Commentary

Smith and Shaw's stock rising

Originally Published: April 27, 2009
By Jamey Givens | Special to ESPN.com

Two of the standouts from Sunday's FSU NFTC have seen their stock explode in recent weeks. Kenny Shaw (Orlando, Fla./ Dr. Phillips) and Telvin Smith (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) were both on the verge of committing to Florida State earlier this spring, but held off.

Now, they're both piling up offers.

"It's picking up a lot," Shaw said. "My offers went from two offers to like 18. Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, LSU, UCLA, Stanford, and I hope I don't leave any schools out. Florida, and Miami."

Smith was offered by LSU last week, and he said that South Carolina also recently sent him a written offer. He had previously had offers from the Seminoles and Georgia Tech.

"It's going real good, a lot of people are starting to recognize me," Smith said. "My name is starting to get out there a lot, and I'm just ready for next season."

Shaw visited FSU unofficially last month, and wanted to pull the trigger then.

"Honestly the reason was my parents," Shaw said. "They wanted me to wait it out, take my visits over the summer, and then make a decision after my senior year."

Smith was in Tallahassee for FSU's spring game, and considered joining several of his teammates as commitments. His former teammate cornerback Greg Reid signed with the Seminoles in the 2009 class, and his current teammate, Ed Christian, was FSU's second commitment in the 2010 class.

"I did almost [commit]," Smith said. "I'm just going to sit back and see what happens. Florida State is definitely my No. 1 right now."

While it looks like the Seminoles are in good shape for both players, they are bound to have more competition after solid showings.

Silberman solid to UF

Some of the scuttlebutt around the practice fields on Sunday was that Ian Silberman (Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island) was having second thoughts about his early commitment to Florida. That doesn't seem to be the case.

"I'm locked in on Florida," he said.

Jacksonville WR keying on three

While several 2010 wideouts from south and central Florida have grabbed headlines and racked up offers in recent months, South Carolina-verbal commitSean Tapley (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) has quietly collected offers from four BCS schools. Tapley said that Miami, South Carolina and Purdue are standing out.

Tapley said he also expects plenty of coaches to come take a closer look at him during the spring evaluation period, and that he is going to take his time in the recruiting process.

"I'm pretty much going to wait until signing day," said Tapley. "I'm really looking at depth charts and the way the program is at the school."

Illinois and Alabama St. have also offered Tapley, and the speedy wideout said that LSU, Tennessee, and Alabama are showing interest.

Alabama LB likes six

One of the few out-of-state prospects to participate in Sunday's Nike Camp was Troy (Ala.) Charles Henderson linebacker Jawara White. The 6-2, 215-pounder said that he has offers from Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

A lot of schools are coming to watch him play this spring, and the of them are recruiting him to play outside linebacker.

Trickett drawing SEC interest

Clint Trickett (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) is starting to gain some momentum on the recruiting trail. He is up to five offers after Western Michigan recently extended a scholarship, and the son of FSU offensive line coach is hoping more will come soon.

"South Carolina is going to stop by twice, so is Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Wake Forest," Trickett said. "There are a whole bunch of schools [coming to watch practice]."

Trickett, who has an offer from Arkansas, said he hopes to make a decision before his senior season starts, but the timing of his commitment will likely be determined by what schools pull the trigger with offers this spring.

"It all just depends on when I feel comfortable committing," he said.

Kansas leads for Central Florida LB

Linebacker Jeremiah George (Clearwater, Fla.) has collected four offers, but he's still hoping to hear from some of the bigger schools around the country. George said Kansas currently leads out of the group that has offered, but he is expecting more offers to come.

"I'm excited," George said. "Spring is coming up, a lot of coaches have gotten in contact with me via email to tell me that they are going to come see me. Hopefully, if they like what they see they will offer me. I have a long way to go before I make my final decision."

George said Central Florida and Florida State have been in contact with him. Tulane, Colorado State and Southern Methodist have offered him.

Waiting on the Bulldogs

Although two of Michael Copeland's teammates at Lowndes in Valdosta, Ga. could end up signing with Florida State, the talented linebacker has his sights set on another school. Copeland said he is in contact will several big schools in the South, but took a trip to Georgia for the Bulldogs' spring game and is hoping an offer will follow.

"Georgia, of course, that's my home state school," Copeland said. "Hopefully I'll talk to coach Mike Bobo after the spring and I can see where they are at ... Hopefully he will come down and watch me and he will like what he sees."

Copeland said at this point Florida International is the only school to extend an offer, but he is expecting several schools to come through and watch him during the spring evaluation period.

2011 notes

Super athlete Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community) said that Florida State, LSU, Florida, Virginia Tech and Georgia will all be major players for his services. Williams' older brother Vince is a rising sophomore linebacker for the Seminoles.

Defensive tackle Jerico Lee, who was honored as the MVP of the defensive linemen, said he is waiting to hear from schools, but if FSU offers, he will commit.

Jamey Givens is a writer for ESPN affiliate Noleinsider.com.