June 10, 2007

New jersey, new attitude for Xavier Lee

The track record for five-star recruits at Florida State hasn't been stellar lately.

Of the six five-star prospects to sign with FSU between 2004 and 2006, a case can me made that only Myron Rolle has lived up to expectations. Meanwhile, three others didn't last a year in the program - Callahan Bright, Fred Rouse and Brandon Warren - and this season will probably be the make or break year for the remaining two - Antone Smith and Xavier Lee

Smith has a starting job locked up and based on his performance in spring practice most expect him to live up this his lofty five-star status. But for Lee the book is still out.

Despite a 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame, a rocket arm, exceptional athleticism and an impressive high school resume, Lee's first three years in the program have been unimpressive. After taking a redshirt season in year one, the former Mr. Football in Florida has not taken control of the position like most expected he would. Instead, fellow junior Drew Weatherford has earned 90 percent of the starts under center.

Even under the old offensive coaching regime, Lee was given several chances to unseat Weatherford. In fact, he started three games last season including what looked to be a breakthrough effort at Maryland. But instead of taking his opportunity and running with it, Lee was back on the bench by season's end.

But a lot has changed for Lee and Florida State since the conclusion of the 2006 season.

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