Sophomore DE Shamiek Blackshear of Bluffton was offered on Thursday by Florida State according to his coach Ken Cribb. The Seminoles join USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and Florida as early offers for Blackshear who some are calling the best player in the state regardless of class.
Blackshear went to USC and Clemson for games last season and was at USC's junior day last month. He is expected to be at Clemson Saturday for a small gathering of prospects along with his junior teammate DL KJ Ford.
Cribb says USC remains the team to beat for Blackshear right now. "He was a Gamecock fan as a kid growing up," Cribb said. "But he's interested in looking at all his options and going thru the process, so you never know."
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming was by the school recently to meet with the players who have been invited to the upcoming Under Armour combine.
Ford is still waiting for his first major offer. Cribb said NC State is showing strong interest and wants him to come to a junior day. He has been to USC and North Carolina for junior days. And Appalachian State called about him earlier this week.