2014 Florida State Class Grades: Offense

The NoleDigest staff assigns grades to the 2014 Florida State offensive recruiting class. Hint: It's a pretty good class.

NoleDigest's Geoff Vogt, Jason Staples, and Wayne McGahee provide their grades for the 2014 Florida State offensive recruiting class below.


Signee: J.J. Cosentino

WM: Cosentino has been a long time commit for the Seminoles and stayed true to his pledge throughout the year. Excellent size and a powerful arm are what sets Cosentino apart from the other quarterbacks in this class. Would have been an A+ with the addition of Treon Harris. Grade: A

JS: Cosentino came from a run-oriented offense in high school but has great hand talent, can already make every throw, and flashed good anticipation in high school. He's an excellent QB prospect, and Jimbo Fisher has certainly earned trust with his eye for quarterbacks. Grade: A

GV: Cosentino was Jimbo's choice at QB. Grade: A-

Overall ND Grade: A

Running Back

Signees: Dalvin Cook (EE), Jonathan Vickers

JS: FSU needed at least two solid backs in this class and landed one of the best in the country in Cook to pair with a solid big back in Vickers. A third back would have been a luxury, but FSU didn't need to take anyone for filler and didn't. Cook may be in line for immediate carries, as it will be difficult to keep him off the field, especially as an early enrollee who will have the extra time to learn the protections.

WM: Florida State got exactly what they needed in this class. In Cook the Seminoles got the most explosive running back in the country. No other back can boast the amount of big play ability that he has. Vickers could fill the Lonnie Pryor role as he is a very good blocker and also has great hands coming out of the backfield. Grade: A

GV: There is no way to rank Cook-Yeaby-Michel, they are all outstanding prospects. Cook has the most big play ability and speed of the three. He is an excellent fit in Jimbo's offense and should be a more physical and durable Chris Thompson. Perhaps much better.

He enrolled early which puts him squarely in the mix for carries. Both Mario Pender and Ryan Green are on notice. There is a 0% chance that Cook is not an impact performer in some capacity. He is as proven as anyone in the country and coming from the toughest district in the country AND a national schedule. He is as battle tested as anyone. Vickers is more than just a guy. Grade: A-

Overall ND Grade: A

Wide Receiver:

Signees: Ermon Lane, Travis Rudolph, Javon Harrison

JS: This is as good a receiver class as any in the country. Lane is a big, smooth target with an elite ceiling, though he will have to mature once he reaches FSU. Rudolph is something like a cross between Rashad Greene and Preston Parker and is a guy with a very high floor who could contribute early. Harrison is an underrated prospect with great length and explosiveness. I think he could be a very good receiver, but I think projects even better as an elite cornerback in the mold of Xavier Rhodes or P.J. Williams. Concerns about Lane's maturity early on and the possibility that Harrison eventually moves to cornerback keep this from being a solid A. Grade: A-

WM: There isn't a better wide receiver class in the country than the one the Seminoles just signed. Lane provides incredible athleticism and size. Rudolph is extremely consistent, runs great routes, and has great hands. Harrison is an extremely athletic player that could end up on either side of the football. Grade: Grade: A+

GV: Grade: A-

Overall ND Grade: A-

Tight End

Signees: Mavin Saunders, Ryan Izzo

WM: Florida State picked up two very large and athletic tight-ends in this class. Both Saunders and Izzo are 6-foot-6, 220-pounds plus. Florida State needed two tight ends this year and got the two highest players on their board at the position. Grade: A+

GV: Grade: B

JS: I don't think there's a better tight ends class in the country. Both are 6'6 with good frames, and they have complementary skill sets. Saunders has a basketball background and projects as a potentially outstanding receiver, especially in the red zone. Izzo is more of a blocker but is still an excellent athlete Exactly what FSU wanted here. Grade: A

Overall ND Grade: A-

Offensive Line

Signees: Roderick Johnson, Chad Mavety (JUCO), Kareem Are (JUCO/EE), Brock Ruble, Derrick Kelly, Corey Martinez, Alec Eberle

WM: This class couldn't have gone any better for Florida State. The offensive line signees average 6-foot-6, 315-pounds. They stocked up an incredible amount of talent at the offensive tackle position including Mavety who can come in and compete immediately. Kareem Are will come in and compete for one of the guard and center spots as well. The Seminoles will be in great position depth wise for the next few years. Grade: A+

GV: Grade: A-

JS: I don't think FSU would trade its offensive line class for anyone's but maybe Alabama's. It's one of the best line classes in school history. Both JUCOs project to be able to help right away. Roderick Johnson is arguably the most talented tackle prospect FSU has landed since Trickett arrived. Derrick Kelly was a late addition but is one of my favorite prospects in the class. Kelly is a terrific athlete, and I wouldn't be surprised if he wound up the best of the bunch. Ruble, Martinez, and Eberle are good developmental prospects with huge frames who will provide solid depth early on. Grade: A

Overall ND Grade: A

Overall Offensive Class

JS: This is as good an offensive class as any in the nation. The miss on Dupre kept it from being a grand slam at every level, but a solid quarterback, an elite running back, a trio of outstanding receivers, two excellent tight end prospects, and five high school offensive linemen along with a pair of JUCO linemen means this class met every need FSU had with top-shelf talent. There is very little filler here, and that's saying a lot for a class this deep.

Overall ND Offensive Class Grade: A

Nole Digest Top Stories