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FSU adds two junior college players

12/16/2009

Florida State has received signed national letters of intent from defensive tackle Anthony “Amp” McCloud and running back Debrale Smiley, who spent the past two years at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College.

McCloud and Smiley, who initially signed with Florida State in 2008 out of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central, played as freshmen at Itawamba in the fall of that year but sat out the 2009 season. They plan to enroll at FSU for the spring semester, participate in spring practice and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who will take over head coaching responsibilities in January, recruited both players.

“They had great freshmen years in junior college, just like they did in high school,” Fisher said in a prepared statement. “The great thing about (it) is by redshirting (in 2009) they have three years left and it’s a huge advantage for them.”

Fisher said both players address immediate needs for the Seminoles.

“Debrale brings a big, physical back to the table,” Fisher said of the 6-foot, 240-pound back. “He’s athletic, catches the ball very well and can block and run from the tailback spot. He could play fullback if he had to, but we like him as a one-back guy who can do some things. He has the speed to get outside and is very durable, just a good football player.”

The same holds true for the 6-foot-3, 295-pound McCloud.

“He’s physical and holds the point (of attack) very well,” Fisher said. “He can change direction very well and runs well for a big guy. We definitely have that size need inside and it’s a chance for an experienced guy to come in and make an impact right away.”