Name: Everette Brown
Nickname: E or E-Money
Why he chose FSU: Everette grew up a big fan of the Tar Heels. So being a North Carolina native, the fit would have been perfect for him to wear baby blue in college. John Lilly however had different plans. The former recruiting coordinator did a great job of telling Everette how special he could be at Florida State and Brown said the excitement of playing for Florida State's defense was the deciding factor.
Scouting Report: Everette just started to show how special he can truly be last season. He is by far, the best returning defensive end Florida State has, and is one of the top pass rushers in the ACC. The redshirt junior has the potential to boost his stock into a first day pick in the 2009 NFL draft if he continues to build on last season.
Name: Kevin McNeil
Why he chose FSU: McNeil said FSU "felt like home" when he visited campus as a high school senior. He was hosted by Everette Brown on the visit and had a great time. He chose FSU over schools like UF, Clemson and Georgia.
Scouting Report: McNeil caught a raw deal having to miss the entire 2007 season due to the academic scandal. He had a very solid spring and is in a heated battle with Markus White to lock down the starting job opposite Brown. He has been excellent in run defense but needs to get more pressure with his pass rush. Look for McNeil to have a very solid season.
Name: Neefy Moffett
Why he chose FSU: Moffett had offers from Georgia, USC and Oklahoma among other schools while in high school. Although he had always been a huge Miami fan growing up, for some reason they never offered the standout from Palm Bay high school. He decided on Florida State after a great visit and said he felt most comfortable with the players and coaches in Tallahassee.
Scouting Report: Neefy has had a solid career at Florida State and is looking to end it with a bang. During fall camp, he has gotten plenty of reps with the first team and has looked good. He doesn't stand out specifically in either pass rush or run defense, but won't miss many assignments. He is very dependable and given the opportunity, he will put a big hit on anyone.
Name: Markus White
Why he chose FSU: For Markus White who originally committed to Rutgers, he was excited when he had the opportunity to come back to the state of Florida to play football. White chose FSU because they are the ones who recruited him the hardest for the longest time. Miami is actually closer to his Lake Worth home, but by the time they tried to jump on him, he was already sold on the ‘Noles.
Scouting Report: White put up some ridiculous numbers last season at Butler CC. He recorded 24.5 sacks in one season while not earning a starting job until midway through his campaign on his way to being names JUCO defensive player of the year and leading his team to a national championship. White will need to adjust to the talent level but that shouldn't take long. His pass rush alone will give him major minutes and he is a favorite to lock down the starting job opposite of Brown.
Name: Jamar Jackson
Why he chose FSU: Jackson ended up choosing Florida State over schools like Louisville, Virginia Tech and Boston College. He felt most comfortable at FSU and didn't think the trip down south was too far for the Virginia native.
Scouting Report: Jackson sat out his entire freshman year after tearing his ACL last summer. He was originally going to play linebacker for the Seminoles but has made the move to defensive end. He is still very raw but has shown great potential so far in camp. He will have to fight to get on the field this year but don't be surprised when he becomes a household name for Florida State fans in the future.