2006 Defensive Needs and Names

This is an early look at what some of Florida State's needs on the defensive side of the ball for the 2006 recruiting class. Check out a few names of prospects that will most likely get an early look by the Seminole coaching staff.

Defensive Tackle:

Needs: Florida State did a nice job of signing two very good defensive tackles in Callahan Bright and Kendrick Stewart. With the possibility of Bright not qualifying and Dickson leaving early for the NFL, Florida State could target two to three tackles.

Possible Targets:

Micah Johnson of Fort Campbell (KY) is a high school linebacker that projects as a defensive tackle in college. Some of the schools he is considering are Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, USC and Virginia. He's 6-foot-2 and 277 pounds with a 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds.

Corey Hobbs of Oviedo (Fla.) is considered the top offensive/defensive lineman in the state. Last summer, the 6-foot-5 and 320 pound standout dominated the Down & Dirty Camp.

Chaz Washington of Destrehan (LA) is considered one of the top defensive tackles in the Southeast. As a junior, the 6-foot-3 and 288 pound standout recorded 52 tackles and four sacks.

Defensive End:

Needs: Florida State signed two very good defensive end prospects for the class of 2005. However, with that position being a premium, the Seminoles will try and sign at least one to two players at that position.

Possible targets:

John Paul, a 6-foot-4 and 260 pound beast out of Immokalee (Fla.), dominated the state championship game against Madison County. As a junior, he was selected first-team 2A All-State.


Needs: Once again Florida State met it's needs at linebacker. Look for them to try and sign one to two players at that position in the 2006 class.

Possible Targets:

Marcus Sims, a two way-standout out of Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian, could play offense at the next level. The 6-foot-O and 220 pounder was selected first-team All-Big Bend at the utility position by rushing for close to a 1,000 yards and recording 95 tackles.

Marcus Ball of Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson is considered one of the top linebackers in the country. The 6-foot-0 and 205 pound linebacker is the younger brother of Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball. As a junior, he was selected to first-team all-state in 5A competition.

Defensive Backs:

Needs: The last two years Florida State did real well of filling the need in his area. However, the Seminoles didn't sign a strong-safety in the class of 2005 so this year that will be a big need.

Possible Targets:

Myron Rolle of Princeton (NJ) The Hun School is considered the top strong-safety in the nation. The 6-foot-2 and 205 pound standout already has 35 scholarship offers, including Florida State. As a senior, he recorded 103 tackles while rushing for over a 1,000 yards on offense.

Safety Jamar Hornsby of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood is Florida Kids.US No.1 rated junior in the state. The 6-foot-4 and 185 pound standout grew up a fan of Florida State.

D'Andre McDaniel of Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby is considered the top junior cornerback in the state. The 6-foot-1 and 180 pound standout is rated the No. 7 best junior in the state of Florida according to Florida Kids.us.

Ricky Gary of Pahokee (Fla.) is known for speed and he's one of many Division 1A prospects on his high school team. As a junior, the 5-foot-9 and 165 pound standout was selected to the 2B All-State team.

Riley Cooper of Clearwater Central Catholic is considered one of the top defensive backs in the state. The 6-foot-3 and 195 pound standout recorded 112 and five interceptions as a junior. On special teams he averages 40 yards a punt, 23.2 per kickoff return and 23.7 per punt return.

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