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This is an Audio Slideshow assignment that I completed for a college course called New Media Technology. I interviewed the Administrator of the Community Re-Development Agency here in Pensacola and asked her a few questions about what the city government is doing to better the downtown community. The CRA offers many programs and incentives to try and entice new business as well as help improve existing businesses to make sure our downtown stays beautiful.
Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles finished in the top ten of the nation for recruiting in the 2013 season with 22 total commits to the football powerhouse. As an FSU fan I wasn’t overly thrilled with this year’s commits, but I do feel that the Seminoles grabbed some key players and stayed competitive with the rest of the nation on National Signing Day. Here a few of the big names:
Matthew Thomas – #1 OLB 6’3″ 205 – Florida State already has one of the best defenses in the country, so the adding of Thomas at linebacker only further solidifies the Seminoles status as a premier defense.
Jalen Ramsey – #4 CB 6’0″ 190 – Florida State put a spear in the hearts of Lane Kiffin and the Trojans by stealing away #4 CB Jalen Ramsey from the West Coast. FSU had to reach all the way to Tennessee to grab Ramsey from Brentwood Academy and he looks to compete for a backup role behind Nick Waisome or Xavier Rhodes.
Ryan Green – #3 ATH 5’0″ 187 – With a 4.45 40-yard dash Green is one of the more electric players that FSU picked up this year in commits. According to scouts he has incredible top-end speed and and extra gear to break away if necessary. Could find himself as a 3rd down back or even safety for the Seminoles in the near future.
Like I said earlier. I’m not crazy excited for this particular class of players, but the key guys FSU did pick up will be able to make an immediate impact on the field. i have made this point before, but just because you are a 5-star recruit doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be a superstar player. There have been a lot of players that have had amazing collegiate and professional careers that were not even looked at coming out of high school. It is all about growing the talent that you have and coaching them the right way, and I hope that Jimbo Fisher and the rest of the coaching staff can make it happen. (although Jimbo still hasn’t hired an offensive coordinator yet)
It’s a LONG way until next college football season, but National Signing Day is the first step to opening kickoff!
So this past weekend I went to Senior Bowl with a couple of friends and the first thing we all noticed was how small the crowd was this year. There weren’t too many big name players on the field for this years Senior Bowl and you could tell. Landry Jones, Mike Glennon, and Ryan Nassib were some of the Quarterbacks and none of them were very impressive. The only QB that seemed to do well was Florida State QB E.J. Manuel. After Saturday he might just have found his way on a few teams draft boards.
If you happened to watch the game you should head to Jay Byfield’s Blog http://jbyfield.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/senior-bowl-2013/ where he has a poll up asking who you think raised their draft stock the highest.
Probably not a bad idea. He will always be considered one of the Greats to me so why tarnish the reputation with a couple of crappy seasons to end your career?