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2000 Seminole Football Recruit Bios

Feb. 2, 2000

Complete Signing Day Coverage

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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