Spring Review: Offensive Line

There may be some spots on the roster that lack experience, but the offensive line is not one of them. Florida State could start five seniors in 2014 and several of the top back-ups are juniors making it one of the most experienced units in the country.

LT: Cameron Erving, RS Senior

Skinny: It was a bit of a surprise that Erving returned for his 5th season, but the NFL draft grade was not quite as high as it should have been. The converted DT has 20+ starts under his belt and should be among the top 3 LTs in the college game. He has been a major hit on the recruiting trail.

LG: Josue Matias, Senior

Skinny: Matias has started 20+ games at left guard and flies a little under the radar, he was a Coaches All-ACC second team performer last year and should make the first unit this year. Blessed with outstanding size and athleticism, Matias is equally adept at pass pro and run blocking. He could find a home at RT at the next level as well as guard.

OC: Austin Barron, Senior

Skinny: Barron is the least experienced of the linemen with only 5 career starts under his belt. He has performed at a high level when his number has been called and there should not be much drop-off from Bryan Stork. Barron started three games as a true freshmen.

RG: Tre Jackson, Senior

Skinny: The All-ACC first team selection is a bulldozer in the run game and rock solid against the pass. He has started 28 games in his career. An injury in high school hurt his recruitment, but all the big boys came calling late and FSU landed this gem. Very consistent, Jackson is poised for a senior season that could garner plenty of accolades.

RT: Bobby Hart, Senior

Skinny: Hart is still just 20 years old and he has 23 career starts under his belt. He developed into a solid RT last year and we should see significant improvement as a senior. All the tools and he may have the most pure upside of any offensive linemen on the roster. It is about consistency with Hart as he can match-up with anyone athletically.

DEPTH

Kareem Are, Junior

Skinny: JUCO early enrollee that had a terrific Spring. Almost every report that came out on him was positive. Should be valuable depth in 2014 and a starter in 2015.

Chad Mavety, Junior

Skinny: Amazing pull by FSU on the recruiting trail as Mavety could have selected a number of schools where the path to be a starter was much easier. Like Are, he will provide instant depth and is a very likely starter in 2015.

Ruben Carter, RS Junior

Skinny: Carter is a bit of a forgotten man in the class of 2011 as three of the guys he signed with have started a significant number of games (Hart, Jackson, Matias). He has improved every year in the program, is in the best shape of his career, and is pencilled in as starter in 2015.

Wilson Bell, RS Freshmen

Skinny: Bell was off to a fast start before an injury sidelined him for the season. He did get the red-shirt. Could line up at RT of OG down the road.

Ryan Hoefeld, RS Freshmen

Skinny: Hoefeld is being groomed for the starting center job in 2015. Tough, hard nosed, with a good head on his shoulders, reports are positive about his development and he is right on schedule. Should see the field in 2014 in some capacity.

Roderick Johnson, Freshmen

Skinny: Rare "big time" prospect that kept his recruitment under the radar, the big man was an early lean to FSU and followed through with a signature. Has elite potential down the road after he adds some strength to his game.

Derrick Kelly, Freshmen

Skinny: Die hard Nole from down the road in Havana. Kelly waited and waited and waited for the FSU offer and he jumped on it when it finally came. Big senior season. Potential starting tackle down the road.

Brock Ruble, Freshmen

Skinny: By all accounts, Ruble will need some development time, but you can't teach 6-foot-8 plus with solid athleticism. Don't just pigeon hole him at OT as there is a chance he slides inside for FSU down the road.

Alec Eberle, Freshmen

Skinny: Reminds many of Stork which is high praise. There has been a lot of talk about him lining up at Center, but is equally likely he plays guard. Played both ways in high school as was recruited as a DT to several schools.

Corey Martinez, Freshmen

Skinny: Martinez will likely be a guard in college, but has an outside chance of developing into a RT. Four year starter in high school with outstanding character and work ethic. Those types tend to start down the road and we feel that will be the case here. Capable of playing from day one in a pinch.

RECRUITING

Skinny: FSU has already secured two commitments on the OL in Cole Minshaw and David Robbins. A third commitment, Kendrick Norton, could also play on the offensive line.

FSU will lose five linemen to graduation so the numeber should be 4-5 this year despite bringing in at least seven last year. Offensive tackle's would be the priority moving forward with Abdul Bello and Martez Ivey being priorities.


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