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Nova's Nile Lawrence commits to FSU

Before Sunday's Under Armour Combine in Miami, there weren't many people who had heard of Nova High's Nile Lawrence. The 6-1 1/2, 299-pound junior, however, drew plenty of eyeballs with his performance during drills. 

Nova's Nile LawrenceLess than 24 hours later, Lawrence is already off the recruiting availability board. Monday night, Lawrence said he called coaches at Florida State -- one of only two schools to offer him until today -- and informed him he was ready to become the Seminoles' latest 2011 commitment.

"FSU is the school I've wanted to go to since I don't know when," said Lawrence, who impressed scouts when he a laser timed 4.9 40-yard dash and bench pressed 185 pounds 32 times on Sunday. "I visited the school last week on Junior Day, walked around, saw the facilities and just decided it was time."

Lawrence, who grew up playing soccer before first getting on a football field as a freshman, played nose guard last season and middle linebacker while weighing nearly 35 pounds lighter. He said Florida State is recruiting him as a defensive tackle. Lawrence said he plans to enroll in the summer.

Florida State currently has seven players committed to its 2011 class. Earlier this month, the Seminoles signed one player from Broward County: All-American defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

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