Recruit Roundup: Safety

While Florida State returned starters at both safety spots, sophomore Lamarcus Joyner has stepped up and taken one of the jobs. Following a few lean years, the future looks bright in Tallahassee at this position. Let's take a look.

The Players

Terrance Parks (senior)

Nick Moody (junior)

Lamarcus Joyner (sophomore)

Terrence Brooks (sophomore)

Justin Bright (sophomore)

Gerald Demps (sophomore)

Karlos Williams (freshman)

Lamarcus Brutus (freshman)

Tyler Hunter (freshman)

With nine safeties on the roster, Florida State is probably two to three players over what would be considered ideal. There is only one senior, so look for some movement here during the offseason.

Parks and Moody have each started their fair share of games. Both are bigger types, with Moody carrying the reputation as a hitter. Joyner stepped up and took one of the starting jobs and has been solid this season. His best qualities thus far are his ability to tackle in space and his range. Look for him to start the rest of his career.

Brooks has come on recently, and we would expect him to get more reps as the season plays out. He is starter material but figures to have to hold off Williams at some point in the future. There is no question that Williams brings elite athleticism and size to the table. He has made an impact on kickoff returns and seems close to breaking one.

Demps and Bright are redshirt sophomores that have been passed by younger players. That is never a good sign for eventual playing time. Word is that FSU is very comfortable with the other freshmen. Hunter is playing on special teams, while Brutus is redshirting. Hunter projects to be a bigger type at 210-plus pounds.

The Future

Committed

None

Targets

Marcus Maye (Committed to UF)

Nelson Agholor

For the reasons stated above, FSU is not targeting many safeties this cycle. Numbers-wise, the Seminoles have more than enough. It should also be noted that commit P.J. Williams is an easy projection to safety but we listed him at cornerback, where there is a bigger need.

Maye was a long-time lean but ended up committing to UF over the summer. He made a visit to Tallahassee last weekend, which at worst opened the door to potentially recruiting him down the road.

Agholor is projected as a wide receiver by most, but we feel he is a rangy safety that might be a perfect fit with Williams down the road. FSU is on the outside looking in for his services.

The "Future" Future

We would expect some combination of Joyner, Williams, Brooks and Moody to get the reps in 2012. Moody could move to linebacker if either Hunter or Brutus puts pressure on the incumbents.

This position has been upgraded in talent through recruiting, and we expect to really start to see the results next season. It has a chance to be the best positional group on the team.

Bottom Line

On the priority list for this season, recruiting the safety position was near the bottom. It was a good year to not need a safety in-state, as there are no sure-fire difference makers.

FSU is young and talented at this spot, and we look for increased production moving forward. The 'Noles will probably will need one or two in 2013, but 2014 would figure to be the next big recruiting year at this position.


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