Big Picture Recruiting: Offense

In recruiting terms we are about to hit the stretch run for the 2011 class. Florida State just hosted their biggest recruiting weekend of the year and NoleDigest takes a look at the offensive prospect board.


Commits: Jacob Coker- Mobile, AL

Targets: Jacoby Brissett- Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

Outlook: Florida State is certainly going to land a Quarterback, the question all year has been whether it will be two. Coker led his team to a 10-2 record and into the playoffs while throwing for over 1,400 yards and 14 Tds. The 6'5 Mobile product was saddled in a run first offense that did not highlight his passing talents. He was seen up close at summer camp and offered before a number of quality signal callers.

Brissett has Dwyer in position to win a second state title this year. If not for the old "home cooking" in Ohio they would be unbeaten. He is in the midst of an outstanding season having thrown for over 2,000 yards with 28 Touchdowns against just one interception. Brissett will be the 3rd ranked QB in the state of Florida and is a top 20 type nationally. Physically he is ready to go.

Wilder is one of the top athletes in the country and son of NFL legend
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Commits: James Wilder- Tampa, Fl. Devonta Freeman- Miami, Fl. Eric Beverly- Jacksonville, Fl.

Targets: None

Outlook: The winds of change started with James Wilder and that "mojo" has continued to the present. FSU took him from UF and he is one of the nation's top prospects. He put Plant on his back as a junior(on both sides of the ball) and won a state title. He is right back in the quarterfinals this year. Bruising power back who will not go down on first contact. Likely to see time immediately at FSU.

Freeman shows that a) this staff knows what they like and b) they know how to evaluate. He committed in the summer after a junior year where he saw spot duty behind Brandon Gainer. He was known to be talented, but many schools wanted to see his senior year. Freeman has Central in the state quarterfinals after beating rival Northwestern 42-27. He has run for 1,404 yards(8.0 average) against the most demanding schedule in the country(toughest district in state, toughest county, highest level, three national games against out of state teams). His ranking is not reflecting what has happened this year. He is top 40 prospect in Florida.

Beverly was the first verbal, but suffered a knee injury and was not expected to play this year. He worked his way back to suit up down the stretch. Beverly had a tremendous junior season and is very thick. He has attended most, if not all, of the home games this year and is committed with First Coast team mate Derrick Mitchell.


Commits: Rashad Greene- Ft. Lauderdale, Fl


O'Leary is one of the nation's top TEs and a potential game changer for FSU
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Commits: None

Targets: Nick O'Leary- Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Brandon Fulse- Fort Meade, Fl

Outlook: O'Leary is perhaps the top TE in the country and is one of the prospects with the least amount of "risk". Pure baller. Tough, physical, elite hands, understands the game. Game changer. He has been a "lean" to FSU for awhile and is expected to choose the Noles at the Army All-American game. O'Leary has 47 cathces for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns as Brissett's favorite target.

Fulse has been on the radar for over a year and was at FSU again on Saturday. Auburn and Miami are two other programs that are in the running for the Polk County standout. Fulse wants to play TE, but he could also play DE. He is the type of big athlete than you can't have enough of. Fulse seems to be in no hurry to make a decision.


Commits: Jordan Prestwood- Planty City, Fl. Bobby Hart- Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Ruben Carter- Miami, Fl. Sterling Lovelady- Navarre, Fl. Trey Pettis- DeLand, Fl.

Targets: Jacob Fahrenkrug- JUCO. Matt  Williams- JUCO. Errin Joe- Lakeland, Fl.

Outlook: FSU has five commits on the OL and they are all seen as "solid" at this time. It is likely that they will go 6-7 deep here, thus expect at least one more commit. Prestwood, Hart, and Carter are headline types. Prestwood and Hart have serious upside because of their athleticism. Carter really came on as a senior.

Lovelady will play Center at FSU, it is likely that he will be compete from day one at that position. He is still alive in the playoffs and is a leader at Navarre. Pettis has the natural size, but physically will need some time in the weight room. He is expected to slide inside in college despite playing OT in high school.

Fahrenkrug and Williams both visited last weekend. Williams is an absolute monster. He looked like an NFL linemen. It is seen as an uphill battle. Fahrenkrug is highly coveted and projects inside to guard. FSU is clearly in the running and he is expected to announce in the next two weeks. FSU is on top for Joe, but he has taken his time with the process.

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