Every week throughout the summer and into fall, the Tallahassee Democrat will profile local teams and athletes on things going on within a football program and the college football recruiting scene.
This is the first installment. Future weeks will be added in links below.
June 1, 2015 — Since the days of All-American defensive tackle Corey Simon in the late 1990s, Florida State has had an abundance of big bodies clogging the middle of the defensive line.
There have been first-round NFL draft picks Travis Johnson( 2005) and Brodrick Bunkley (’06), Pro Bowl third-rounder Darnell Dockett, and, most recently, first-round pick Timmy Jernigan, who has now moved to defensive end with the Baltimore Ravens.
Like Jernigan, who played at Lake City Columbia High, sometimes you don’t need to look far to find the next All-American.
Enter Godby High rising senior Cedric Wood, who at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds has spurned all other major-college suitors— Alabama, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina— in favor of staying home to play for the Seminoles.
“He’s a done deal for Florida State,” Cougars quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Labrador said. “He might be polite to some guys. Every school that comes by and asks about him we say the exact same thing, that he’s a Florida State guy through and through.”
GODBY’S CEDRIC WOOD, 2014 HIGHLIGHT REEL:
Wood, a four-star prospect rated as high as 12th nationally for his position, would be following the path current Florida State sophomore and former Godby defensive end Jacob Pugh took. Wood will even get work in the fall on the outside speed rush, as well as with inside technique.
“Ced has a great work ethic,” Labrador said. “He knows what it takes to play at a high level, because he’s seen guys play at a high level, whether that be Jacob Pugh, Kris Harris (FAU) or Tony Fields (Indiana). He’s seen that work ethic and absorbed that work ethic.”
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