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February 22, 2014

Noles land talented sophomore at junior day

Florida State's coaches made it clear they wanted to keep elite talent in Tallahassee. The Seminoles got off to an early start by landing 2016 Godby Standout Cedric Wood.

The sophomore defensive tackle committed to FSU on Saturday at the Seminoles' junior day.

I grew up an FSU fan my entire life," Wood said. "I just walked into Jimbo Fishers office and told him I was ready to be a Seminole."

The 'Noles signed linebacker Jacob Pugh and long snapper Stephen Gabbard from the Cougars in their 2014 class. Wood continues the pipeline to FSU.

"Jacob is like a big brother to me," he said. "Knowing he is here (at FSU) made my commitment even better."

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound rising star missed some of his sophomore season with an ankle injury. Despite that, he was a big part of Godby's defensive line last year. He managed to finish the season with 21 tackles, including 13 solo tackles and 9 tackles for loss. He also had two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Wood's commitment was hardly a surprise. His explosive athletic ability off the line of scrimmage immediately grabbed the attention of the FSU staff. He showed off his talent at last summer's Jimbo Fisher camp. Since then, the 'Noles made it clear they had high interest in the lineman.

"I love working with Coach Odell (Haggins)," Wood said. "He is a great guy. I know he can make me the best player possible."

Wood is the first commitment for Florida State's 2016 recruiting class.

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