Class of 1989
Clyde Allen, RB, 5-11, 185, Ft. Myers, Fla. (Ft. Myers HS)-
A Parade and Super Prep All-America choice...honorable mention AllAmerica by USA Today ... a Class 4A all-state selection in 1988 ... ran for over 1,300 yards on 192 carries his senior year ... career stats read 3,659 yards on 505 carries and 38 TDs ... scored the lone touchdown for the Florida team in a 7-7 tie in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game.
Steve Allen, DL, 6-6, 275, Orange Park, Fla. (Orange Park HS)-
Played defensive line, offensive line and tight end in high school ... expected to fit in on defensive line for Seminoles ... a first team all-South choice by Lindy's Southeast Recruiting Magazine...also a second team All-America selection by USA Today .. made the Florida Times Union Super 24 list and all-city team ... reportedly runs 4.8 in the 40.
Shannon Baker, WR, 5-10, 180, Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)-
A two-time 4A all-state player ... made the team as a wide receiver in 1987 and as a quarterback last year...named honorable mention All-America by USA Today and third team all-South by Lindy's Recruiting ... as a quarterback in '88 completed 40 of 88 passes for 1,002 yards (23.6 yards per completion) and 13 touchdowns ... add 300 yards and seven scores rushing ... possesses tremendous speed ... state 4A champion in the 100 meters in 1987 (10.69) ... uncle E.J. Baker was a quarterback for Miami from 1976-78 ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game ... two-time state 4A champion in the 100-yard dash ... ran a personal best 10.3 in the state meet as a senior ... state champion in the 220-yard dash as a senior.
Terrell Buckley, CB, 5-10, 175, Pascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula HS)-
One of the top high school cornerbacks in the nation...only player in Mississippi to earn 5A all-state honors the past two seasons ... garnered honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel's Dixie Dozen list ... made 80 tackles, 50 solo, his senior year ... intercepted 10 passes and returned seven for TDs ... averaged over 30 yards per punt return and returned four for scores, including a 93-yarder ... blocked a field goal and two punts ... nabbed 30 INTs, a school record, in his career ... runs the 40 in the 4.2-4.3 range ... will play in the Mississippi-Alabama and Mississippi North-South all star games ... an all-state baseball player.
Richard Coes, CB, 6-0, 197, Opalocka, Fla. (Hialeah Miami Lakes)-
Relatively unknown in national recruiting circles because he did not play football in 1986 or 1987 ... quit the sport to concentrate on basketball but returned for senior season ... led Dade County with nine interceptions and made approximately 50 tackles ... named to the Miami News' all-county team ... Miami News player of the week four times ... reportedly runs 4.6 in the 40 ... an excellent student who chose FSU over Georgia Tech.
John Davis, DB, 6-2, 205, Pahokee, Fla. (Pahokee HS)-
A USA Today and Super Prep All-America choice ... rated the best high school safety in the nation by some recruiting analysts ... all-state selection ... named to Lindy's all-South first team...made 21 career INTs, including six his senior year ... also credited with 87 tackles, three quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries ... punted for Pahokee and averaged 40 yards per punt ... runs a 4.5 in the 40 ... played basketball where he averaged as many as 12 points and 11 rebounds per game ... a long jumper on the track ... plans to study pharmacy at FSU ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.
Tommy Fagan, DE/TE, 6-5, 215, Lamont, Fla. (Jefferson County HS)-
First player to commit to FSU in 1989 ... a first team All-Big Bend choice ... caught 20 passes for 436 yards and five TDs ... good blocking tight end as well ... defensively, credited with 98 tackles, 44 solo ... also had nine sacks, two interceptions and six passes broken up ... in basketball, averaged IS points per game.
Kenny Felder, QB, 6-3, 215, Niceville, Fla. (Niceville HS)-
Brings impressive list of high school honors to FSU ... everybody's (USA Today, SuperPrep, Parade) All-America choice ... Orlando Sentinel Super 24 Senior, Dixie Dozen team member and Florida player of the year ... first team all-South member by Lindy's ... the first team 4A allstate quarterback both his junior and senior years ... led his Niceville High team to the 1988 Class 4A state championship... UPI rated him the fourth QB and 14th best player in the nation ... won the Northwest Florida Scholastic Award for 1988-89 ... his senior season, completed 88 of 155 passes for 1,563 yards and 19 TDs ... also rushed for 268 yards and seven scores ... in his career, accumulated 2,900 yards and 35 TDs ... runs 4.6 in the 40 ... rated one of the Top 25 baseball prospects in America by Baseball America ... drafted in the second round, 46th overall, of the 1989 amateur baseball draft by the San Diego Padres ... plans to pursue baseball career at FSU ... quarterbacked the Florida team in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All Star game.
Marvin Ferrell, TE, 6-6, 255, Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines HS)-
Played primarily defensive end his senior year, but will be a dangerous tight end ... a tight end his junior year, but caught only one pass in 1988 ... made 39 tackles on defense ... a Parade All-American and honorable mention USA Today .. a first team all-state choice (Class 4A) as a defensive lineman ... earned honorable mention on the Orlando Sentinel Dixie Dozen and Florida-Georgia Super 24 team..made Lindy's first team all-South squad ... also a Florida Times Union Super 24 choice and all-district team member ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.
Matt Frier, WR, 5-11, 190, Live Oak, Fla. (Suwannee HS)-
Set a number of state records his senior year, including receptions in a season (99), career receptions (220), career receiving yardage (3,688), touchdowns (41) ... ranks second on national career reception list ... USA Today's Player of the Year for the state of Florida and honorable mention All-USA ... Class 3A all-state receiver ... Super Prep All-American ... won the Bobby Dodd National High School Back of the Year Award for Florida ... member of the Florida-Georgia Super 24 squad and a second team all-South performer by Lindy's ... garnered offensive player of the year honors from two newspapers - the Tallahassee Democrat and Florida Times Union ... led Suwannee to consecutive Class 3A state championships ... in 1988, caught 99 passes for 1,716 yards and 20 touchdowns ... played in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.
Warren Hart, TE, 6-2, 245, Jacksonville, Fla. (Jackson HS)-
A first team 5A all-state choice who carries excellent academic credentials as well as athletic ... an honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today ... member of the Florida Times Union Super 24 squad ... earned second team all-South mention from Lindy's Magazine ... all-city and Most Valuable Offensive Player in the district ... caught 32 passes for 695 yards and five touchdowns ... averaged 21.7 yards per catch ... led district in receiving and ranked third in scoring ... also played linebacker and made 94 tackles ... runs 40 in 4.7 seconds.
Mack Knight, CB, 6-1, 180, Woodbine, Ga. (Camden County HS)-
A speedster who led Camden County to a pair of 3A regional titles during his tenure...good coverage man first noticed at Bobby Bowden's football camp ... nabbed six interceptions his senior year, including three in one game ... a three-year starter ... ran a personal best 10.8 100-yard dash in the Bob Hayes Invitational track meet in Jacksonville during his senior year.
Kevin Knox, WR, 6-3,185, Niceville, Fla. (Niceville HS)-
First team 4A all-state choice in 1988 ... comes to FSU along with his high school quarterback Kenny Felder ... earned Northwest Florida first team honors from the Pensacola News Journal ... caught 39 passes for 740 yards his senior season ... nine TD catches ... averaged 19 yards per reception ... scored 20 points per game and grabbed eight rebounds per contest for basketball team ... also ran track for Niceville and placed in the state 4A track championships his senior year.
Amp Lee, RB, 6-0,185, Chipley, Fla. (Chipley HS)-
Legitimate two-sport star who has led Chipley basketball team to the state 2A finals as a guard ... in football, was a USA Today honorable mention All-America selection ... earned first team all-state honors in Class 2A ... the Pensacola News Journal's all-Northwest Florida running back...led Chipley to state football semifinals ... rushed for over 4,000 yards and 68 TDs in three seasons ... as a senior, gained 979 yards on 155 carries for an average of 6.7 yards per carry ... also scored 20 touchdowns rushing ... caught 21 passes for 372 yards ... his junior season was statistically his best as he gained 1,757 yards in 10 games ... also a standout free safety, where he picked off 25 passes in his career.
Efferin Macon, RB/CB, 5-10, 175, Gadsden, Ala. (Litchfield HS)-
Versatile athlete who was a running back, defensive back, quarterback, punt returner, kickoff returner and punter for the Litchfield team in 1988 ... a 4A all-state selection ... as a sophomore starter, his team won the state championship ... this season, rushed for 1,714 yards and scored 27 touchdowns ... averaged 7.9 yards per carry ... also passed for two TDs ... as a punter, averaged 38.5 yards per kick ... made nine interceptions over his junior and senior seasons ... good speed with a 4.5 40 time.
Todd McIntosh, DL, 6-3, 225, Richardson, Texas (L.U. Berkner HS)-
The youngest signee, he turned 17 in January ... one of the top 100 prospects in Texas ... named one of the Top 25 linemen in the state by Texas Football Magazine ... as a senior, had 55 solo tackles and 22 assists ... caused a pair of fumbles and credited with four sacks ... ranks 10th in career tackles at his high school ... born in Tallahassee.
John Nance, LB, 6-2, 255, Bartow, Fla. (Bartow HS)-
Another honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today .. made Lindy's all-Florida team ... among the top tight ends in the nation ... hails from same high school as FSU All-America candidate Odell Haggins and offensive lineman Hayward Haynes ... one of FSU's late commitments ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game ... broke Bartow record for rebounds in basketball ... was the leading rebounder for the Bartow High state championship team his junior year and the state runner-up his senior year.
Sterling Palmer, LB, 6-7, 250, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)-
One of FSU's most heralded recruits of 1989 ... made the Parade and USA Today All-America teams ... rated the number two linebacking prospect in the nation by UPI ... a first team all-South selection by Lindy's Magazine ... first team all-state pick ... credited with 115 tackles, eight sacks and five passes broken up in 1988 ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game ... can reportedly run a 4.52 in the 40 ... an excellent track talent who has thrown the shot 62 feet and the discus 183 feet ... was the state class 3A discus champion with a 175 feet-3 inch throw his senior year ... interested in continuing his track career at FSU ... prefers inside linebacker.
Willie Pauldo, LB, 6-2, 211, Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo HS)-
Comes to FSU with a reputation as a hitter ... first team Class 4A linebacker ... made the Florida-Georgia Super 24 list and the allCentral Florida squad ... the District 9 player of the year ... made 178 tackles his senior season...in on a season high 20 tackles against Deland ... another track performer who has run 23.4 in the 200 meter dash ... a participant in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game.
Jason Peirce, LB, 6-3, 220, Satellite Beach, Fla. (Satellite Beach HS)-
Selected a first team all-Space Coast linebacker in 1988 ... an allCentral Florida choice and the Orlando Sentinel's Brevard County Defensive Player of the Year...earned second team 4A all-state mention ... at linebacker, made 67 tackles, including 41 solo ... at fullback, rushed for 432 yards on 44 carries for 9.5 yards per carry... has 4.5 speed in the 40 and runs the 200 in 23.4.
Maurice Pinckney, RB, 6-0, 200, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Stranahan HS)-
Rushed for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior out of both the fullback and tailback positions ... an honorable mention All-America choice by USA Today ... made the second team 3A all-state list ... a member of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Super 11 squad ... with Palmer and Nance, gives FSU one of its strongest recruiting classes from South Florida.
Dominique Ross, RB, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines HS)-
Named the Florida Times Union Player of the Year in Jacksonville ... also a member of the Super 24 team ... a third team 3A all-state choice ... an all-district selection as well ... has rushed for over 3,100 yards in his career ... total includes 1,078 yards in 1988 ... scored 14 touchdowns to lead the district and averaged 8.3 yards per carry ... top performance came against Orange Park with 184 yards on eight carries ... an unselfish back who is used to sharing time in the backfield.
Eric Shaw, LB, 6-3, 222, Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola HS)-
Acclaimed as a Parade, USA Today and Super Prep All-American ... UPI rates him in top 25 players in the nation ... earned first team 4A all-state honors in 1987 and 1988 ... has been invited to play in the Florida-Georgia all-star game ... honorable mention to the Orlando Sentinel Dixie Dozen list and one of their Super 24 seniors ... third team all-South ... chosen the Northwest Florida defensive player of the year by the Pensacola News Journal ... made 113 tackles and 24 quarterback sacks as a senior...averaged 13 tackles per game ... played defensive end/outside linebacker at Pensacola ... was a defensive standout for the Florida squad in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game with five tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
Eric Turral, WR, 5-11, 175, Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby HS)-
Top-notch receiver and return man ... Lindy's Recruiting Magazine tabbed him as the number one player in the South and placed him on its all-South first team ... a Parade and SuperPrep All-American ... made the honorable mention All-USA Today team ... a first team Class 4A all-state choice ... one of the Florida-Georgia Super 24 ... earned a spot on the Orlando Sentinel' Dixie Dozen team ... Super Prep called him the third best high school player in the country ... in 1988, caught 23 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns ... rushed for 132 yards on 18 carries and returned eight kickoffs for 261 (32.6 avg.) yards and a TD ... also returned eight punts for 209 yards. a 26 yard average ... his junior season, returned a state record eight kicks (two kickoffs, six punts) for touchdowns ... said to run the 40 in 4.3-4.4 range ... played in the 1989 Florida-Georgia All-Star game and caught two passes ... ran a personal best 10.5 100-yard dash his senior season.
Charlie Ward, QB, 6-1, 175, Thomasville, Ga. (Central HS)-
Signed with the Class of 1988, but did not enroll at Florida State due to Proposition 48 regulations ... later achieved the required test score and attended classes at Tallahassee Community College on a parttime basis ... joins FSU as a true freshman in 1989 ... top quarterback in the state of Georgia as a senior in 1987 ... rushed for 1,000 yards and threw for 1,891 ... hit 109 of 190 passes that season... accounted for 25 TDs, nine rushing and 16 passing... Most Valuable Player in the '88 Florida-Georgia All-Star game, leading Georgia to the victory ... made Super Prep Magazine's all-Dixie team ... the Georgia Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Constitution ... also a second team all-state pick in basketball... parents attended Florida A&M ... born October 12,1970.