2012 recruiting class superlatives

Now that Jimbo Fisher and Co. are done with the 2012 recruiting class, NoleDigest.com hands out this year's superlatives.

The Stud, Offense: TB Mario Pender

The five-star running back is a rare combination of size, speed and toughness. He has a two-year average of over 12 yards per carry from the high-school ranks and is a player that can help immediately.

Pender is enrolled early, which should start the weight gain as well as get him familiar with the intricacies of the offense.

Don't sleep on him as a potential kickoff returner, either. He has displayed the ability to make plays there as well.


Shanks is the type of big body coveted by Jimbo Fisher
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

The Stud, Defense: DE Mario Edwards

It took all of five minutes at the Under Armour practices for Edwards to stand out. It took a full 30 to realize he was the top prospect on the field -- an incredible mix of size, toughness and explosiveness.

He is the type that has the potential to play early and be a freshman All-American. He will be behind three future NFL draft picks, but we feel Edwards has a fighting chance to be the fourth defensive end in the rotation from Day 1. He'll almost certainly be a starter in 2013.

The Sleeper, Offense: OT Daniel Glauser

His commitment flew under the radar due to the fan base clamoring for high-school linemen, but the more we learn of this young man, the higher the ceiling is.

Part of the "United Nations" group at FSU, Glauser comes from a military background and has already impressed with his work ethic since he has been on campus.

Will he line up in the starting lineup in September? We think so.

The Sleeper, Defense: DT Justin Shanks

First, it is hard to find a sleeper from America's top defensive unit on signing day. Shanks fits the bill due to a down senior season, when he did not make the impact that many expected.

However, we have seen the tools this young man has at his disposal, and they are truly elite. This is a player that will suit up at well over 320 pounds down the road.

It will be tough for Shanks to crack the rotation as a freshman, but we expect this to be a starting-caliber player before long.

Don't Forget About, Offense: TE Christo Kourtzidis

When talking about under the radar, it has to begin with Kourtzidis. Florida State went across the country to California to land this stud.

Kourtzidis projects to be more of a blocking type, but he showed at summer camp that he can be a weapon in the passing game as well. He is a bigger tight end at 6-4 and 250 pounds and should be a perfect complement to Nick O'Leary.

Don't Forget About, Defense: DB P.J. Williams

The first verbal commitment of the 2012 class, Williams put on a show at cornerback before his junior season and did nothing but improve from there.

He possesses a strong upper body and the fluid hips to play corner. He adds a lot of value in that he could play any of the four defensive back spots down the road and has upside remaining.

Even with six DBs committed, Miami made a run at this prospect -- that shows how good he is considered. Look for him in the rotation within two years.


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