The Florida State assistant coaches don’t usually speak with the media, but Wednesday night the coaches introduced each recruit Florida State signed. Jimbo Fisher started the event off talking about how selfless the coaches are and how hard they work before letting the coaches talk about their position groups. Here is what each coach had to say about the new additions.
3-star QB De’Andre Johnson
He committed to us before I got here and never wavered. He lost just five football games in the highest level in Florida.
4-star QB Deondre Francois
Phenomenal ability to throw the football. I told coach Fisher "He can spin it."
4-star RB Jacques Patrick
A big need for us to get a bigger back and he's just that. To be that big he has a smaller back skill set. He’s elusive, but still physical.
5-star WR George Campbell
Great size and great speed. I call him a football player. He's a big play receiver. He's a legit 4.3 guy. He’s a playmaker.
4-star WR Da’Vante Phillips
He knows how to win. He's physical and tough. He's a competitor. He loves to play football.
4-star WR Auden Tate
Great size and athletic ability. That’s something we were missing this season since Kelvin left. He adjusts well to the ball and has great ball skills. Great football player.
3-star WR Nyquan Murray
He's a great athlete. He's a playmaker and he's a great football player.
3-star TE Jalen Wilkerson
This kid has the length and athleticism that I'm looking for and knows how to put his hand in the dirt.
4-star OT Abdul Bello
His whole high school wanted him to go to the other place, but we struck up a relationship and he came here.
4-star OC David Robbins
I really liked him at camp. He has big hands. Bigger than anyone we've signed in a while. Robbins has a head like a St. Bernard. It’s bigger than Odell's. That's a big head.
3-star OG Cole Minshew
This kid I've got in the back of my mind that he's going to help next year. He has some dog in him.
5-star DE Josh Sweat
He has tremendous upside and can get off the ball. He'll be ready for the fall and can make an immediate impact.
On the Pass Rush
We have to improve our pass rush. That's a point of emphasis going into next year.
4-star DT Darvin Taylor
He's big, strong, and can run. You see he's 328 and he can move. He can take the A gap and the B gap.
4-star LB Sh’Mar Kirby-Lane
He's a speed backer that we need. He's the coverage linebacker that we need. He has great size potential.
4-star LB Lorenzo Phillips
He has great speed and a great motor. He's a physical guy and he can cover too. He comes off the edge really well.
On the secondary class
I like their football intelligence and the size and length of these guys. These guys don't mind competing.
5-star S Derwin James
He has one thing on his mind. Getting on the field next year. He's a big, physical guy that can cover. He has nothing but Seminole blood in him.
5-star CB Tavarus McFadden
It's hard to find a guy that's 6'3 that can play corner and do all those things. Great ball skills. He's very heavy handed and always knows where the ball is. I think he’s the best corner in the country.
4-star S Calvin Brewton
This guy can play everything. He's very heavy handed and a very smart football player.
4-star CB Marcus Lewis
Very good athlete. Can play corner, safety, star, or WR. He's physical in the run game and has great ball skills.
3-star S AJ Westbrook
He's very physical and very smart. He's going to be able to help us.