FSU's Scout 300 Defensive Prospects

Scout.com updated the Scout 300 on Wednesday, NoleDigest.com takes a look at the FSU targets.

Defensive Line

The nation's no. 2 overall prospect is Tim Jernigan from Lake City Columbia. Jernigan has camped at FSU each year of his high school career and while considered a UF lean, we are clearly in this one going forward.

Shreveport Evangel Christian's(Louisiana) Jermauria Rasco checks in at no. 30. He recently made a visit to Tallahassee, but has to be seen as a bit of a longshot at this time.

Thomasville Thomas County Central's (Georgia) Ray Drew is ranked no. 43. Drew has been all over the map recruiting wise and he is a little "old school" in the fact that he is playing the game. FSU sits in good shape here and we expect him to ink with either FSU or Georgia.

Island Coast's Lynch
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Yet another DE on the radar checks in at no. 74 in the country. Cape Coral Island Coast's Aaron Lynch has offers from everyone, but has narrowed the field to FSU, Notre Dame, Florida, and Clemson. FSU sits in great shape with ND being the biggest challenger.

Fort Pierce Central's Giorgio Newberry is ranked no. 144 as a DE. He is a versatile player that may end up on the OL down the road. FSU is considered to be his leader at this time.

Lake Butler Union County's Lonnie Gosha checks in at no. 222. He committed to FSU earlier in the year, but quickly de-committed and is now expected to take visits. One of those will surely be FSU and we sit in good shape for his signature.

FSUs second commit checks in at no. 232, Decatur Southwest Dekalb's (Georgia) Terrance Smith is listed as a DE, but he could play OLB at the next level. He is considered solid, but several Southeastern schools are going to make a run at him.


The nation's no. 6 overall prospect is Tampa Plant's James Wilder. We have Wilder listed as an Outside Linebacker, but he has stated his desire to play Running Back. He has visited FSU unofficially and we are expected to get an official visit in the Fall.

Checking in at no. 12 is St. Augustine Menendez's Tony Steward. FSU sits in great shape for Steward as we are his childhood favorite. Clemson has made a big move and Miami is expected to recruit him to the end.

Defensive Back

Orlando Dr. Phillip's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is rated no. 16 in the country, he is a commitment to Alabama, but FSU(along with UF and Miami) are expected to pursue the talented DB until signing day.

Our first commit checks in at no. 124, Davenport Ridge's Karlos Williams is the brother of FSU player, Vince, and is 100% solid.

Treasure Coast's Smith
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Groveland SouthLake's Nick Waisome is the top CB in Florida and he is ranked no. 131 in the country. Waisome recently cut his list to seven schools and FSU was listed. He appears to be a UF lean at this time, but the Noles are lurking.

Miami Southridge's Gerrod Holliman is ranked no. 172 and committed to Ole Miss last week. He was very impressive at FSUs camp and he will be a player that may get some Nole love down the road. It remains to be seen how solid that commitment is.

Commits Missing from the Scout 300

1. Keelin Smith: Smith is ranked as the no. 27 CB in the country and we feel he is the biggest slight on the list. 6'2 Cornerbacks don't come around often and Smith has consistenly proven that he can handle the position. We feel he will make the list at some point this season.

2. Derrick Mitchell: Mitchell is the no. 35 DT in the country. He could be ranked anywhere as few players possess his tools. He has taken too many plays off in the past, but a big senior year will vault him up the list.

3. Lamarcus Brutus: Smith's team mate is the no. 44 Safety in the country. We feel this is too low for a player that is a 6'0 CB. We were very impressed with how fluid he was in the Spring and word from camp was that he impressed. Like Smith, we expect him in the Scout300 by the end of the year.

4. Nile Lawrence-Stample: NLS is pure projection right now. He played LB as a junior, but has simply blown up physically. Because he has not played his projected position it is understandable why he did not make the list. Coming from a low profile program that is not expected to get a lot of publicity in the Fall it will be an uphill battle. He is, however, a very intriguing prospect who we feel has the potential to make a big impact down the road.

5. Cortez Davis: Probably the softest of our commits, Davis checks in as the no. 29 Safety in the country. At 6'3, his length and athleticism are impressive.

6. Tyler Hunter: Yet another Safety, Hunter is ranked no. 54 at that position. The latest Valdosta product for FSU, he could grow into a LB down the road or at least be a presence inside the box.

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