Recruit Roundup: Cornerback

Florida State returned their top three corners from a year ago, and this was expected to be the strength of the team. They have been solid thus far, although the outlook for the 2012 season has certainly changed. Geoff Vogt takes a look at the present and the future at the cornerback position.

The Players

Mike Harris (senior)

Greg Reid (junior)

Xavier Rhodes (sophomore)

Avis Commack (junior)

Nick Waisome (freshman)

Keelin Smith (freshman)

Florida State is probably one or two corners light numbers-wise here, but they have several players that could move to corner in a pinch such as Terrence Brooks, Lamarcus Joyner and Lamarcus Brutus. In addition to that, the top three corners returned this year.

Reid, Rhodes and Harris complement each other well, as there is a nice mix of size, speed and coverage ability. Harris is ideal in the nickel role, and that is where he likely will play at the next level -- and he'll be a damn good one.

Reid and Rhodes were expected to test the NFL waters at the end of this year, but neither has played well enough thus far to make that a certainty. Rhodes' size is elite and exactly what the league is looking for, while Reid's ability to contribute on special teams will help his value.

FSU has been hesitant to go to any other corners this year. Joyner has slid over to CB and Brooks inserted at safety as a first move. Commack did get some run against Duke. Waisome enrolled early and is adding weight and strength this year. Smith seems likely to redshirt. His size is elite.

The Future


P.J. Williams


Tracy Howard

Travell Dixon

Williams will likely get a long look at corner when he arrives on the FSU campus. The first commitment of the 2012 class, he easily projects to safety. He has shown that he can match up with top receivers at various camps, and we think he projects to be a starter down the road.

Howard's recruitment has taken a turn toward Tallahassee from Gainesville, very much like James Wilder Jr. and Timmy Jernigan a year ago. He is unanimously considered one of the top two cornerbacks in the state and a national recruit. At this time, FSU is in good position to get his signature, and he is ready to play early.

Dixon is originally from Norland in Miami but will be coming out of the JUCO ranks. The Seminoles will land him if they want him.

The "Future" Future

There is plenty of uncertainty looking to the 2012 season. Everything will depend on whether Reid and/or Rhodes head to the league. If both return, FSU is loaded at the position -- at least for a year. If both leave, there will be at least three spots wide open for the taking.

Smith and Waisome are young players that could fill those shoes.

Landing Howard would ease a lot of concern, as he should be able to make an immediate impact. Dixon, with his JUCO experience, would also project to help immediately. Williams is a great player to have right now because of his versatility.

We think at least two corners are signed in 2012, including Williams, and it is possible that we see three.

FSU already has a commitment in the 2013 class from Plantation's Sojourn Shelton, so they are off to a fast start there. It is likely that they sign one more in that class.

Bottom Line

Overall, Florida State is in good shape at the cornerback position. There's a reasonable chance both starters are back in 2012, and in that case the 'Noles would be bursting with young talent for depth.

Long term, the needs are being filled.

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