 4.9 40-yard dash as a junior…made 82 tackles and recorded 4.5 sacks
his sophomore season… No. 23
defensive tackle, No. 48 player in Florida by Rivals.com and No. 243 in
Rivals Top 250…ranked  the
No. 24 DT, No. 40 player in Florida and No. 114 regionally by
ESPN…Named to the Super 75 by the
Florida Times-Union… No. 59 on the Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Florida Top
100…No. 87 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120…named to the
2011
Northwest Florida Daily News' Dandy Dozen and small schools All-Area
Football Team…also earned 2011
Northwest Florida Daily News' Defensive Lineman of the Year honors
after facing double and sometimes
triple teams during his senior season, but managed to record 4.5
tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble
recovery…selected Florida State over Auburn and Florida.

P.J. Williams, DB, 6-2, 190, Ocala,
Fla./Vanguard HS
Versatile four-star defensive back that can play either corner or
safety…played safety for Ocala's Vanguard
High School and showed good ball skills and instincts on his way to
being named Vangaurd's first ever Under
Armour All-American…also played wide receiver…recorded 52 tackles as a
senior and earned Associated
Press' Class 6A all-state first team honors as a defensive utility
player…played in the Under All-America game
and made three tackles and had one pass break-up for Team Blur…named
first team All-County by The
Ocala Star-Banner…named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union… No.
52 on the Orlando Sentinel's
2012 Florida Top 100…rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals… No.
6 safety, No. 23 player in Florida and No. 59 regionally by ESPN and
the No. 133 player on the ESPNU
150…ranked No. 9 safety, No. 23 player in state of Florida and No. 118
nationally by Rivals…No. 46 on the
Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120…has been clocked with sub 4.4
time in the 40-yard dash…named to the Super 75 by the Florida
Times-Union…earned all-county honors as a junior after logging 83
tackles and an interception as the
Knights' starting safety…posted a county-best 33.8-yards-per-return
average on kickoffs, including a school record
four touchdowns as a sophomore at Vanguard…chose Florida State over
Alabama and Miami (Fla.).

Menelik Watson, OL, 6-7, 330,
Manchester, England/Saddleback College (Calif.)
One of the nation's top junior college offensive tackles, who hails
from Manchester, England…big, physical
player who is considered to have some of the best feet in the nation
for an offensive lineman and has the
quickness (clocked in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash) to be
effective against the big, fast defensive ends
being produced at the college level…said to have an explosive first
step, a constantly square body and serious
downfield speed which projects him to be a solid blocker in both the
passing and rushing game…rated a three-star offensive lineman by
Rivals…helped Saddleback
College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) to an 8-3 record, No. 5 ranking and
berth in the Golden State Bowl… named
second team Southern California Football Association All-Conference
helping a Saddleback offense that led
the SFCA in total offense (470.4 yards per game, ranked second in the
SCFA in scoring offense (40.5 ppg),
passing offense (338.6 yards per game), 24th in rushing offense
(131.7)…trained to be a basketball player his
entire life in England until he played for the CDA Academy in Spain and
wasn't introduced to the sport of
football until arriving in America…actually signed a Division I-A
basketball scholarship with Marist College
in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and after a redshirt freshman season (2009-10),
emerged as a team captain playing
forward and center for the Red Foxes… averaged 4.7 points and 3.3
rebounds in 29 games with 13 starts in
his only season (2010-11) at Marist…ranks as the No. 9 junior college
offensive tackle and No. 19 on the top-50 junior college players by
Rivals…graduated from Burnage
High School, in Manchester, England in 2006…selected Florida State over
Auburn, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon
and Rutgers.
Jameis Winston, QB, 6-4, 200, Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown HS
Nation's top quarterback prospect in the class of 2012, who also is considered a top baseball prospect in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur draft … 2011 USA Today All-USA first team All-American… 2012 Parade All-American…SI.com Second Team All-American, ESPNHS First Team All-American and Under Armour All-American…selected the 2011 Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year…rated a four-star QB by Rivals and ESPN… named to the 2012 USA Football National Team (U19) for the 2012 International Bowl on Feb.1…dual-threat quarterback who played in the shotgun spread where he excelled as a passer within the pocket, on the move and also as a designated runner which is where he can be really dangerous… can make all the throws and does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield when plays breakdown… named the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Class 5A Back of the Year as a senior after completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 1,065 yards (7.4 yards per rush) and another 15 touchdowns in guiding Hueytown to a 13-1 mark and the Class 5A state semifinals… named the 2011 Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year… the four-year starter totaled 6,871 career passing yards with 67 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 790 passes and threw only 25 interceptions and averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt for 2,912 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground which adds up to 9,853 career yards and a part in 103 touchdowns…No. 1 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120 and Elite 18 list of the top Alabama prospects…named a co-MVP of the Elite 11 national quarterback challenge last summer in Malibu…turned in an MVP performance in the Under Armour All-American game completing 8-of-9 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns…named to the ASWA Super 12 and Class 5A all-state teams as a junior and senior…No. 14 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 QB nationally, No. 5 player regionally and No. 1 player in state of Alabama by ESPN…on the baseball diamond, shines as a switch-hitting outfielder and right-handed pitcher who possesses a fastball in the 90s and was clocked at a 6.59 in the 60… rated by Perfect Game as the nation's No. 22 prep baseball player for the class of 2012 and was named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American heading into this upcoming season…named Birmingham News Metro West Player of the Year as a sophomore in baseball…hit .424 with seven homers and 36 RBIs during the Golden Gophers Class 6A state semifinal run and finished 8-3 with two saves, a 1.92 earned run average, 92 strikeouts and six complete games as a sophomore…2011 ASWA all-state and Birmingham News All-Metro selection in baseball as a sophomore and junior…2011 Perfect Game USA Preseason HS Underclassmen First Team All-American...2010 Perfect Game USA Preseason HS Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American…hit .370 and was 7-2 on the mound as a junior in 2011…2012 MaxPreps Preseason All-American…ranked as the top baseball player in Alabama by MaxPreps…one of three Alabama players ranked on Baseball America's early 2012 top-50 draft list (No. 47)…played for the East squad in the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic…selected Florida State over Stanford, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.
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