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2002 FSU Football Recruiting Information

Coach Bobby Bowden poses with Kamerion Wimbley, from Wichita, Kan., left, and Nate Hardage, from Albany, Ga., right, during a news conference on Signing Day.

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Wednesday, February 6 was the first day that student-athletes around the country
could sign letters-of-intent which are binding committments to attend a university. As of 11:45 a.m. Thursday, February 21, Florida State has signed 23 football players to national letters-of-intent. The list of players is below.

**Latest Signee

#Previously signed and currently enrolled at FSU.

**James Davis

5-10, 230, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland)

A top-10 ranked linebacker in multiple publications…ranked as the nation’s No. 5 linebacker by Rivals100.com…selected to the Prep Star Dream Team…earned USA Today First Team All-American honors…TheInsiders.com ranks Davis as the nation’s No. 8 linebacker prospect…ranked ninth-best linebacker in the nation by SchoolSports…ranked in the top 100 players nationally on several lists, including SuperPrep, Student Sports 100, and Tom Lemming’s top100…named to the SuperPrep All-America team…Florida Kids rated Davis as the No. 1 linebacker in Florida…ranked 30th prospect overall in Florida by Florida Kids…earned a perfect 7.50 rating in Max Emfinger’s Top 200…had over 140 tackles as senior…closed out his career with nearly 400 career tackles…recorded 101 solo stops and forced seven fumbles as a junior … selected Florida State over Ohio State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Syracuse…nicknamed “Buster”.

Lorenzo Booker

Running Back, 5-11, 178, Ventura, Cal. (St. Bonaventure)

One of the nation’s top prospects…named a Parade All-American and to the PrepStar Dream Team…top-rated running back in the nation according to Parade…Rivals100.com’s No. 3 rated prospect in the nation…earned USA Today All-USA First Team honors as a senior…No.1 rated running back in the nation according to Rivals100.com…Tom Lemmings’ No.3 overall prospect and No. 2 running back in the country…ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior…added 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores…rushed for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior…earned Junior Player of the Year honors for the state of California…runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4…selected Florida State over Notre Dame, USC and Washington.

Nate Hardage#

Linebacker, 6-2, 230, Albany, Ga. (Jones County CC)

Solid defensive play at Jones earned Hardage a spot on the Clarion-Ledger Top 25 list…recorded 62 tackles in his sophomore season at Jones…12 were tackles for loss…also forced five fumbles…first-team all-state selection in class 3A as a high school senior…SuperPrep’s No. 35 prospect nationally…made 144 tackles and had 16 sacks as a senior…stellar senior season included Tifton Gazette Defensive Player of the Year honors…also was selected to play in the 2000 Georgia-Florida All-Star game…selected Florida State over Georgia, Auburn, and Memphis.

Kamerion Wimbley#

Defensive Line, 6-4, 225, Wichita, Kansas (Northwest)

Strong, fast and athletic, Wimbley is considered one of the top athletes in the nation…highly recruited lineman was named a Parade All-American…also earned SuperPrep All-American honors…SuperPrep’s No. 5 prospect in state of Kansas…Rivals100.com’s No. 4 weakside defensive end…named to the PrepStar Dream Team…No. 33 on TheInsiders.com’s Top 101 list…also ranked on the SuperPrep Top 100…Max Emfinger’s Top 225…Tom Lemming’s Top 100…ranked No. 12 among Lemming’s Top 25 linebackers…played defensive end, linebacker, quarterback, receiver and punter in high school… selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Chauncey Stovall (previously signed)

Wide Receiver, 6-2, 200, Vero Beach, Fla. (Hinds CC)

SuperPrep’s No. 1 junior college prospect overall…ranked seventh on Rivals100.com’s top non-high school athletes…earned JUCO All-American honors…also rated a five-star prospect by Rivals100.com…top wide receiver prospect from 2000…caught 78 passes for 700 yards and eight TDs in his first season at Hinds…had 1,450 all-purpose yards as a high school senior…also added 30 TDs…selected Florida State over Miami and West Virginia.

Chris Bradwell

Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 255, Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee)

Interior defensive lineman who combines strength and explosive quickness …SuperPrep’s No. 17 defensive tackle from Georgia…recorded 85 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior…also caught eight passes for 150 yards while playing tight end… recorded 70 total tackles and 37 solo stops as a junior …added nine tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks… selected Florida State over Georgia and Louisville.

Chris Anderson

Defensive Line,
6-3, 275, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin)

One of the nation’s top defensive line prospects…earned All-First Coast Defensive Player of the Year honors…Florida Times-Union’s No. 1 rated defensive tackle in Florida…named a Florida Times-Union Preseason Top 11 Pick…SuperPrep’s 11th-ranked Florida player…ranked 34th on Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Florida prospects…SchoolSports’ No. 8 defensive tackle… ranked No. 27 on TheInsiders.com’s top 101… credited with 22 sacks as a senior… recorded 27 sacks as a junior…was a defensive anchor on the District 1-6A champion Mustangs…earned Second Team All-State accolades as a senior…also earned 2001 All-Gridiron Football Dream Team honors as a senior… All-Northeast Florida second team selection as a junior…an athletic lineman who can play interior line or end…has a good combination of size and speed…ran a 4.7 40-yard dash in high school…selected Florida State over Florida, South Carolina, Michigan State and Miami.

Cory Niblock

Offensive Line, 6-4, 280,
St. Augustine, Fla. (Nease)

A three-year starter at Nease…recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior…anchored offensive line that led Panthers running back Matt O’Steen to a 5.8 yards-per-carry average…earned third-team All-State honors…also appeared in the North-South Shrine Bowl All-Star game…also played one season of basketball…will play either offensive guard or tackle for Florida State.

Leon Washington

Athlete, 5-9, 180,
Jacksonville, Fla. (Andrew Jackson)

Exceptional all-around athlete who spent time at running back, cornerback and wide receiver…named 2002 Mr. Florida in football after a senior season where he dominated on both sides of the ball…earned Florida Times Union Player of the Year honors…rated the No. 3 prospect overall from Florida by the Orlando Sentinel…Alliance Sports’s No. 7 prospect overall in the nation…named to the Prep Star Dream Team…the No. 1 cornerback in the country as rated by Rivals100.com… the No. 7 cornerback in the country according to TheInsiders.com … Rivals100.com’s No. 9 player overall…Florida Kids’ No. 28 prospect from Florida…named to Bill Buchalter’s Florida Super 26…also earned recognition on the Athlon Sports Top 100 High School Seniors, SuperPrep’s Top 100 nationally, and Max Emfinger’s Top 200… rushed for 2,437 yards and 28 TDs as a senior …was a threat on kick and punt returns, returning three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns…defensively Washington had 88 tackles (52 solos) and three interceptions…selected Florida State over Florida, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Maryland.

Lorne Sam

Wide Receiver, 6-2, 180, Buford, Ga. (Buford)

Brother of current Seminole receiver P.K. Sam…a big wide receiver with good speed…ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the Atlanta Nike camp… earned PrepStar All-American honors…completed 61 of 115 passes for 1,439 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior …lone pick of the season came on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half of the state title game…also ran for 548 yards and four TDs on 64 carries… earned all-state honors as a senior after leading Buford to a 15-0 record and a state title…ranked No. 22 in Rivals100.com athletes list…selected Florida State over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Chris Davis

Wide Receiver, 6-0, 170, St. Petersburg, Fla. (Catholic)

Played quarterback, defensive back and wide receiver in high school…one of the top athletes in this year’s class…highly recruited athlete who was named a PrepStar Dream Team member and Parade All-American… named best all-around athlete by Parade…a Rivals100.com five-star athlete…ranked as the No. 2 athlete in the country by Rivals100.com…selected to the USA Today All-USA squad…named to the Riddell Footwear All-American Team…No. 6 overall prospect according to Rivals100.com…Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection…No. 5 prospect from Florida according to the Orlando Sentinel…named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100…threw for 1,288 yards, 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his senior year…also rushed for 990 yards and 15 TDs…averaged 43 yards per kickoff return…returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns…added 48 tackles and five interceptions… threw for 1,599 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior …also rushed for 1,587 yards as a junior, totaling over 3,000 yards in offense…has been clocked in the 40 at 4.3…selected Florida State over Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and USC.

Lonnie Davis

Tight End, 6-4, 255, Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White)

Highly recruited blocking tight end… rated as the No. 5 tight end nationally by TheInsiders.com …fifth-ranked tight end prospect nationally according to Max Emfinger…also named to Emfinger’s top 200 list…named to the Florida Times-Union’s Super 75…chosen to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl…named to the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 list…Florida Kids’ No. 1 rated tight end in Florida…selected to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100 team…ranked on SchoolSports Top 150…selected to the Athlon 200 for 2002 list…also named to the Alliance Sports 250 list…caught five passes as a senior while playing in a run-oriented offense…selected Florida State over Arkansas, Auburn and Michigan State.

Dishon Platt

Wide Receiver, 6-0, 180, Punta Gorda, Fla. (Charlotte County)

A highly sought after recruit with great speed and hands… earned Parade All-American honors…was also named Parade’s No. 1 national wide receiver prospect…selected as the nation’s top wide receiver prospect by several publications, including the Florida Times-Union’s Super 75, Athlon Sports Top100 High School Seniors, Alliance Sports Top 101 and Tom Lemming’s Top 100…Florida Kids rates Platt as the No. 2 prospect from Florida…selected to the Prep Star Dream Team…named to the Orlando Sentinel’s Top100 and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100…TheInsiders.com’s No. 2 wide receiver and No. 9 prospect overall…also named to Max Emfinger’s 2001 National High School All America Team…selected to the USA Today All-USA First Team…Student Sports ranks Platt as the top wide receiver and No. 7 prospect overall in the nation… rated as the No. 3 player in state of Florida by SuperPrep and No. 14 on SuperPrep’s Elite 50…SchoolSports’ No. 3 wide receiver nationally and No. 24 overall prospect…named to Bill Buchalter’s Florida Super 26…selected to Max Emfinger’s Top150…earned Pre-Season All-America status after standout junior season when he led the state with 64 receptions, 1,470 yards and 16 TDs…as a senior caught 59 passes for 912 yards and 15 touchdowns…also added two TDs on punt returns…plans to be a dual-sport star for FSU, as Platt averaged 20 points per game for the wants to play basketball for the Seminoles…selected Florida State over University of South Florida, Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina State and Louisiana State University.

Chris Turner

Defensive Line, 6-3, 270, Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White)

A dominating run stuffer who has the speed to play defensive end or defensive tackle…led his team with 12 sacks and recorded 59 tackles as a senior …was selected to play in both the CaliFlorida and National All-Star games…was ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel…a PrepStar Dream Team selection…ranked 30th on the Sentinel’s Florida Top 100 list…Max Emfinger ranks Turner as the No. 6 noseguard in the country…ranked 14th-best noseguard nationally by Rivals100.com…named to the Florida Kids Top 100 team (No. 34 overall)…earned Florida Times-Union Super 75, Super 24 and Super 11 honors…also named to the Sunshine Network All-Gridiron First Team… made 82 tackles, including nine for loss…recorded 14 sacks as a senior…forced four fumbles and recovered two…ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65…has a 30″ vertical leap…selected Florida State over Florida, Miami, Georgia, South Carolina and Michigan State.

Torrance Washington

Fullback, 6-1, 230, Madison County, Fla. (Madison)

A big physical back that can run over defenders or around them…rushed for 1,161yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior…led Madison to Class 2A state championship…ran a 4.52 40-yard dash…posted a vertical leap of 33 inches…chose Florida State over Mississippi State, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Carolina…transferred to Madison from Bradenton Southeast, the school which produced Adrian McPherson, Todd Williams and Peter Warrick.

Darrell Burston

Athlete, 6-2, 210, Fayetteville, Ga. (Starr’s Mill)

A standout defensive prospect who played both linebacker and defensive end… rated one of the top linebackers in the nation by TheInsiders.com… led team with 14 sacks…recorded 98 tackles as a senior, including 27 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss… …grabbed national attention after posting a 4.45 40-yard dash at summer camps…showed outstanding athleticism, recording a 44″ vertical leap at the Georgia Tech camp…selected Florida State over Georgia Tech, Duke, Auburn, Wake Forest and Maryland.

A.J. Nicholson

Linebacker, 6-2, 232, Winston Salem, N.C. (Mt. Tabor)

Highly recruited linebacker who was named a Parade All-American…Prep Star Dream Team selection…named to the USA Today All-USA Second Team…TheInsiders.com’s No. 3 linebacker in the nation…No. 3 rated middle linebacker in the nation according to Max Emfinger… rated the eight-best linebacker in the nation according to SchoolSports…Countdown to Signing Day First Team All-South selection…selected to Athlon Sports Top100 High School Seniors and the Alliance Sports Top 100 lists…named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 100 team…had 147 tackles as a senior… made 170 tackles and had 23 tackles for losses as a junior …selected Florida State over Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

Wyatt Sexton

Quarterback, 6-3, 185, Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon)

Rated the top quarterback prospect in state of Florida by Bill Buchalter and the Florida Times-Union…put up some of the best passing numbers in Tallahassee history…threw for 2,193 yards, 19 TDs and was intercepted only seven times as a senior … passed for over 2,900 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior…finished career with over 5,000 yards passing in two years…selected Florida State over Illinois, Auburn, N.C. State and North Carolina…is son of FSU running backs coach Billy Sexton.

Pat Watkins

Safety, 6-4, 195, Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

Hard-hitting safety with exceptional cover skills…defensive stalwart who led team to 40 victories and two state championships in three years as a starter…selected as a Parade All-American…named to USA Today’s All-USA First Team…also named to the Florida Times-Union’s Super 75…TheInsiders.com’s No. 1 rated safety…Max Emfinger’s No. 1 free safety prospect…Rivals100.com’s No. 2 safety in the nation…No. 19 on the SuperPrep Elite 50 list… Rivals100.com’s No. 26 prospect overall…named to Bill Buchalter’s Florida Super 26 list…Florida Kids’ No. 1 safety and #14 player in Florida…ranked 21st on Tom Lemmings Top 100 nationally…also named to Lindy’s 102 for 2002 list… racked up over 140 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior …added six kick returns for touchdowns…played at Lincoln with current Seminoles Craphonso Thorpe and Andrew Henry-Kennon…selected Florida State over Miami, Georgia, USC and Florida.

Broderick Bunkley

Defensive Line, 6-3, 260, Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlin)

No. 2 rated defensive tackle according to Florida Times-Union…named to the Times-Union Super 75…selected to play in the 2002 Georgia-Florida All-Star game…was No. 14 overall on the Florida Kids top 100 list…rated as the No. 2 defensive lineman by Florida Kids…also named to the 2001 Florida Kids All-Gridiron Football Dream Team… had 18 1/2 sacks as a senior…led team to the state finals as a senior… runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and can bench press just over 350 pounds…selected Florida State over Florida and Miami.

Thomas Clayton

Running Back, 5-11, 194, Alexandria, Va. (Mt. Vernon)

A SuperPrep All-American…was also SuperPrep’s eighth-ranked running back…named to the USA Today All-USA second team…possess great speed, evidenced by his 4.32 40-yard dash…rushed for over 2,000 yards as a senior…found the end zone 26 times…Rivals100.com rates him as the No. 8 running back in nation…rated 15th-best running back by TheInsiders.com…ranked eighth in Tom Lemmings’ Top 25 running backs…led Mount Vernon to the AAA Division 5 title…selected Florida State over North Carolina, Penn State, and Notre Dame…nicknamed “Hollywood”.

Sam McGrew

Linebacker, 6-3, 230, Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla)

The combination of strength and speed makes McGrew the best inside linebacker prospect in Florida according to many publications…SuperPrep’s No. 38 prospect in the nation…No. 14 ranked linebacker prospect according to TheInsiders.com…rated the No. 4 linebacker from Florida and the No. 32 prospect in the nation according to Florida Kids…finished his senior season with over 150 tackles…represented Florida in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game…Rivals100.com’s No. 15 linebacker in the nation…a Florida Times-Union Super 75 selection…named to Max Emfinger’s Top 250…selected Florida State over Florida, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Kentucky.

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