Florida State welcomed its strongest group of early enrollees ever this month as Class of 2015 signees Calvin Brewton (Miami, Fla.), George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss.), Derwin James (Haines City, Fla.), De’Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla.), Da’Vante Phillips (Miami, Fla.) and Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, Va.) all enrolled for classes at FSU for the spring semester and are expected to be available for spring practice.
The eight-member early enrollee class includes seven players that were selected to postseason all-star games, six Under Armour All-Americans and one U.S. Army All-American, five players ranked among the nation’s Top 100 players, four five-star recruits, Florida’s Mr. Football and Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
“I’m extremely excited to have eight of our young freshmen come in early,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They’re a very talented group, exactly the type of guys we wanted to recruit for our program. I think they all have bright futures ahead at Florida State. I’m looking forward to them making huge contributions to the program starting this spring. Overall, it’s a tremendous group with a lot of talent and I know they’ll keep the legacy of our program intact, headed in the right direction and winning championships.”
DB, 6-0, 175
Miami, Fla./Miami Central
Enrolled at Florida State this January and is expected to participate in spring practice…consensus four-star recruit and one of the nation’s top defensive back recruits…rated the country’s 14th-best safety and the No. 187 overall player in the nation by Scout…ranked the nation’s No. 26 safety and No. 49 player in Florida by Rivals…rated the No. 29 safety and the 71st-best prospect in Florida by ESPN…rated the No. 39 safety and No. 75 player in Florida by 247Sports…played for Team Black in the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 3…first Miami Central player to earn a U.S. Army All-American Game invitation...invited to “The Opening,” an all-star prospect camp held on Nike’s campus last summer…lockdown defensive back who had 15 tackles and an interception as a senior at Miami Central, leading the Rockets to a 14-1 record and their third consecutive 6A state championship…honorable mention All-State Class 6A honoree…picked FSU over offers from Notre Dame, Clemson and Georgia among others.
WR, 6-3, 183
Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake
The five-star recruit and the seventh-best player in the nation according to ESPN is enrolled at Florida State for the spring semester and is expected to participate in spring practice…holds a four-star grade from 247Sports and is rated the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver and the 35th-best player in the country…rated a five-star recruit and the No. 5 wide receiver and No. 26 player in the nation from Rivals…ranked the No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 34 overall prospect in the nation by Scout…Ranked the No. 1 “athlete” in the country and the third-best prospect in Florida by ESPN…starred for Team Highlight in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2, totaling two receptions for 68 yards, including a 60-yard catch, to help his squad to a 46-6 victory…finished with 62 receptions for 880 yards and 12 touchdown receptions and led East Lake to the state playoffs as a senior…scored 18 touchdowns overall in 2014, adding three punt return scores, two kick return touchdowns and a rushing score…named to the 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Football Second Team and the All-Florida Football First Team…2014 Florida All-State Class 7A First Team selection…selected Florida State over offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Alabama among others.
OT, 6-7, 336
Summit, Miss./North Pike
Consensus three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and Scout from the 2014 Class who deferred his enrollment a semester to recover from shoulder surgery…committed early after the Jimbo Fisher Camp in the summer of 2013…ranked the nation’s No. 57 offensive tackle prospect and No. 16 player in Mississippi by 247Sports in the 2014 Class…ranked the No. 48 offensive tackle and No. 22 player in Mississippi by ESPN…No. 88 offensive tackle by Scout…captain at North Pike and led team to the playoffs in 2013…played on South team in Mississippi’s Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic…selected to the Clarion-Ledger All-State Second Team…nabbed Region7-4A All-Region Team honors…ranked No. 15 player in Mississippi in BulldogBlitz.com Preseason Mississippi Top 50 for 2014…chose FSU over Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
DB, 6-2, 205
Haines City, Fla./Haines City
The consensus top defensive back in the nation and a five-star recruit enrolled at Florida State this January and is expected to participate in spring practice…committed to the Seminoles in 2012…rated the nation’s No. 1 safety by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout…ranked the No. 5 player in the country and Florida’s top safety prospect by Rivals…rated the nation’s No. 4 overall player and the second-best prospect in Florida by 247Sports…ranked the sixth-best player in the country by Scout and No. 8 in the ESPN300…starred at safety in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 where he led Team Highlight to a 46-6 victory…had 94 tackles and four interceptions in eight games for Haines City High School in 2014…added 11 receptions for 181 yards and two scores on offense…captured 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Football Second Team honors and All-Florida First Team accolades…2014 Florida All-State Class 7A First Team selection…selected Florida State over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Miami.
QB, 6-2, 186
Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
2014 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football and one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the nation enrolled at Florida State this January and is expected to participate in spring practice…rated a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN…captured a four-star rating from Rivals and was rated the nation’s No. 12 quarterback and the 35th-best player in Florida…grabbed a three-star ranking from 247Sports and was rated the nation’s No. 13 quarterback and No. 46 prospect in Florida…nabbed a three-star ranking from Scout…passed for 3,710 yards and 47 touchdowns to go along with 398 yards and nine scores on the ground to lead First Coast High School to a 12-1 record and the Class 8A regional finals…earned Class 8A Player of the Year honors in addition to Mr. Football…four-year starter in high school who finished with 11,697 career passing yards, 131 career touchdown passes, 23 career rushing touchdowns, 1,091 career rushing yards and a career record of 46-5…completed 686 of 1,105 pass attempts for a 62 percent completion percentage for his prep career…played in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 where he led Team Armour with 71 yards of total offense…8A All-State First Team selection in 2013 and 2014…committed to Florida State in 2012 and never wavered despite offers from Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.
RB, 6-1, 230
Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek
The five-star recruit and Rivals’ No. 3 running back enrolled at Florida State in January and is expected to participate in spring practice…tabbed a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 3 running back by ESPN…rated a four-star recruit and No. 4 running back in the nation and 10th best prospect in Florida by 247Sports…ranked the 14th-best player in Florida and No. 49 on the ESPN300…earned a four-star rating, the nation’s seventh-best running back distinction and No. 61 overall player by Scout…put up huge numbers during his high school career, totaling 2,576 yards on 276 carries and 32 touchdowns en route to Florida Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a senior at Timber Creek this past fall…totaled 7,922 rushing yards and 103 touchdowns in his prep career…8A All-State First Team selection in 2013 and 2014…2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Football Second Team and All-Florida Football First Team…American Family Insurance Florida Offensive Player of the Year in 2014…played in Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2, rushing for 13 yards on four carries…Picked FSU over offers from Ohio State, Texas A&M and Alabama among others.
WR, 6-1, 206
Miami, Fla./Miami Central
Enrolled at Florida State this January and is expected to participate in spring practice…consensus four-star recruit…rated as the No. 6 wide receiver and No. 11 athlete from the state of Florida by ESPN and ranked as the nation’s 44th-best overall player in the ESPN300…rated as the No. 10 wide receiver and No. 89 player in the country, as well as the No. 19 player from the state of Florida by Rivals…rated by 247Sports as the No. 16 WR and No. 21 athlete in Florida…rated as the No. 25 WR and No. 189 player in the nation by Scout…had 872 yards receiving and eight TDs as a junior in 2013…caught 48 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior…recorded 148 receptions for 2,406 yards and 29 receiving touchdowns in his high school career...had three catches for 47 yards in the 6A state championship game as the Rockets won their third consecutive state title…led Miami Central to a 37-27 win over Bothell (Washington) in the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series at Florida Atlantic University on Dec. 27 by totaling 11 catches for 120 yards and two second-half touchdowns…invited to "The Opening", an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus…played in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 and had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown for Team Highlight…selected Florida State over offers from Florida, Miami, Clemson and Alabama.
DE, 6-5, 240
Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith
The consensus five-star defensive end, ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position by 247Sports and Scout, enrolled at Florida State in January…tabbed the country’s fifth-best overall player by Scout, sixth-best by 247Sports, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 34 by Rivals…unanimous No. 1 prospect in Virginia…rated the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPN…only played in two games a senior before a season-ending injury…had 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks as a junior at Oscar Smith in 2013…was named to the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, but did not play…has reportedly run the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds…picked Florida over Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oregon and Ohio State.