Recruit Report: Area players are attracting FSU attention

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The Florida State football team usually doesn't recruit much in Western Pennsylvania. In fact, one might have trouble naming a WPIAL player who has ever signed with Florida State before this year.

But the Seminoles already have a commitment from one WPIAL player and two of the top players in the WPIAL class of 2014 have Florida State on their final list.

Washington's Shai McKenzie made an official visit to Florida State last weekend and attended the Seminoles' big game against Miami. McKenzie's other three finalists are Pitt, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. He is scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech next weekend.

Florida State also is a finalist for Gateway defensive back Montae Nicholson and Nicholson already has made an official visit to Tallahassee, Fla. He also has been to Michigan State and Oregon, and has been to Pitt a number of times.

The WPIAL player already committed to Florida State is Central Catholic quarterback-punter J.J. Cosentino. He committed to the Seminoles in the summer.

Florida State has a tie to the WPIAL, though. Sal Sunseri, a Central Catholic graduate and former Pitt player, is defensive ends coach for the Seminoles.

As for McKenzie, a question is does Florida State have a serious chance with him? It's hard to say but he did say Sunday on his Twitter account @ShaiMck_5 "On the plane back to Pittsburgh with my FSU gear on."

McKenzie should be making a decision in the next month or so because he plans to graduate early and be at a college for the spring semester.

According to, Florida State currently has the No. 7 recruiting class in the country with 25 recruits.

Quoting 'em

Marcus Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver for University Prep in the City League, has 56 catches for 1,235 yards this season.

When asked if any colleges were showing interest in him, Johnson said, "No. I have the best stats of anyone in the WPIAL and City League, but I don't have anyone looking at me. I don't understand it."

More notes

* Satchel Pierce, a 7-foot center at Kiski School in Saltsburg, visited Miami two weeks ago and it looks like his finalists are Pitt, Miami and possibly Marquette.

* D.J. Porter, a basketball player at Obama in the City League, had a few Division I offers, but most likely will not sign during the NCAA's week-long signing period Nov. 13-20.

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