Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher appears to have two more scholarships to hand out Feb. 1 when National Signing Day arrives, as a pair of defenders will not be returning to the Seminoles in 2012.
The school announced in an official statement Friday that cornerback Avis Commack and linebacker Arrington Jenkins -- both have had legal problems recently and were suspended before the Dec. 29 bowl game against Notre Dame in Orlando -- are no longer part of the football program. Commack and Jenkins would have been a senior and a sophomore, respectively, next season.
Commack got arrested for stealing a fellow student's iPad. The 6-4, 203-pounder was credited with just nine tackles in 2011 as a reserve corner, although he was a standout member of the coverage units on special teams. Originally a wide receiver upon his arrival in Tallahassee, the Jacksonville native has already earned his degree and can therefore transfer to another FBS program and suit up immediately without having to sit out a year, and there are already grumblings that he might play for new Akron coach Terry Bowden, who had a track record of bringing in FSU castoffs during his recently-completed tenure at North Alabama.
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Jenkins was charged just a few short days later with stealing a motorcycle. However, unlike Commack, Jenkins still appeared to have a bright future in garnet and gold coming off a redshirt season and was fully expected to compete for a starting job as soon as 2013. The Miami product is reportedly on his way to junior college, and while that means he could theoretically be a 'Nole again one day, the odds aren't stacked in his favor, even if Fisher is now a bit thin depth-wise at linebacker.
In other news from Friday, All-American punter Shawn Powell will represent Florida State in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg. First-team All-ACC offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders and second-team linebacker Nigel Bradham have accepted invitations to participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 in Mobile.
Tight end Ja'Baris Little, safety Terrance Parks, tailback Jermaine Thomas and receiver Bert Reed are scheduled to play in the Battle of Florida game on Jan. 21 in Boca Raton, where they will be coached by FSU legend Bobby Bowden.
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.