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Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
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Florida State at a glance
By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published January 28, 2007
Key losses: Lorenzo Booker, RB; Darrell Burston, DE; Buster Davis, LB; Chris Davis, WR; Mario Henderson, OT; Cory Niblock, OG/OT; Lawrence Timmons, LB.
Oral commitments/transfers: Dionte Allen, DB (6-0, 175), Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's; Bernard Brinson, DB (5-10, 169), Madison County; Brian Coulter, DE (6-4, 255), Pearl River (Miss.) C.C.; Dan Foster, LB (6-1, 226), Eastern Arizona College; Will Furlong, OL (6-5, 275), DeLand; Aaron Gresham, LB (6-2, 222), Mayo Lafayette; Anthony Grosso, OL (6-6, 290), Matawan (N.J.); Zach Hiller, OL (6-4, 315), Hargrave Military (Va.); Jamar Jackson, DE (6-4, 225), Varina, Va.; Kendall Smith, LB (6-1, 207), South Sumter; Cameron Wade, WR (6-4, 180), Cairo, Ga.
Hot prospects: FSU needs game breakers and, despite a limited number of scholarships, has a shot at them. Marvin Austin (Washington, D.C.) is hailed as the nation's top interior defensive lineman and would be a huge get. It needs receivers who can stretch the field vertically. On the board is Ahmad Paige (Sterlington, La.), who had orally committed to FSU but backed off during the season. He is still a possibility. So, too, is Belle Glade's Deonte Thompson and Markish Jones (Spartanburg, S.C.).
Looking back: Analysts hailed last year's class, and the group lived up to the hype. Injuries forced FSU to play 17 freshmen. Key contributors included: S Myron Rolle, TEs Brandon Warren and Caz Piurowski, LBs Marcus Ball and Dekoda Watson, DE Kevin McNeil, DT Budd Thacker and DB Patrick Robinson.