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3 more blue-chippers say FSU is their choice

TALLAHASSEE - Three more Parade magazine All-Americans announced their intentions Monday to sign with Florida State, and moved the Seminole coaching staff even closer to its best recruiting effort yet. The three are Corey Sawyer (defensive back, Key West), Ken

Alexander (linebacker, Austin, Texas) and Omar Ellison (running back, Griffin, Ga.). They join Chris Weinke of St. Paul, Minn., Parade's All-American quarterback who earlier committed to FSU.

Florida State remains in the running for three more Parade

All-Americans: Fred Jones (linebacker, Miami), Andre Hastings (wide receiver, Atlanta) and Clifton Abraham (Dallas).

As of Monday, FSU had public commitments from 20 prospects. Twelve are from in-state, and six of those will represent Florida in the Florida-Georgia all-star game this summer.

Of FSU's 20 commitments, six are partial qualifiers - they have the core credits but are lacking the required ACT/SAT test score. Ellison and Sawyer are two who have not fully qualified.

Football shuffle: Head coach Bobby Bowden is expected to announce his plans to replace offensive coordinator Wayne McDuffie, who accepted a job with the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago.

"I'm not going to move anyone anyone from my defensive staff," Bowden said. "The coordinator will come from a member of the offensive staff or it could come from outside."

One scenario may find tight end and recruiting coordinator Brad

Scott taking over the dual roles of offensive coordinator and line coach. Receiver coach John Eason is another possibility for the offensive coordinator's job, as is running back coach Billy Sexton.

Bowden also must replace graduate assistant Darryl Dickey, who served as FSU's quarterback coach.

Baseball busy-ness: Florida State will play its third 1989 College World Series participant in as many games when it is host to Arizona for a three-game series beginning Friday. The Seminoles (4-1) lost to Wichita State 8-7 Sunday evening in the final of the Hall of Fame tournament at Boardwalk and Baseball.

Notes: Officials from HOST Co. are completing an agreement with FSU officials for the television/radio rights for all FSU football and basketball games, as well as coaches' shows. The Sunshine Network currently shows on tape delay all FSU football games not picked up by national networks. Under the new $1.4-million contract, HOST will serve as the broker for selling games and coaches shows. The $1-million renovation of FSU's Moore Athletic Center is expected to begin in April. The project will include more academic and office space, as well as a new strength facility.