JUCO Pair Solidify Depth Chart

There has been a lot of talk about a big splash on the recruiting trail with the new hires at UF and Miami, but that has yet to come to fruition. Meanwhile, the Seminole train continues to roll full steam ahead as the Noles landed two JUCO prospects on Wednesday. NoleDigest breaks down what these two mean to FSU.

It will be strange not seeing Rodney Hudson on the field in 2011, the long-time Seminole starter---and All-time great---will be lost to graduation. Jacob Fahrenkrug should ease some of that concern.

The 6'4, 315 pound Fahrenkrug has terrific size and strength while playing with nimble feet. He has been successful because of his prodigious size, but will need to clean up his technique at the D-1 level. As an early enrollee he will have time to do just that in the Spring with the best in the business, Coach Rick Trickett.

Fahrenkrug figures to battle with David Spurlock, Bryan Stork, Henry Orelus, Blake Snider, and Rhonne Sanderson for the starting guard spots. Stork might be the leading candidate for the open Center position.

Bottom line there are plenty of bodies at the position with the Fahrenkrug signing and it should be an intriguing battle in the Spring.

That is six Offensive Line commits for FSU and we expect that number to perhaps grow to seven in the coming weeks. Josue Matias is the leading candidate for that spot.

Carradine solidifies the depth chart at DE
Scott Eklund, Scout.com

Cornellius Carradine, often referred to as "Tank", was a highly coveted DE prospect in the 2009 recruiting cycle. He was unable to make grades and ended up at Butler JUCO in Kansas.

He lost the JUCO National Championship game last week, but earned these accolades from Midwest Region Manager Greg Powers,

"Navarro walked away with the win, but there was not any dispute over who the top dog was and he was lining up on the Butler defense. "Tank" was an absolute man up front. He is able to continuously put pressure on the quarterback and he was making plays all over the field. His athleticism is just scary. He was quick enough and perceptive enough to chase plays down all the way across the field. There was no quit in him. He also did not seem to take kindly to the loss and wanted no part of talking to anyone about it, which says something about his attitude towards the game."

He is not expected to be an early enrollee, although that is not certain at this time. He enters a very good situation at FSU as the team lacks depth at the DE position.

Brandon Jenkins will almost certainly be one starter in 2011. Bjorn Werner is the leading candidate to start on the other side heading into the Spring. Dan Hicks is the only other player who received reps in 2010.

DE is a position that needs to be at least four deep in order to keep the players fresh and active. Carradine figures to be one of the four when all is said and done.

The biggest risk with Carradine is that he could be a one and done type---he has that type of potential.

Along with Aaron Lynch and Giorgio Newberry, Carradine gives FSU the top DE class in the country.

Bottom line, what happens when you are the best team in the state, land the top recruiting class, and get immediate help from a pair of big-time JUCOs? We don't know, but it is further evidence that the winds of change in the Sunshine State are blowing to the Northwest.

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