Offensive Line Class Taking Shape

Florida State has a loaded roster right now and despite some expected NFL defections, the 2014 team looks to be just as great. However recruiting is also about the future and one position where FSU needed a lot of help was along the offensive line. A couple verbal commitments in two days has set this up to be a stand-out class.

First, a list of potential offensive linemen returning.

*Denotes returning starter or starting exprience

*Cam Erving (Sr)

*Josue Matias (Sr)

*Tre Jackson (Sr)

*Bobby Hart (Sr)

*Austin Barron (Sr)

Sterling Lovelady (Sr)

Ruben Carter (Jr)

Ira Denson (RsFr)

Ryan Hoefeld (RsFr)

Wilson Bell (RsFr)

Erving appears to be the most likely to head to the NFL draft, but there is a good chance that the rest of the group will be in garnet and gold next year. That brings the OL number to "9" for Spring practice.

Landing IMPACT offensive tackle's was the no. 1 priority and FSU has done that through the JUCO ranks with Chad Mavety and being the heavy leader for Kareem Are. Should Are ultimately choose FSU, it is likely that one wins a starting job in 2014 and the other is a key reserve and potential swing tackle. No matter how good the JUCOs are.....they are always band-aid's on the problem.

The 'Noles received verbal commitments from Corey Martinez, Ethan Frith, and Alec Eberle relatively early in the process. Both Frith and Martinez could play RT or OG while Eberle seems slated to play inside at OG or OC.

Martinez is a high character, hard working big athlete that figures to fight his way onto the field. Frith has mammoth size, but will need to continue to improve his mobility and athleticism. Eberle has played major minutes on the defensive line and FSU loves his hard hat mentality and fight to the whistle personality.

At least four other current commits could factor into the offensive line equation down the road. Adam Torres (6'4, 260), Arthur Williams (6'5, 280), Rick Leonard (6'7, 260), and Blake McClain (6'3, 270) each have some traits could push them to the OL down the road. Williams might be similar to a kid like Erving when all is said and done (DT early, OT late in career). Torres has played on the OL and shined at various times. Leonard's length is intriguing and a lot will depend on how his body develops in the FSU weight training program. Just to be clear, these guys are all EXPECTED to play on the defensive line, but are reasonable options to talk about.

Do not expect FSU to be done at OL, here are a few uncommitted kids that are still on the radar:

Roderick Johnson: will take his official visit this weekend and it is clear that FSU is in great shape to land this stand-out.

Frank Ragnow: will also take his official this weekend. FSU is fighting his in-state school (Minnesota) as well as Arkansas (relationship established when staff at Wisconsin).

Damian Prince: Maryland appears to hold an edge, but FSU got him in town for an official and if he returns at any point, it will be game on.

Brock Ruble: Has taken official and FSU is right there with Maryland with NCSU for his services. Does he need the green light?

Derrick Kelly: Former Kentucky commit that has opened it back up. Local (East Gadsden) and expected to take an official down the road. LSU and UF will also be in the picture.


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