The Opening: FSU Defensive Targets

Previewing Florida State's defensive targets that will be attending The Opening this week.

The Opening is officially here and is set to begin on Monday. The rosters have been finalized and here is an alphabetical list of the Seminole's defensive targets that will be in attendance.

CB Tony Brown – Beaumont, TX (Ozen)

Brown plays safety, but is a more natural fit to play cornerback. He is in the mold of an Eric Berry, who can just about do everything in the defensive backfield. He has the size and physique of an elite college player and has already developed a strong work ethic off the field. Additionally, he is a nationally rated track talent and a bonafide speedster posting 4.34 forty-yard dash time to go along with a 60-meter hurdle time of 7.76.

DE Lorenzo Carter – Norcross, GA (Norcross)

Carter is an elite athlete that happens to have the size to play rush end or outside linebacker on the next level. He can really move and he is great in pursuit. He covers a lot of ground with his long strides and he can contain his edge as well. He has great length, it helps him keep offensive linemen off his body, and he is only going to get better playing the run. He can play in space as well.

LB Kain Daub – Jacksonville, FL (Sandalwood)

Daub is a big, physical, and imposing linebacker. He is constantly on the attack and he is always looking to tackle through his opponent. He can play sideline to sideline with good speed and fluidity. He has great agility and runs to the ball very well. He can work on his angles and his play in pass coverage. He is best when on the attack against the run. He can hit with force and identify the ball quickly.

OLB Rashaan Evans – Auburn, AL

Evans plays with a lot of speed on the football field. He has spent much of his career playing with his hand down at rush end and he looks like he is shot out of a canon at times. He is very explosive and he also plays under control. He could be used as an outside linebacker in college as well, but no matter his position he will be rushing the passer. He is athletic enough to make the drops, but chasing the QB is his strength.

DT Thomas Holley – Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln)

Holley became playing football as a junior and is raw power. He has the power to overwhelm an offensive lineman and he has very good feet. He changes direction well for a big man and runs plays down. He can shed blocks because of his strength, but he needs to refine his technique and do a better job of using his hands. He only played eight games as a junior after making the move from basketball.

CB Adoree' Jackson – Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra)

Jackson is an exceptional athlete who is an Olympic hopeful in the long jump. He had the 4th best jump in the nation as a Soph. He's not simply explosive though; he's flexible and displays terrific balance. He's strong enough to press a receiver at the line of scrimmage and can turn and run with anyone. He shows of his balance with the ball in his hands as he breaks and spins out of tackles before out running defenders.

CB/S Trey Marshall – Lake City, FL (Columbia)

Marshall is a big-time safety that FSU has been in hot pursuit of for quite some time. Marshall has a great mix of size and speed as well as phenomenal ball-skills down the field. Marshall will likely commit on national television while out at The Opening and all signs point to Florida State picking up another big commit.

S Mattrell McGraw – River Ridge, LA (John Curtis)

Despite McGraw being a three-star, one look at his offer list and you know that he is a very coveted prospect. McGraw is not the most impressive looking safety at first glance, but he plays with smarts and has exceptional closing speed in addition to being a great tackler. I consider FSU a long shot here, but he has expressed interest in wanting to take a trip to Tallahassee.

ATH Montae Nicholson – Monroeville, PA (Gateway)

Nicholson is the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania and is another safety with a great frame. He is a very instinctive player that always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.

DE Kentavius Street – Greenville, NC (Rose)

He has a tremendous combination of size, speed, and power. He really fires off the ball and does a nice job of putting pressure on offensive lineman. Street has great hands and feet and plays with good leverage. The Rose star plays fast, but under control. He also has a non-stop motor and takes good angles when pursuing the football.

DE Chad Thomas – Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington)

Thomas is a four-star defensive end that has great size at 6'5/240 lbs. Miami is considered to be the favorite for his services but he has also expressed interest in both LSU and FSU. There is no timetable for a decision.

DE Andrew Williams – McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing)

At 6'4/240 lbs, Williams is another defensive end with great size. He has a great combination of physicality and quickness at the line of scrimmage, but needs to work on his overall speed. Tons of upside for him. Williams finished his junior season with 60 tackles, 18 sacks, and 10 tackles for a loss.

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