Feb. 3, 2004
Tallahassee, FL –
Wednesday is national signing day for football and there is only one place to get the official list of confirmed letters of intent with Florida State University. The Sports Information Office will update a list on this site immediately upon the receipt of letters of intent by the Seminole coaching staff. The list that will be posted on this site will be the only official list of incoming letters. It will be updated first before distribution to the media.
Fans should check this website first, but those without access to a computer can get the updated list via phone at 850-644-3390. This phone message will be updated every hour, so the website will be much more up to date that the phone.
In general terms, no Division 1A school can have more than 25 student-athletes in any incoming class of football student-athletes. There is no limit on how many letters of intent are accepted by any school, but only 25 can enter with the class. The only other general stipulation limiting the number of scholarships in Division 1A football is that no school can have more than 85 student-athletes on football grants during any season.
2004 Official Signees (as of 8:55 a.m.)
Citra, FL (North Marion)
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 21 rated wide-receiver in the nation…all-state selection as a junior for Class 3A…recorded 42 catches for 1,142 and 13 TD’s…a two-sport athlete who also played basketball at North Marion.
Bradenton, FL (Lakewood Ranch)
A two-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 15 rated kicker in the nation…garnered first-team All-American from Kicking.com…was the Manatee County MVP and was named all-area for Manatee and Sarasota counties…made 12-of-14 field goals, including all five attempts from over 50 yards…in addition, 89% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks…earned first-team all-state honors as a junior…picked Florida State over Georgia Tech.
Quincy, FL (Hargrave Military Academy)
Enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2004…attended Shanks High School…originally committed to Florida State in 2003 before going to Hawgrave Military Academy…broke his leg at the beginning of the season at Hargrave…a four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 15 rated wide receiver in the nation…voted one of Florida’s Super 75 by the Florida Times Union…ranked in Rivals Southeast Top 100…one of Florida’s Top 100 by the Orlando Sentinel…also ranked No. 27 in Rivals.com Florida Top 100…as a senior, recorded 41 catches for 808 yards and 11 TD’s…made class 2A first-team all-state and was named the class 2A Player of the Year…scored four TD’s in Shanks’ first round playoff loss to Walton 49-48 (OT)…was selected to play in the 2003 California-Florida Bowl…earned all-conference and all-county honors as a junior…tallied 29 catches for 585 yards…has been timed at 4.40 in the 40…picked Florida State over Florida and Georgia.
Coffeyville, KS (Coffeyville CC)
Enrolled at FSU in the spring of 2004…a four-star player by Rivals.com…a native of Pensacola, Fla. (Woodham High School)…had an outstanding senior season as he totaled 156 tackles and 14 sacks…in 2003 at Coffeyville CC, he tallied 89 tackles and four sacks in leading his team to a 9-2 record…earned all-conference and JUCO all-american honors…extremely fast linebacker with the speed to cover the field side to side…has been timed at a 4.40/40…picked Florida State over South Carolina and West Virginia.
Orlando, FL (Edgewater)
A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 14 rated safety in the nation…a two-sport athlete who also played basketball at Edgewater…helped lead his team to the 6A State Championship in 2003…totaled 60 tackles and five INT’s as a senior…as a junior, he recorded 60 tackles (35 unassisted tackles and 25 assisted) along with six INT’s…was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl…has been timed at 4.51 in the 40…picked Florida State over Miami, Florida and Georgia.
Aaron Jones, III
Orlando, FL (Edgewater)
A five-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 10 rated defensive tackle in the nation… USA Today second-team defense all-american…regarded as the top defensive tackle in the state of Florida…earned all-league, all-area and all-state honors while racking up 80 tackles and five sacks his senior season…as a junior, he earned all-league, all-area and all-state honors…totaled 69 tackles, including 49 unassisted, 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks…has a great combination of size and speed…has been timed at 4.80 in the 40…was starter for the East squad in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX…his father, Aaron Sr., was a first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers and played nine seasons in the NFL…would like to major in Business/Criminology at FSU…picked Florida State over Miami, Georgia and NC State.
Miami, FL (Northwestern)
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 6 rated cornerback in the nation… PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member…finished with 48 tackles, 5 INT’s and 11 pas break-ups his senior season…was named all-Dade honorable mention as a junior after totaling 75 tackles, 3 INT’s and 15 pass break-ups…was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl and recorded the game ending interception that helped preserve the win for team Florida…has been timed at 4.40 in the 40…picked Florida State over Miami and Kansas State.
Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian)
A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 24 rated all-purpose back in the country…fourth rated running back in the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75… as a senior he had 1,600 yards and 22 TD’s in helping his Trinity Christian team to the 1A state championship, defeating Ft. Meade 17-7…earned all-state honors as a junior after tallying 1,900 yards and 27 TD’s…from his DB spot he had 50 unassisted tackles, 31 assisted tackles, 5 INT’s and 12 pass breakups…has been timed at 4.40 in the 40…picked Florida State over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida.
Atlanta, GA (Westlake)
A three-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 29 ranked offensive tackle in the nation…can squat over 500 lbs. and benches from 300 to 360 lbs…nickname is “Baby Shaq”…has great speed for a player his size…also played basketball for Westlake…picked Florida State over Florida, LSU, Virginia and Kentucky.
Pace, FL (Pace)
A two-star player by Rivals.com…a big bruising fullback with good speed…rushed for 958 yards on 176 attempts (5.4 average) with 13 TD’s in just nine games during his senior season…also had nine receptions for 109 yards…earned honorable mention all-Northwest Florida honors…has been timed at 4.70 in the 40…picked Florida State over Auburn, Clemson, Southern Mississippi and South Florida.
Madison, FL (Madison)
A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 26 rated safety in the nation…a hard-hitting safety who is strong against the pass and the run…earned All-North Florida honors with 65 tackles and two INT’s as a junior…as a sophomore he had 13 INT’s …his Madison County team finished runner up in the state 2A championship, losing to Chaminade…he rushed for 81 yards on only 5 carries (16.2 average) and led the team with 9 tackles…also competed in track, participating in the 100M, 400M, 4×100, long jump and the high jump…was a member of team Florida in the 2004 California-Florida Bowl held on January 2…has been timed at 4.50 in the 40…picked Florida State over Florida.