Recruiting Florida: Florida State

Florida State re-gained dominance in the Sunshine State with the nation's no. 1 class. Not only did they land quantity, they also picked up a ton of "high hanging fruit". Analyst Geoff Vogt breaks down FSU recruiting within the home state.

**SunStateFootball top 100 players profiled

2. James Wilder

School: Tampa (Plant)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 225

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Florida State

Two-way stand-out that wants to play RB at the next level. He possesses elite athletic gifts for his size and runs as hard as any back in the state. The only thing he lacks is an extra gear, but his style projects to be very successful at the next level. He could be an outstanding OLB/DE as well. Put Plant on his back for a 2009 state title and a run to the championship game in 2010. One of the best ever in talent rich Hillsborough County.

3. Nick O'Leary

School: Palm Beach Gardens(Dwyer)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 230

Position: Tight End

College: Committed to Florida State

Every so often a player comes along that is simply a "no brainer", this year that is O'Leary. Ultra competitive, he is tough as nails, and has been dominant in high school(at a position not often highlighted). He has good, not great size and he has good, not great speed. He makes up for both by having elite hands and separation skills. It should not take O'Leary long to make an impact at the next level.


Williams is one of the elite athletes in the country
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

5. Karlos Williams

School: Davenport (Ridge)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 200

Position: Safety

College: Committed to Florida State

The state's top pure Safety, Williams has been making plays in Polk County since he stepped foot on the field as a freshmen. He is a two-way standout as he is also effective as a WR/RB. Williams has a perfect build for the Safety spot, he has terrific range, and will come up and hit against the run. Was an offensive force when called upon, he will look to score from the defensive side of the football. He figures to be a player who makes an impact early at the collegiate level.

6. Tim Jernigan

School: Lake City (Columbia)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 280

Position: Defensive Tackle

College: Committed to Florida State

The state's top defensive linemen, Jernigan is a rare blend of size, explosion, and power. He has been on the radar since he bust out as a freshmen and has been very consistently dominating. He can play anywhere on the DL. One of the most coveted players in the country and he showed why in the Army All-American game.

10. Devonta Freeman

School: Miami (Central)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 190

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Florida State

Freeman has been a senior year riser because he did not start as a junior at national power Miami Central. He capped off his senior season with a state title and over 300 yards in EACH of the semi-final and state final games. He blends size, speed, and wiggle in a power back package. Freeman is a complete back that blocks well and can be used as a receiver out of the backfield. Does not have the wear and tear of some backs when they enter college, he is relatively fresh.


Benjamin has coveted size and should be a red-zone weapon
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

13. Kelvin Benjamin

School: Belle Glade (Glades Central)

Ht/Wt: 6'6, 215

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Florida State

It is all about upside with Benjamin. At 6'6, he posssess elite size and is an extremely fluid athlete. He does not have burner speed, but there is plenty there. He excels in jump ball situations, but also can make some plays after the catch displaying nimble feet. He figures to be an excellent red-zone weapon. Benjamin sometimes suffers from questionable motivation, that is the only thing that can de-rail what should be an exciting college career.

15. Nick Waisome

School: Groveland (South Lake)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 170

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Florida State

The state's top pure corner, Waisome excels in man to man coverage where he is also in his man's hip pocket. He is not the biggest nor fastest CB, but excels because of natural cover skills and instincts. He was one of the first players to receive offers from the Big 3 and was a long-time UF commit before switching it up to FSU. Cover corner.

17. Bobby Hart

School: Ft. Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 295

Position: Offensive Guard

College: Committed to Florida State

As much upside as anyone in this class, he will enter college as a 17 year old. Really had a good week of practice at the UnderArmour game. Could play either RT or OG at the next level and has the body/frame to fill out well over 300 pounds. Probably should redshirt due to age, but could certainly contribute as a freshmen.

18. Jordan Prestwood

School: Plant City (Plant City)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 270

Position: Offensive Tackle

College: Committed to Florida State

Prestwood is an elite OL prospect because of his athleticism and natural size. He has played TE and is one of the most impressive blockers in space. With an outstanding frame, it is just a matter of time until he develops physically enough to succeed on the collegiate level. He figures to be a Left Tackle, although could play anywhere on the line because of his versatility.


Greene is one of the top wide receivers in the state
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

19. Rashad Greene

School: Ft. Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 170

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Florida State

Greene does everything at a high level. He has good size, excellent hands, solid speed/quickness, and is a refined route runner. He is not elite in any one category, but when you put the package together it is an elite one. He is ready to contribute from day one because of the superior coaching and collegiate style offense at St. Thomas. Probably will be a no. 2 type at the next level, but potentially a great one.

22. Arrington Jenkins

School: Miami (Coral Park)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 210

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Florida State

One of the top prospects in Dade County, Jenkins is why senior year matters. Expoloded back on the scene with a brilliant campaign. Might get a first look as a MLB, but could excel at any LB spot or perhaps even DE down the road. Was one of the first prospects in this class identified as a big-timer, but flew under the radar because he missed junior year. Next level potential.

26. Giorgio Newberry

School: Ft. Pierce (Central)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 255

Position: Defensive End

College: Committed to Florida State

Newberry has an elite frame with good athleticism. He will most likely start his career at DE, but could end up at OT if he fills out. Right now, he looks like a big DE who should play north of 270 down the road. He is explosive and he had a terrific senior season. Played OT at the UA game where he put together a solid body of work. Upside.

30. Derrick Mitchell

School: Jacksonville (First Coast)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 295

Position: Defensive Tackle

College: Committed to Florida State

Really started to put it together senior year where he played with more consistency. Huge frame for a DT with surprising quickness and agility. Figures to play at 320 in the future. Flashes some real ability to get after the QB.


Smith getting coached up at UnderArmour practice
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

44. Keelin Smith

School: Port St. Lucie (Treasure Coast)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 180

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Florida State

Combo DB who will get a first look at CB where his height is a major positive. Has good coverage skills, but figures to do better in more zone based schemes. Smith will need to add weight if he is to play Safety. Had some success on the offensive side of the ball in high school. Early commit that was solid throughout the process.

50. Ruben Carter

School: Miami (Jackson)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 280

Position: Offensive Tackle

College: Committed to Florida State

Played DT as a junior, but transitioned to OL as a senior where he got better every game. Great feet for a big guy and he has continued to add weight this year. Could play RT or OG at the next level. Established himself as a senior as one of the top prospects in Dade County.

52. Lamarcus Brutus

School: Port St. Lucie (Treasure Coast)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 185

Position: Safety

College: Committed to Florida State

Brutus had a fabulous senior season with a number of big plays. He is more physical than his size would indicate. Originally thought to be a CB, it looks like he will start out at Safety which will utilize his toughness and range.

59. Nile Lawrence-Stample

School: Davie (Nova)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 295

Position: Defensive Tackle

College: Committed to Florida State

Former LB that added enough weight to play DT. Was extremely disruptive as a senior. His athleticism is unique given his size, that presents plenty of potental. He will need to be coached up on the finer points of the position thus he figures to need a year or two before he can contribute.

82. Eric Beverly

School: Jacksonville (First Coast)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 215

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Florida State

Early commitment to FSU, Beverly's missed his senior season as he recovered from a knee injury. He was fantastic as a junior and while on the short side, he has a powerful build and is a tough, inside runner. Beverly needs to work on his speed. He should ample opportunity to make a full recovery before he is needed in Tallahassee.

90. Sterling Lovelady

School: Navarre (Navarre)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 285

Position: Center

College: Committed to Florida State

High school OT who will move to Center at the collegiate level. Lovelady has dominated for two years in the panhandle because of his sound technique, plus strength, and toughness. He is an early enrollee and figures to have an outside chance of starting as a freshmen at FSU because of the departure of four-year starter Ryan McMahon.

94. Trey Pettis

School: DeLand (DeLand)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 290

Position: Offensive Guard

College: Committed to Florida State

Early commit to FSU, Pettis has played mainly OT in his high school career, but figures to slide inside to OG or perhaps C for the Noles. He has the natural size and is the son of a Head Coach, both qualities bode well for the future. Pettis will need some time in the weight room to re-shape his body and get stronger before contributing.

Analysis: FSU signed 20 players from in-state including five of the top 10 and 10 of the top 20. An incredible haul from Florida and a class that should pay dividends for years to come.

It is hard to find fault in this class as it is the no. 1 in the country, but two players would have put it over the top: Tony Steward and Aaron Lynch. Both were either publicly or privately committed at least once to FSU.

The best part of the class is that FSU pulled from every corner of the state showing that they are force not just in certain areas of the state, but the entire thing. Bottom line, home run class at FSU.

FSU also signed Terry Bell, but he is expected to be placed in JUCO. Austin Barron was also signed, but is expected to be a walk-on.


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