Spring Evaluation Preview: Safety

With the May evaluation period getting under way in a little over a week NoleDigest continues its series of previewing the positions the Seminoles will be recruiting this cycle. In this installment we look at safety. While FSU has several recruits committed at this time they are still targeting quite a few players heading into high school spring practice.

By now fans of Florida State know the focus the coaching staff is putting on landing quality defensive backs in the 2011 class. While the coaches have landed a great group of players so far they are still looking to round out the class with a few more commitments.

Safety is a big focus for the coaches this year and they are still going hard after a small group of talented players. Here are the top uncommitted targets NoleDigest feels the coaches are targeting as the evaluation period looms.

Scout.com FSU committed safeties:

Karlos Williams: #6 safety

Cortez Davis (soft commitment): #26 safety

Tyler Hunter

Lamarcus Brutus

Top Remaining Targets:

1) Wayne Lyons: With the recent commitment of Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix to Alabama the highest "rated" recruit on the board right now is the Dillard standout. With nearly 40 offers claimed Lyons has turned into one of the more heavily recruited players in the nation. Last year was his first year as a safety after playing outside linebacker early in his high school career. Lyons is a more "in the box" safety at this stage as he is a sure tackler that shows a lot of aggression. Lyons has the potential to be an elite player in college once he learns more about becoming a cover guy. At this stage FSU is in the mix with a host of schools, including Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Michigan, USC, Ohio State and a whole bunch of others.

2) Calvin Pryor: Calvin is a player coaches are starting to notice, and he is a recruit that will see his recruitment really pick up once coaches get out during the evaluation period. Pryor is a two-way standout for Port St. Joe as he not only is a BCS caliber safety, but he also shows potential as a running back as he rushed for over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Most schools see Calvin as a safety, and that is where FSU sees him at this time. At 6'1" 205 pounds Pryor has excellent size, and he has showed in combines this spring that he has pretty good ball skills. FSU is arguably the favorite for Calvin and at this time it looks like Pryor is climbing up the coach's board.

3) Robenson Therezie: Robenson is a guy who could play corner and excel there, but when you watch him he looks like a safety on the next level. He is a little undersized at 5'10" but Therezie is extremely explosive and physical, as his 81 tackles last year shows. Robenson is light on his feet which allow him to excel in coverage. FSU is among the top 5 schools for the Miami-Jackson star, and some feel if the coaches turn up the heat they will be the favorites to land his commitment.

At this stage it looks as though these are the 3 remaining safety targets the Seminoles are looking at. Of course they will still recruit Clinton-Dix, and guys like Keith Baxter, Jaquail Ashley and Keon Brooks are recruits that will get some attention over the next few months.


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