July 31, 2006

Rawlinson could be the last piece of the puzzle

They said it couldn't be done.

When Florida State brought in a huge class of 30 last February, many predicted there could be as many as four or five non-qualifiers. But then one by one the signees checked in with qualifying grades and test scores. Now, with the start of preseason practices just a week away, FSU could see every signee, except Brent Brewer who signed a pro baseball contract, in uniform.

The biggest question mark left is Prattville, Alabama's Tim Rawlinson. The three-star linebacker has been anxiously awaiting his grades to come in. A couple weeks ago, Prattville high school coach Bill Clark told Warchant.com that all was well, but the 'Noles told Rawlinson to hang tight before reporting.

"Coach (Mickey) Andrews said to wait until everyone reported," said Clark. "They were trying to make sure everything went to the Clearinghouse. Our counselors talked to FSU. Coach said to wait until everyone comes back this coming Sunday. I think they have a players meeting on the 7th at 4pm."

The ironic thing, according to Clark, is that there was an error in the system, and that his star defender was probably good to go a couple months ago.

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