By Compiled by BRIAN LANDMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 31, 2000
HOMETOWN: Lake City
HIGH SCHOOL: Columbia
COMMENT: Allen, the defensive captain, was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He tied for the team lead in tackles with 102, a career-best, and broke up 10 passes.
HIGH SCHOOL: Eustis
COMMENT: Amman, a first-team all-ACC selection, has started 22 straight games. He allowed just two sacks this season and is one of 15 seniors to earn a degree (in nutrition and fitness).
HOMETOWN: Marietta, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lassiter
COMMENT: Brannon, who had started 25 straight games before suffering a knee injury early in 1999, missed all of this season following radical ligament-replacement surgery. He has applied for a sixth year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Plantation
COMMENT: Carmichael, who overcame a knee injury in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl to return to the starting lineup last season, missed the 2000 season after re-injuring the knee in the preseason.
HOMETOWN: Lake Wales
HIGH SCHOOL: Lake Wales
COMMENT: Chaney, the team's second-leading rusher (346 yards, three touchdowns) who had demonstrated a penchant for the big play, tore his ACL and MCL against Wake Forest on Nov. 11 and faces 6-8 months of rehab.
HOMETOWN: Blakely, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL: Early County
COMMENT: Cody, a four-year starter, blossomed into one of the nation's top corners with 81 tackles, six interceptions and 12 passes broken up, all career highs. College Football News named him a first-team All-American.
HIGH SCHOOL: Boone
COMMENT: Cottrell, a finalist for the inaugural Ray Guy Award, averaged 41.3 yards. He also held on PATs and FGs for the first time and was instrumental in the development of FSU's young kickers.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bolles
COMMENT: Dorsey planned to redshirt, but with injuries to starters Tarlos Thomas and sophomore Brett Williams, he helped anchor the line and earn first-team all-ACC honors.
POS: Tight end
HOMETOWN: St. Petersburg
HIGH SCHOOL: Osceola/Southwest Mississippi JC
COMMENT: Franklin has been derailed by knee injuries the past two years. One to his left cost him all of last season, but he has come back from a torn right MCL.
HIGH SCHOOL: Killian
COMMENT: Gibson, a savvy, speedy, punishing hitter, is a three-year starter. Has has 72 tackles, broke up seven passes, picked off two and recovered three fumbles. A projected first-rounder.
HIGH SCHOOL: Carol City
COMMENT: Heaven, one of FSU's most powerful players (510-pound bench press) and versatile linemen, has been a valuable reserve, especially when Tarlos Thomas went down.
HOMETOWN: Boynton Beach
HIGH SCHOOL: Atlantic
COMMENT: Jeune, a former walk-on originally from Haiti, earned a scholarship and was named the special teams captain this year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Northwestern
COMMENT: Minnis, overshadowed by Peter Warrick for his first three years, enjoyed a breakout season (63 catches, 1,340 yards, 11 touchdowns) to earn All-America honors. But he was declared academically ineligible for the bowl.
HOMETOWN: Baton Rouge, La.
HIGH SCHOOL: Catholic
COMMENT: Minor didn't put up the gaudy stats expected from the former national prep player of the year yet became the first to lead FSU in rushing four years.
HOMETOWN: Panama City
HIGH SCHOOL: Bay
COMMENT: Moon has been a steady, heady presence -- he calls the blocking schemes -- on a line that helped the offense to set single-season school records for passing yards (4,608) and touchdowns (36).
HOMETOWN: Fort Walton Beach
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Walton Beach
COMMENT: With the exception of an interception against Georgia Tech, Outzen has been solid. He has completed 24 of 35 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dunbar
COMMENT: Returning a couple weeks ahead of schedule after off-season knee surgery, Polley looked as though he had never been hurt. He had 100 tackles, seven for a loss.
HOMETOWN: Aiken, S.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Aiken
COMMENT: Living up to the legacy of Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson and Andre Wadsworth, Reynolds had a team-high 12 sacks. He won the Lombardi Award and was a consensus All-American. He's a sure first-round draft pick.
HOMETOWN: New Orleans
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Augustine
COMMENT: Seymour, an electrifying talent who was contemplating leaving early for the NFL before he suffered a knee injury in the Sugar Bowl, never truly recovered. He played in just the Miami game and is out for the Orange.
HOMETOWN: Augusta, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakeside
COMMENT: Sprague, a starter as a junior, moved back into that role when Nick Franklin went out and had a huge season, at least for a tight end at FSU. He had 12 catches for 212 yards, more than doubling his stats from 1999.
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Senior
COMMENT: Thomas, overshadowed by Tay Cody and even safeties Derrick Gibson and junior Chris Hope, has been invaluable and steady. He broke up nine passes and had two picks. He averaged 13.4 yards on punt returns.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson County
COMMENT: Thomas, who started every game as a sophomore and junior, could return for the Orange Bowl after injuring his right knee on Oct. 14. Despite missing five games, he still was named the ACC's top blocker.
HOMETOWN: Tyler, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: John Tyler
COMMENT: Warren, heralded as one of the most talented ends to come to FSU, finally lived up to expectations with 19 tackles for a loss, including nine sacks and 12 quarterback hurries.
HOMETOWN: St. Paul, Minn.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cretin-Derham Hall
COMMENT: Weinke, Bobby Bowden's first three-year starter at quarterback, had a record-setting season (4,167 yards, 33 touchdowns). The first-team All-American won the Johnny Unitas and Davey O'Brien awards as well as the biggest prize, the Heisman Trophy.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nease
COMMENT: Wilkins, a former walk-on rewarded with a scholarship before his junior year, moved from tackle to end to add needed depth. He appeared in eight games with eight tackles.