Recruit Roundup: Linebackers

There is some uncertainty moving forward at all three of the linebacker positions. We do know that only one player is set to graduate, which means this is not a high priority for the 2012 class. Or is it? Let's take a look.

The Players

Nigel Bradham (senior)

Vincent Williams (junior)

Christian Jones (sophomore)

Telvin Smith (sophomore)

Jeff Luc (sophomore)

Arrington Jenkins (freshman)

Nigel Terrell (freshman)

Terrence Smith (freshman)

Holmes Onwukaife (freshman)

What is the ideal number of linebackers to have on the roster? I think nine is probably about right in today's game against spread offenses. FSU has nine on the number. Onwukaife is out, which effectively leaves eight. What we have seen is the three starters play a bunch with Smith first off the bench, then Luc.

Jones is developing on the strong side and figures to be manning that spot for a few years. Bradham's graduation will leave an opening on the weak side. Thus far, Williams has held of Smith and Luc in the middle.

The way it looks today, FSU will return four linebackers with experience in 2012.

The Future


Markuss Eligwe


Josh Harvey-Clemons

Keith Brown

Kwon Alexander

several others

Eligwe should be viewed as a very solid commit. He is a high-character young man and a player I expect to contribute sooner rather than later. Harvey-Clemons is the home run to add. His length and athleticism are off the charts. He does play receiver, and a few schools are recruiting him there as well. We do think the number is two here and could perhaps grow to three by signing day.

The relative youth of this group allows FSU to be selective and recruit normal-number classes of linebackers, which is two or three.

Brown is flirting, and FSU is a longshot for Alexander.

The "Future" Future

Based on recruiting projections, you would think we eventually see some type of Jones-Luc-Smith combination, perhaps as early as 2012. Williams might have something to say about that.

The player we think can perhaps join that group is Jenkins. His nose for the football is elite, and a year in the strength program should have him more than physically ready to play.

Several linebacker prospects for 2013 are showing interest, including Daniel McMillan, Mario Mathis, Quinton Powell and Jermaine Grace.

This is a difficult spot to project because the youngsters are so unproven right now.

Bottom Line

There is some uncertainty at this position moving forward. What we do know is that the numbers are pretty good and there is more than enough talent. The more reps the young guys get, the better off FSU will be in 2012 and beyond.

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