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National champs reload


Published:   |   Updated: February 6, 2014 at 06:15 AM

TALLAHASSEE — National champion Florida State added two highly touted receivers and one of the top running backs in the country on national signing day.

The Seminoles put together another highly ranked recruiting class and brought in plenty of offensive talent to surround Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Both Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked the 28-man class No. 4 in the country while ESPN ranked it No. 3.

Receivers Ermon Lane (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and Travis Rudolph (6-2, 190), will join already enrolled running back Dalvin Cook, Florida’s 2013 Mr. Football, as the next wave of offensive skill players at Florida State.

Rudolph is ranked the No. 1 receiver by Rivals.com while Lane is rated a five-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

The Seminoles also signed seven offensive linemen, and they went big. None of the seven are listed under 6-foot-5 with Kareem Are measuring 6-6, 350 pounds and Roderick Johnson at 6-7, 330 pounds. The group averages 313 pounds.

Florida State has four returning starters on the line, but all are expected to be gone in 2015.

“It’s one of the most complete classes we’ve been able to sign,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We hit needs all the way across the board and filled it with great players and at every position across the board we got somebody.

“The group has a lot of size, a lot of length, some very good football players and multi-positional. There are guys who can play two, three or even four positions.”

Strong-armed quarterback J.J. Cosentino was the lone signal-caller in the group. Fisher needed at least one more quarterback after Jacob Coker transferred to Alabama.

Kelly promoted to defensive coordinator

Charles Kelly will be the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator, Fisher confirmed.

The former linebackers coach gets the promotion after Jeremy Pruitt left to take the same position at Georgia. Kelly will be in charge of the secondary, which Pruitt also coached.

Kelly joined the Florida State staff in 2013 after coaching defensive backs for the last three of his seven years at Georgia Tech. The 46-year-old has had previous stints as defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State, Henderson State, Nicholls State. He was the interim defensive coordinator for a half season at Georgia Tech in 2012.

Florida State Signings

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School

Kareem Are OL 6-6 336 Floral Park, N.Y. (Fort Scott CC)

Demarcus Christmas DT 6-3 300 Manatee

Dalvin Cook RB 5-11 196 Miami Central

J.J. Cosentino QB 6-4 225 New Kensington (Pa.) Central Cathollic

Kain Daub LB 6-4 243 Jacksonville Sandalwood

Alec Eberle OL 6-5 285 Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee

Lorenzo Featherston DE 6-7 225 Page (N.C.)

Stephen Gabbard LS 6-3 215 Tallahassee Godby

Ja’Von Harrison WR 6-3 190 Kathleen

Ryan Izzo TE 6-6 235 Pope John XXIII (N.J.)

Malique Jackson DB 6-1 180 Wayne County (Ga.)

Roderick Johnson OL 6-7 330 Hazelwood Central (Mo.)

Fredrick Jones DT 6-2 270 Miami Central

Derrick Kelly OL 6-5 290 East Gadsden

Ermon Lane WR 6-3 200 Homestead

Rick Leonard DE 6-7 260 Middletown (Md.)

Trey Marshall DB 6-0 196 Lake City Columbia

Corey Martinez OL 6-5 300 Tampa Catholic

Chad Mavety OL 6-5 320 Nassau CC

Derrick Nnadi DT 6-2 300 Virginia Beach Ocean Lakes

Jacob Pugh LB 6-4 235 Tallahassee Godby

Delvin Purifoy LB 6-2 240 Pensacola Catholic

Brock Ruble OL 6-8 320 Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha Catholic

Travis Rudolph WR 6-2 190 Cardinal Newman

Mavin Saunders TE 6-6 240 Kinkaid (Bahamas)

Adam Torres DT 6-4 280 Lake Mary

Johnathan Vickers RB 6-1 220 North Florida Christian

Arthur Williams DT 6-5 298 E.E. Smith (N.C.)

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