Five impact newcomers

It is only a little over a week until Florida State begins August practice. NoleDigest takes a look at five impact newcomers.

Jacob Fahrenkrug

Why he will make an impact: As a JUCO player, Fahrenkrug is more physically able to handle the rigors of major college football. He was able to enroll early and participate in Spring practice which is always a good thing. Furthermore there were some injuries on the offensive line which gave him some extra work.

He was recruited to play guard, but now figures to be the starting center.

Reports from Spring were extremely encouraging and it would now be a mild upset if he was NOT in the starting line-up. A very physical player, Fahrenkrug has the potential to be a dominating interior linemen and many expect him to be an upgrade over four-year starter Ryan McMahon.

Tank Carradine

Why he will make an impact: Carradine should make an impact for a lot of the same reasons as Fahrenkrug. He was a very highly touted player coming out of high school, but was forced to go to JUCO.

Carradine is an explosive pass rusher at a position that might be the least deep on the team. He will almost certainly immediately enter the rotation, the question is if he beats out the Big German for a starting spot.

Carradine's size and tools make him a candidate to be a rare one and done player. It would not surprise to see him reach double digit sacks.

Devonta Freeman

Why he will make an impact: Freeman put his team on his back in the playoffs and earned Miami Central their first state title. With over 600 yards combined in the semi-finals and finals, he showed that he was among the elite at his position in the country.

He also arrived early for Spring practice and played in an offense that prepared him for the college game(plenty of pass pro).

The running back position returns the top three rushers, not an ideal situation for a newcomer, but Freeman has a more complete game than any of those players. He can be a three-down back and has shown the ability to be the workhorse. He may start slow, but we think he has the chance to be the guy down the stretch.

Nick O'Leary

Why he will make an early impact: O'Leary was considered one of the top tight end's in the country. Whether it was in pads or at camps, he simply dominated the competition. While he is a receiving TE, he is also plays the game with a mean disposition. He prides himself on being a dominant blocker.

Early returns this summer have seen him already become a highly respected player from the veterans. That is a very good sign. While he is not huge, he is a well put together, strong athlete.

Beau Reliford is a returning starter, but O'Leary should earn plenty of run this season.

Nick Waisome

Why he will make an impact: Waisome was the state's top corner last year and he arrived early in January. One thing that he needed to do was add weight and he has done just that tipping the scales at a little over 175.

He is a pure cover corner that needs very little work in coverage. The depth chart is daunting with the three big guns ahead of him(Reid, Rhodes, Harris), but we could see him play as that no. 4 corner like Lamarcus Joyner a year ago. That would be plenty of reps.

An injury to one of the three corners in front of him could see his role increase. Almost certainly he is a future starter.

Sleeper: Arrington Jenkins.

Jenkins did not get his due as a senior playing for an under the radar school in Dade. He was clearly one of the top talents in Dade and his football IQ is excellent. This kid can find the football. The depth chart is a little unsettled at the LB position, he could get his opportunity at some point in the season.

Two Big guns whose time will come: Tim Jernigan and Karlos Williams.

Jernigan will perhaps be the most TALENTED DT on the roster from day one. He has everything that you look for in a big-time interior defensive linemen. The depth chart is loaded however, it may take awhile for him to be thrust into the rotation. If he does crack the rotation......it speaks volumes about his potential.

Williams has a similar situation with two returning starters at Safety and the move of Joyner to that position. He is as talented of Safety as FSU has signed in a decade, but figures to need a little time to adjust to the college game. He is almost certain starter in 2012.


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