Aug. 2, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s football program welcomed
eight new players on Monday as the 1999 football signing class reported
to Tallahassee to begin pre-season workouts. The eight players, all
freshmen, make up one of the smallest classes in terms of numbers in FSU
history because the 1999 FSU team lost just 15 lettermen from last
year’s third-ranked team.
“There are not very many of them, but they look like they are
ready to go,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “We’re anxious to get out
there and see what they can do. Some of these guys will get a chance to
play this year if they are ready. I said when we signed them that these
guys had courage with the large number of players we have returning.
They believe they can beat out some of the players in front of them.”
The new class is missing three recruits who signed letters of
intent, but failed to reach NCAA minimums. Quarterback Fabian Walker
from Americus, Ga., and linebacker Kendyll Pope of Lake City, Fla., will
not enroll at FSU this fall, but will attempt to qualify in the fall and
register in January. FSU coaches learned Sunday that cornerback B.J.
Ward from Dallas, Tex., was not cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse and so
will not enroll at FSU this fall.
Reporting for dinner at the Moore Center on Monday night were:
Anquan Boldin, QB, Pahokee, Fla., Rufus Brown, DB, El Paso, Tex.,
Cornelius Collier, LB, Miami, Fla., Darnell Dockett, DL, Burtonsville,
Md., Randy Golightly, FB, Tallahassee, Alonzo Jackson, DL, Americus,
Ga., Nick Maddox, RB, Kannapolis, N.C., Jeff Womble, DL, Dunwoody, Ga.
Two members of the class, Kevin Emanuel and Corey Whitaker, enrolled at
FSU in the spring.