Class of 1999
ANQUAN BOLDIN QB, 6-2, 205 PAHOKEE, FL (PAHOKEE)-
Listed as one of the top prospects in the country by nearly every publication ... a USA Today All-USA first-team selection and Florida Player of the Year ... Florida's Mr. Football ... first-team Class 3A all-state player ... SuperPrep's No. 1 skilled athlete and No. 1 prospect nationally ... Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Football Player of the Year for Florida (overall athletic and academic performance) ... ranked as the No. 7 prospect nationally by Tom Lemming ... No. 1 prospect in Florida by the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune ... ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Florida by the Gainesville Sun ... the No. 37 prospect nationally by The Sporting News ... named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... member of the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team and the Florida Times-Union Super 75 team ... named to the PrepStar Dream Team and listed as the No. 2 athlete in the nation ... the top rated player in the state of Florida on Bill Buchalter's All-Southern team ... as a senior, completed 133-of-233 passes for 2,842 yards and 36 touchdowns ... also rushed for 1,497 yards and 20 touchdowns ... grabbed four interceptions on defense ... set a state record with 11,433 total yards in his career ... cousin of current Seminole offensive lineman Ronald Boldin ... selected Florida State over Florida and Miami.
RUFUS BROWN DB, 5-10, 185 EL PASO, TX (AUSTIN)-
A high school option quarterback who will likely play cornerback for the Tribe ... an all-district selection at quarterback ... also played safety and cornerback at Austin ... emerged as one of the top athletes in not only the state of Texas, but the entire country by the end of the recruiting season ... PrepStar's No. 6 athlete in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12 region ... the No. 71 player in the nation according to the National Recruiting Advisor ... Tom Lemming's No. 62 prospect in the Southwest ... quickness and athletic ability have drawn comparisons to Warrick Dunn and Reggie Durden ... speed reported at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash ... a regional qualifier in the long jump for the track team as a senior ... has family in the state of Florida ... chose FSU over Texas and Arizona.
CORNELIUS COLLIER LB, 6-1, 220 MIAMI, FL (PALMETTO)-
Among the nation's best at the weakside linebacker position ... earned first-team Class 6A honors following his senior season ... rated the top weakside linebacker in the state by the Florida Times-Union ... the No. 10 prospect in the state of Florida by the Gainesville Sun ... SuperPrep's No. 8 linebacker nationally ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... named to the Super 27 by the Orlando Sentinel ... No. 28 prospect in Florida according to the Tampa Tribune ... garnered Florida Super 75 honors from the Florida Times-Union ... rated among the top 10 weakside linebackers in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and the No. 143 prospect in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... totaled 127 tackles and five sacks as a senior at Palmetto High ... selected FSU over Auburn and Florida.
DARNELL DOCKETT DL, 6-4, 260 BURTONSVILLE, MD (PAINT BRANCH)-
Regarded by many as the top defensive end in the nation ... a first team USA Today All-American and Maryland Player of the Year ... a Parade All-American ... 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year for Maryland (overall athletic and academic performance) ... ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation by RivalNet ... rated the No. 3 prospect nationally by the National Recruiting Advisor ... SuperPrep's No. 2 defensive lineman and No. 25 prospect nationally ... No. 17 prospect in the country by The Sporting News ... Tom Lemming's No. 6 prospect in the MidAtlantic region (No. 42 nationally) ... ranked No. 13 in the country by the Tampa Tribune ... named to PrepStar's Dream Team ... also named the Defensive MVP of the ACC region and co-MVP nationally by the same publication ... tallied 171 tackles (109 solo), 15 sacks, two caused fumbles, three recovered and three blocked punts in his senior season ... set a school record with 47 sacks in his career..joins Tommy Polley as the second player from the state of Maryland on the roster ... selected FSU over Ohio State and North Carolina.
KEVIN EMANUEL DL, 6-4, 240 WACO, TX (WACO)-
Heralded signee from the state of Texas who was originally a member of the 1998 class ... enrolled last spring after meeting academic standards ... tallied 71 tackles (29 solo), seven sacks, one interception (for a TD), two fumble recoveries and two fumbles caused in his senior season ... had a 310-pound bench press and a 40-yard dash time of 4.83 out of high school ... the Central Texas Defensive Player of the Year ... David Garvin's No. 1 defensive end in the state of Texas and No. 5 player overall ... rated among the top eight rush ends in the nation and tabbed an All-American by the National Recruiting Advisor... named as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the Big 12 region by PrepStar ... SuperPrep's No. 32 defensive lineman in the preseason ... cousin of Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Bert Emanuel ... chose FSU over Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Iowa.
RANDY GOLIGHTLY FB/LB, 6-2, 237 TALLAHASSEE, FL (NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN)-
Tough, hard-nosed player who will likely play fullback for the Seminoles ... played defense in high school, earning first-team Class 2A all-state honors as a linebacker ... rated the No. 63 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep ... ranked No. 116 in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... recorded 146 tackles (23 for a loss) as a senior ... exceptional strength with a bench press of more than 420 pounds .... selected FSU over Wake Forest and Southern Miss.
ALONZO JACKSON DL, 6-4, 245 AMERICUS, GA (AMERICUS)-
A standout defensive line prospect from the state of Georgia.. joins high school teammate Fabian Walker in FSU's signing class ... a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American ... selected as a SuperPrep All-American after playing both offense and defense in high school ... a first-team Class 2A all-state selection ... ranked the No. 24 defensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep and the No. 25 prospect by Dixie ... rated the No. 110 player in the Southeast by Tom Lemming ... member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia ... recorded 116 tackles, 16 sacks and three blocked kicks as a senior ... selected FSU over Georgia and Florida.
NICK MADDOX RB, 6-0, 190 KANNAPOLIS, NC (A.L. BROWN)-
One of the most sought after running backs in the country ... totaled 2,536 yards and 33 touchdowns on 267 carries as a senior (9.5 yards per carry) ... had 20 catches for 268 yards and eight scores ... added four punt returns for touchdowns of 50 yards or more ... finished his career with 6,624 rushing yards and 114 total touchdowns (state record) ... a Parade All-American and first-team USA Today All-USA selection ... the USA Today Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina ... Tom Lemming's No. 1 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic and No. 2 prospect nationally ... SuperPrep's No. 4 running back (No. 14 player overall) nationally ... No. 1 running back in the country by PrepStar and offensive MVP of the ACC region..regarded as the No. 8 prospect in the country by The Sporting News ... listed at No. 22 overall by the National Recruiting Adviser ... named the 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions high school player of the year-for the Southern region and state of North Carolina (overall athletic and academic achievement) ... the No. 1 player in the state according to Bill Buchalter ... also ran track and played basketball at Brown ... led football team to 13-1 season as a senior ... carried 10 times for 102 yards and two scores (12 and 60-yard runs) in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... reported 40-yard dash of 4.5 ... chose FSU over Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
KENDYLL POPE LB, 6-2, 212 LAKE CITY, FL (COLUMBIA)-
Regarded by many as the best defensive player in the state of Florida and one of the top linebackers in the nation ... a first team USA Today All-American and Parade All-American ... earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors ... recognized as one of the top five players in Florida by Bill Buchalter ... 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 PrepStar's 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 AllAmerican Reinard Wilson ... selected FSU over Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State.
FABIAN WALKER QB, 6-2, 205 AMERICUS, GA (AMERICUS)-
Talented quarterback who stacks 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... named Georgia high school player of the year as well as Class 2A all-state 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 the Tampa 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 ... joins Americus teammate Alonzo Jackson as a member of this year's FSU signing class ... selected FSU over Georgia and Central Florida.
B.J. WARD DB, 6-4, 200 DALLAS, TX (KIMBALL)-
Hard-hitting safety who emerged as one of the best players in the state of Texas ... frame would allow for an additional 20-30 pounds if he made the move to linebacker ... 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, choosing FSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan.
COREY WHITAKER OL, 6-4, 290 PACE, FL (PACE)-
Joins Kevin Emanuel as a spring enrollee after meeting academic standards ... originally a member of the 1998 signing class ... regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the state two years ago ... played tackle in high school, but is athletic enough to play either guard or tackle at the collegiate level ... attended the same high school as former Seminole quarterback Thad Busby ... graded out at 80 percent or better on his blocks over junior and senior seasons ... a Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection at guard ... recognized as one of the top 50 offensive line prospects in the Southeast by PrepStar ... tabbed as an All-American by the National Recruiting Advisor ... selected FSU over Alabama, Syracuse and Florida.
JEFF WOMBLE DL, 6-3, 295 DUNWOODY, GA (DUNWOODY)-
Listed as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation ... a second-team USA Today All-American ... earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors as a senior ... the No. 4-ranked defensive lineman in the country and the No. 29 prospect overall by SuperPrep ... rated the No. 44 prospect in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and Tom Lemming ... listed at No. 29 in the country by the Tampa Tribune ... recorded 69 tackles (40 solo), 15 tackles for loss, five caused fumbles and tallied 18 quarterback hurries this season ... selected FSU over Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.