Name: C.J. Mizell
Why he chose Florida State: Mizell committed to FSU because he built a great relationship with all of the coaches on staff from his recruiter, Dexter Carter to head coach in waiting Jimbo Fisher. In the end, the Seminoles were the most honest with him while he felt other programs were just telling him what he wanted to hear.
""Dexter Carter is my recruiter, Mizell said during his recruitment. "We get along well and he is a pretty good coach. He was straight up with me this whole time, telling me about the program and how things operate. It wasn't like some of these other schools were coaches tell you what you want to hear. I liked how he was honest and straight up with me.
"I talked to Coach Fisher and Coach Amato too," said Mizell. "They were pretty much saying the same things that Coach Carter was saying. They were consistent about it so I knew it must've been true. I feel like Coach Fisher will bring FSU back."
Mizell chose FSU over Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Strengths: Mizell has good size at 6'3" and 215 pounds. It is not just his build that makes him a great player, but the athletic ability and football prowess that he adds to it. Mizell has great speed for his position. While his time in the 40 yard dash is not the best (4.68 during junior year in high school), he has very good lateral movement and is ‘football fast'. He also has a knack for finding the ball carrier and bringing him down, an attribute that is necessary for all collegiate linebackers.
Weaknesses: While he had little trouble in high school, Mizell will struggle at first covering faster slot receivers when he is forced to play pass defense. Once he can adjust to the speed of the game at the D1 level, he will be fine.
The biggest concerns are how Mizell will fare off of the football flied. He has got into some trouble in the past and has a questionable attitude, but is working on that aspect of himself and is expected to receive plenty of help when he arrives at FSU. Assuming he makes it in, FSU will be building a support system with players from the 2009 class to help his transition into college.
Chance of redshirting: 0% As long as Mizell is good to go, he will find the field this season. He will help add depth and play a role similar to what Nigel Bradham played last season giving quality minutes while other catch their breath. Mizell will also be a headliner of the special teams units this season.
Senior season highlights: Mizell recorded 113 total tackles during his senior season with 87 solo efforts, 26 of his tackles were for a loss of yardage and 12.5 sacks. He was honored with 4A First Team All-State Honors, finalist for the first high school Butkus Award, Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120.
The final word on Mizell and his qualification should come soon and NoleDigest will be first to let you know if he is cleared to make it in. As of right now, a lot of people feel good about his chances but nothing in certain.
Meet the freshmen: C.J. Mizell
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