FSU's Class of 2012: The New Seminoles

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18 National Letters of Intent were received. Five five-stars, six four-stars and seven three-star recruits are officially members of the Florida State football team. A snapshot of each new signee is below, listed in reverse order of his NLI's arrival.


Dalvon Stuckey

Defuniak Springs (FL) Walton Senior High School

Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Height and Weight: 6-3, 300
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 34 DT

Scout's Analysis: "A big body with good flexibility, Stuckey shows inconsistent effort from his defensive line position. He plays too high off the snap and has a tendency to get leveraged by smaller offensive linemen. Shows flashes of athleticism but is too often content to watch a play going away from him. Has a good first step, but he struggles to get off blocks if he doesn't beat his man off the snap. A project with a strong foundation." -- Scott Kennedy, Scout.com Director of Scouting

Nole Digest Says: While he still must prove he can qualify academically and actually make it into school, Stuckey is another name to add to an embarrassment of riches at the defensive tackle spot.


Ronald Darby

Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac High School

Projected Position: Cornerback
Height and Weight: 5-11, 175
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 1 CB

Scout's Analysis: "There's a lot to like about Darby from a physical standpoint. He's a track guy, but he's not a track guy playing football. He's a football player that also happens to be fast enough to run track. He has a much better change of direction and hip turn than most track guys that are better in a straight line than in a change of direction. He's got good size and strength that allows him to jam bigger receivers at the line and overpower smaller ones." -- Scott Kennedy, Scout.com Director of Scouting

Nole Digest Says: With Mike Harris departed and both Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes likely exiting after the 2012 campaign, Darby is the shutdown cornerback that was so desperately needed in this class.


Markuss Eligwe

Stone Mountain (GA) High School

Projected Position: Outside Linebacker
Height and Weight: 6-0, 210
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 6 OLB

Scout's Analysis: "Eligwe is a linebacker that could excel on the outside. He is one of the better coverage linebackers in the South and he has great change of direction. He has the frame to add a good bit of weight, and that will continue to help his play against the run. He is a hitter, but can take bad angles and sometimes over-pursue the ball. He is smart, he reads his keys well and he will be an every-down linebacker on the next level." -- Chad Simmons, Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: A sideline-to-sideline speed merchant that greets the ball carrier with a nasty attitude, Eligwe is a welcome sight for a linebacking corps that does not have much depth these days.


Christo Kourtzidis

Orange (CA) Lutheran High School

Projected Position: Tight End
Height and Weight: 6-4, 240
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 11 TE

Scout's Analysis: "Well put together, Kourtzidis is an aggressive blocker and will lower his shoulder and run through contact. He shines in the physical part of the game and is more of an old-school, in-line blocker with good base blocking ability. Is a bit of a rigid route runner and needs to be more consistent in catching the ball, especially the easier throws. Not exceptionally fast but does do a good job catching the ball in traffic." -- Brandon Huffman, Scout.com West Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: While he may not be the pass-catching weapon Nick O'Leary was for the class of 2011 this past February, Kourtzidis is a hand-on-the-ground tight end and a more accomplished blocker.


Justin Shanks

Prattville (AL) High School

Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Height and Weight: 6-4, 320
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 10 DT

Scout's Analysis: "Shanks is an interior defensive lineman who can contribute early in college. He is physically ready, he plays for a great high school program and he is very driven on the field. Expect him to be a force in the middle at FSU. He'll not only be solid against the run, but he can help collapse the pocket up the middle versus the pass as well." -- Chad Simmons, Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Another premier prospect that the Seminoles simply stole from the football-crazy state of Alabama, Shanks has the speed-and-strength combination in the interior you just can't coach.


Eddie Goldman

Washington (DC) Edison-Friendship Public Charter School

Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Height and Weight: 6-4, 315
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 4 DT

Scout's Analysis: "Lightning-quick hands help him keep offensive linemen off balance with a quick punch. Excellent balance makes him tough to cut block. Strong enough to hold his ground against a double team. His initial burst is off the charts, but he needs to do a better job of following plays going away from him rather than watching. Has good flexibility and pad level. Potential is limitless with his size and athleticism." -- Scott Kennedy, Scout.com Director of Scouting

Nole Digest Says: Having the ability to come in and be as good as Timmy Jernigan was as a true freshman this past season, Goldman is one of the top recruits in the entire country and quite a pull.


Chris Casher

Mobile (AL) Davidson High School

Projected Position: Defensive End
Height and Weight: 6-4, 240
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 7 DE

Scout's Analysis: "The future Seminole passes the eyeball test and backs it up with his play, using his speed to fly around the edge. Casher is a natural pass-rushing defensive end, with room to add weight on his frame and speed that no offensive lineman can match. Casher looks to be a great get for FSU and could even be used as a 3-4 rush end." -- Jake Worthen, Scout.com West Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Despite sitting out his senior campaign when a transfer from Faith Academy to Davidson blew up in his face, Casher remains one of the most coveted pass rushers available in 2012.


Colin Blake

San Antonio (TX) Brandeis High School

Projected Position: Cornerback
Height and Weight: 6-3, 170
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 33 CB

Scout's Analysis: "Plays corner but might end up at safety because of his size. His physical attributes also make him more of a safety in college. Does not seem to like contact and won't come up and directly hit in run support. Does a good job of dropping in coverage and keeping his man in check. Solid sliding to help out in coverage if the ball is thrown elsewhere." -- Greg Powers, Scout.com Midlands Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: A late pull after it looked like he was headed to TCU, Blake can be added to the list of possible starters at both corner and safety come 2013 and is built like another Keelin Smith.


Mario Edwards

Denton (TX) Ryan High School

Projected Position: Defensive End
Height and Weight: 6-4, 291
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 1 DE

Scout's Analysis: "A dominating defensive end that will get pressure and make tackles and plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is well schooled and much quicker and stronger than most of the players that he goes up against in high school. He has a motor that does not stop, and that will help him make a quick adjustment to the college game. His best attribute is his ability to play well against the run. He has the strength to get off blocks and closes quickly." -- Scott Kennedy, Scout.com Director of Scouting

Nole Digest Says: One of the most hyped players on the recruiting trail regardless of position and the son of a former Seminole, Edwards exhibits the traits of a defensive end in a defensive tackle's body.


Marvin Bracy

Orlando (FL) Boone High School

Projected Position: Wide Receiver
Height and Weight: 5-9, 166
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 38 WR

Scout's Analysis: "Speed is the name of the game, and Bracy has as much of it as any player in this year's class. When he gets a seam, he can take it home in a hurry. You won't see him caught from behind. He didn't make a whole lot of people miss in the open field in high school but looked very good as a return man in the Under Armour game." -- Mike Bakas, Scout.com Florida Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Maybe a future Olympic sprinter with his world-class speed, Bracy made an amazing touchdown catch in the Under Armour game and can contribute as a return specialist from Day 1.


P.J. Williams

Ocala (FL) Vanguard High School

Projected Position: Safety
Height and Weight: 6-1, 180
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 10 S

Scout's Analysis: "Williams is an elite defensive back, and he could play safety or corner in college. He has very good closing speed. He has shown good instincts in the secondary, and ball skills are a real strength of his. He needs to play a little more physical and show a little more toughness when coming up to support the run. He is a very good athlete with a lot of skills at defensive back." -- Chad Simmons, Scout.com South Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Whether he's a safety with cornerback skills or a cornerback with safety skills, Williams brings depth and flexibility to a secondary that could lose three of four projected starters after 2012.


Reggie Northrup

Jacksonville (FL) First Coast High School

Projected Position: Outside Linebacker
Height and Weight: 6-2, 215
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 38 OLB

Scout's Analysis: "One of the state's most productive linebackers over the last few years, Northrup plays mostly on the outside and is very good. He has ideal size already, very good football instincts and is an explosive tackler most of the time. He also has flashed some big-play potential on defense." -- Mike Bakas, Florida Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Previously commmitted to Miami, Northrup started to waver prior to signing day and eventually picked FSU, although the 'Noles have had more failures than successes at First Coast.


Sean Maguire

West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Preparatory

Projected Position: Quarterback
Height and Weight: 6-3, 195
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 50 QB

Scout's Analysis: "Despite the fact that he spent the majority of his prep career handing off instead of throwing passes, Maguire earned himself an offer from Florida State by putting his skills on display at the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp. He's a bit lean and isn't tremendously mobile in the pocket, but he has a very good arm and carries himself exactly the way a QB should. Even if he never starts a game for the 'Noles, he wants to wear garnet and gold and should develop into a reliable Clint Trickett-like backup at the very least." -- John Crist, NoleDigest.com Editor-in-Chief

Nole Digest Says: Unquestionably the lesser of the two quarterbacks the 'Noles hope to sign, Maguire never wavered from his commitment and isn't afraid of the challenge Jameis Winston will surely present.


Roberto Aguayo

Groveland (FL) South Lake High School

Projected Position: Punter
Height and Weight: 6-0, 185
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: NR

Scout's Analysis: "Ball explodes off the foot. Extremely athletic and smooth. Won Underclassman Challenge on kickoff and showed well on field goals in 2010. D1 ready right now. Super focus, gamer, talented, handles pressure, can also punt, kicks well off the ground, special kid, has proven himself multiple times, can hit 80 to 85-yard kickoff." -- Kohl's Kicking

Nole Digest Says: With graduated senior Shawn Powell sure to be booming the ball in the NFL soon, Aguayo could take advantage of the situation and be Florida State's new punter as a freshman.


Menelik Watson

Mission Viejo (CA) Saddleback College

Projected Position: Offensive Tackle
Height and Weight: 6-7, 310
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 9 OT (JUCO)

Scout's Analysis: "Watson is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the class.  The first thing to note about him is that he is an older recruit, and not just because of JUCO.  Watson played basketball growing up and has that type of elite athleticism for a big player.  The scouting report is that he is very ra, but the progress he made throughout last season was amazing.  By the end of the year, he was playing at a very high level. That is good news for FSU, fans as they hope to improve the play of an offensive line that really struggled at times this past season.  The downside is that Watson may need some time to adapt to major D-1 football and, thus, will be more ready for 2013, not 2012.  He's a classic risk/reward prospect, but one with a first-round ceiling." -- Geoff Vogt, Scout.com Florida Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: A native of England that started off as a basketball player upon his arrival in the United States, Watson has late bloomer written all over him with the kind of athleticism he possesses at that size.


Mario Pender

Cape Coral (FL) Island Coast High School

Projected Position: Tailback
Height and Weight: 6-0, 210
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 6 RB

Scout's Analysis: "Pender is an elite back that can stay on the field all three downs when he gets to the next level. He has learned to run with patience, how to set up his blocks and allow holes to develop. Combining that patience with his explosiveness and acceleration is what makes him special. He has the size to run through tackles and the speed to beat defenders to the edge." -- Chad Simmons, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: One of the most dynamic ball carriers in the country, Pender has a chance to work his way into the tailback rotation immediately and is already enrolled for the spring semester.


Cason Beatty

Charlotte (NC) Olympic High School

Projected Position: Kicker
Height and Weight: 6-3, 215
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 4 K

Scout's Analysis: "Cason is perhaps the best punting prospect in the nation. A great athlete that shows outstanding potential. Already hits a big ball and shows the potential to continue to improve. Definite D1A scholarship pick." -- Chris Sailer, Chris Sailer Kicking

Nole Digest Says: Because rising senior Dustin Hopkins has a shot to leave FSU as the most decorated kicker in the history of the program, Beatty might have some very big shoes to fill come 2013.


Daniel Glauser

New Mexico Military Institute

Projected Position: Offensive Tackle
Height and Weight: 6-7, 325
Scout.com Rating:
National Ranking: No. 1 OT (JUCO)

Scout's Analysis: "The junior-college standout has lined up at left tackle for the past two seasons but certainly could help at guard as well. His athleticism jumps out on film, as does his physicality in the run game. Florida State needs to run the ball much better, and this seems to be Glauser's strong suit. Loves to put defenders into the ground. He is widely considered one of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country and sported offers from Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State." -- Geoff Vogt, Scout.com Florida Recruiting Analyst

Nole Digest Says: Originally from Switzerland, Glauser is currently taking classes, will participate in spring practice and has an opportunity to crack the starting lineup of an offensive line in rebuilding mode.


John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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