Noles Talk About Todderick Verdell

With the early loss of Ernie Sims to the NFL, finding another strong side linebacker for depth was a definite need for the Seminoles. The Seminoles found just the right guy in the Junior College ranks.

This past December, Florida State signed 2nd team NJCAA All-American Todderick Verdell out of Butler community college. At Butler, he played free safety but the Seminoles have him penciled in behind Lawrence Timmons at outside-linebacker.

"We like him at linebacker but he could play safety," Coach Jody Allen said. "Todderick hits hard, he is very fluid and he has nice hips. He's everything you want from a Sam linebacker.

The 6-foot-3 and 215 pound standout is originally from Hartwell (GA) Hart County high school and he was the teammate of Seminole linebacker Jae Thaxton.

"Todderick missed all of his junior season with an injury but you could tell he was a heck of an athlete," Allen said. "He wasn't recruited heavily as a senior because of grades. We got him placed in Butler and he redshirted his first season. This past season was his first and only year playing at Butler and he flat-out dominated. We are happy to have him at Florida State."

As a redshirt freshman, he totaled 73 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two tackles for loss in 10 games.

Verdell, who is already in enrolled at Florida State, has three full years of eligibility remaining.

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