Florida State Seminoles: Michael Johnson

NoleNation recruiting predictions 

February, 5, 2013
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NoleNation gives its picks for national signing day. Who ends up where?

FSU weekend official visitors preview 

January, 25, 2013
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Florida State will host their final large group of official visitors this weekend as the stretch run continues to get closer and closer. Here is a breakdown of who is expected on campus.


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2013 Spring Preview: Cornerbacks

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From the impending quarterback competition to finding replacements for departing juniors, Jimbo Fisher will have his work cut out for him during the next few months as he lays the groundwork for 2013.

With that in mind, we're going to go position-by-position looking at Florida State's strengths and weaknesses as the Seminoles prepare for the start of spring practice.

First up: Cornerback

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Geoff Burke/Getty ImagesCornerback Ronald Darby stepped in and became a big contributor as a freshman.
2012 recap: Last season began with a seemingly huge setback when three-year starter Greg Reid was dismissed from the program just before the start of fall camp. As it turned out, however, FSU had plenty of in-house answers. Freshman Ronald Darby and sophomore Nick Waisome stepped in to more than adequately fill the void, and FSU's pass defense finished as one of the best units in the country.

Departures: It seemed a foregone conclusion long before the season ended, and as expected, junior Xavier Rhodes opted to pass on a fifth year in Tallahassee and will head to the NFL draft. It's a big loss, as Rhodes had blossomed into one of the best cover corners in the nation, and 2012 might have been his best season as a Seminole.

Arrivals: Redshirt freshman Colin Blake will get his first taste of action. FSU has two four-star commitments at the position in Marquez White (Dothan, Ala./Northview) and Michael Johnson (Miami/Booker T. Washington). White is the 17th-ranked corner in the nation, according to ESPN.

Biggest question mark: Replacing Rhodes is obviously the top priority, but with the impressive 2012 campaigns from both Darby and Waisome, the answers appear fairly obvious. What might be a more intriguing question is who steps in as the third man in the cornerback rotation -- a list that could include more work from nickel Tyler Hunter, early playing time for the youngsters or, perhaps most likely, an expanded role for rising sophomore Keelin Smith.

Breakout star: Darby seems the logical choice. He never quite overtook Waisome for the starting job in 2012, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Darby finished the season having appeared in all 14 games, making 22 tackles and recording eight pass breakups and one forced fumble en route to being named a freshman All-American. He's perhaps not quite as physical as Rhodes, but his speed is elite and he has the potential to quickly develop into one of the marquee defensive backs in the conference.

Projected 2013 starters: Darby and Waisome, with Hunter as the top nickel option.

Johnson to work on his teammates 

December, 14, 2012
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- From the moment the final gun sounded after the state semifinal two weeks ago, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington began considering the reward of revenge.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFlorida State commit Michael Johnson is hoping that high school teammates Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland join him as Seminoles.
Jacksonville The Bolles School had knocked it off in the championship game a season prior, and now the Tornadoes were awarded another try.

Washington took full advantage, winning 35-7 in convincing fashion.

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Commitment performance watch 

October, 22, 2012
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Florida State's commitments are having big campaigns as the high school season is nearly halfway complete. Here are some prospects who had exceptional weekends.

Michael Johnson: In a game where Booker T. Washington dropped 70 points on their opponent, the Tornado starters really didn't have more than a handful of series to play their part. Johnson, though, contributed three tackles and an interception to jumpstart the team to a win. The Tornadoes figure to be a favorite to reach the state championship in December.

Levonte Whitfield: Another week, and another mention for Levonte Whitfield in the performance watch. The speedy athlete hauled in a touchdown reception of over 50 yards, rushed for a touchdown of over 15 yards, and logged over 100 all-purpose yards. He continues to be the focal point of the Jones offensive attack and hasn't really been kept in check yet.

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Commitment performance watch 

October, 1, 2012
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Florida State's commitments are having big campaigns as the high school season is nearly halfway complete. Here are some prospects who had exceptional weekends.

Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield: The ESPN 150 athlete held true to his ranking on Friday night. Making a big impact as a receiver isn't anything new, and Whitfield reported that he caught at least seven passes for more than 100 yards for Jones High School. He also threw two touchdown passes.

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Damon Sayles/ESPN.comTE commit Christian Morgan made his fourth touchdown catch of the season on Friday night.
Isaiah Jones: The 6-foot-4, 195-pound wide receiver was a steady target for his Milton squad, hauling in five passes in the win. Jones also rushed for more than 30 yards and scored a touchdown.

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FSU commits earn widespread honors 

August, 29, 2012
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ESPN's NoleNation takes a look at some of Florida State's commitments who have garnered accolades from publications around the country.


RB Ryan Green


5-10/187 (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic)
• Named the No. 2 player in the Tampa Bay area by the Tampa Bay Times.

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Recruiting Capsule: Booker T. Washington 

August, 20, 2012
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Program: Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Head Coach: Tim Harris
2011 Record: 12-2 (Loss to Jacksonville Bolles in Class 4A state championship game)

ESPN 150 Prospect: Matthew Thomas (No. 1 OLB, No. 13 overall)

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FSU gets hooks into greater Miami 

August, 9, 2012
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Though the Seminoles did not sign a single player from the Greater Miami area in 2012, they have begun to make their home in one of the most talent-rich cities in the country.

The 2013 haul isn't complete yet, true, but it already is a marked increase from just a year ago.

The Seminoles have commitments from Adrian Baker, Michael Johnson, and Jesus Wilson -- all of whom look to be heading into the defensive backfield. But some of the biggest targets left on their board reside at Miami's Booker T. Washington in outside linebacker Matthew Thomas and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland.

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