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February 05, 2013

Snaer Hits Third Game-Winner in 13 Days, FSU Beats GT 56-54


Michael Snaer doesn't need a three pointer to beat a team at the buzzer.

On Tuesday night, coming off a tough loss at home to Duke, Michael Snaer delivered another game-winning shot on the road in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. But this time it came in the form of a finger roll. With 18.8 seconds remaining the Seminoles in-bounded the ball with the game tied 54-54 and quickly got the ball into the hands of their senior leader. 

"The coach had faith in me to get the ball to me," said Snaer after the game. "My teammates did a good job of spacing the floor, trusted me to get off a good shot and I did."

Snaer ran the clock down, faked out his man and then drove the ball on the Tech defense, releasing his shot with only tenths of a second left. And for the third time in 13 days he bailed out a Florida State performance that was inconsistent at best.

After starting the game on 13-0 run, Florida State managed to squander the lead by the half and actually headed into the locker-room trailing the Yellow Jackets 27-26. 

It was a tale of the Florida State season in 20 minutes of basketball. The Seminoles showed their potential when they jumped out to an early lead before succumbing to all the usual vices that keep them from playing at a consistently high level. The shooting went cold, there were defensive mistakes and at times things looked downright sloppy. 

Florida State still managed to improve on a number of fronts, they had 20 rebounds in the first half and actually out-rebounded an ACC opponent for the first time in nine games. They shot 50 percent for the game. But they also turned the ball over 16 times and the rebounding fell off down the stretch in the second half.

The improvement is evident, the consistency is not.

Snaer lead the Seminole scoring with 15 and also added four rebounds and four assists. Boris Bojanovsky and Kiel Turpin also added 10 and had a very solid night under the hoop for Florida State.

The Seminoles improved to 5-4 in the ACC and 13-9 overall. For FSU to have any shot at reaching the post-season though, they need either another ACC tournament championship or a very impressive end to the year.

"I think [the young guys] are starting to get it," Snaer said. "I'm starting to get it, it's my first time being a leader in this position, but I think we have a bright future ahead."


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EJ Levenberry Gives 'Noles Fans a Scare, Sticks with FSU


This morning Florida State fans got good news when it was reported that 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey had de-committed from USC and would now be heading to Tallahassee in the Fall to become a Seminole.

But de-commitments are a double-edged sword and LB EJ Levenberry threatened to remind Seminoles fans of that with an impromptu announcement on the eve of National Signing Day.

Levenberry is a 4-star linebacker out of Virginia who was already committed to Florida State but made a late visit to Tennessee where it was rumored his father was pushing him to go. The 6-3 230-pound LB had already committed once back in April, complete with an announcement in his high school gymnasium with the band playing the Warchant behind him. So the new impromptu announcement gave plenty of Florida State fans reason to be concerned. Especially considering the late push from the Vols.

But ultimately Florida State won out. Part of that may be due to the fact that the guy who initially recruited Levenberry at UT was then-DC Sal Sunseri- who now coaches at FSU.

Either way Florida State added valuable depth to the linebacker position when Levenberry confirmed his commitment to the Seminoles.

Levenberry is a bit of a 'tweener with some scouting services rating him as an outside linebacker and others with him inside. More of a run-stuffer than anything, he will likely find himself in a reserve role early on while he develops at Florida State. 

Linebacker is one spot where the Seminoles are a bit thin though. Vince Williams and Nick Moody both graduated and aside from Telvin Smith and Christian Jones, safety Karlos Williams is arguably the next most experienced player at the position. Ukeme Eligwe, Reggie Northrup and Terrance Smith are all likely to make a push during Spring practice along with Freddie Stevenson who enrolled early.


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Report: FSU Flips 5-Star Corner from USC, Adds Jalen Ramsey


With just over 24 hours left in the recruiting period, coaches are feverishly working the phones, making final pitches to recruits and trying to lock down the last remaining prospects in their 2013 classes.

Last year Florida State pulled All-ACC Freshman and team defensive rookie of the year CB Ronald Darby in the 11th hour. Jimbo Fisher's national signing day press conference was literally delayed as the coaching staff awaited Darby's letter of intent to come through.

This year the Seminoles are hoping to close in much the same way, by adding several high profile players in the final hours of national signing day.

It's been a tumultuous couple of months for Jimbo Fisher, he's lost six assistant coaches- including James Coley to rival Miami. But no matter, already on Tuesday morning, a day before NSD, the 'Noles have reportedly flipped a major recruit from USC to FSU and will see their national recruiting ranking take a nice jump as a result of it.

Per SB Nation's Bud Elliott, 5-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey has de-committed from Southern Cal and will sign with FSU tomorrow thanks largely in part to the work of Fisher and new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Pruitt of course made waves when he flipped Demarcus Walker from Alabama to FSU just hours after the BCS National Championship game. The 4-star strongside defensive end is already enrolled at Florida State and will participate in spring practice.

As for Ramsey, he is a 6-0, 190-pound corner from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee. Originally recruited by Tee Martin at USC, he verbally committed back in July but has reportedly been persuaded to switch his commitment to FSU. Ramsey is a 4.5-40 guy who should compete immediately for playing time much as Darby did last season.

He's also the first major piece to fall in what Florida State hopes will be a big week for the program. FSU is still under consideration by several recruits that will announce tomorrow, including South Florida's own Matthew Thomas and Stacy Coley. Both of whom are also being heavily recruited by the University of Miami and former FSU-OC James Coley.

We'll know a lot more at the end of tomorrow, but for now the final recruiting push is off to a good start for Florida State.


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