NoleDigest Take: Eligwe Commits

Florida State did not have to wait long for commitment no. 9, it came on Tuesday morning when Stone Mountain LB Markuss Eligwe pledged to the Noles. He is the first LB in this class, but not the last.

Markuss Eligwe

School: Stone Mountain(Ga)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 215

Offers: FSU, UF, Auburn, Georgia, Penn State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska

About the Player's SE Manager Chad Simmons: "Eligwe is a linebacker that could excel on the outside. He is one of the better coverage linebackers in the South and he has great change of direction. He has the frame to add a good bit of weight and that will continue to help his play against the run. He is a hitter, but can take bad angles and sometimes over-pursue the ball. He is smart, he reads his keys well, and he will be an every down linebacker on the next level."

Eligwe carries the reputation of a hitter
Chad Simmons,

The thing that stands out to me about Eligwe is how much pop he brings when he tackles. This is a player who is not afraid of contact. He runs extremely well and is just a flexible, versatile athlete that figures to play OLB. He lit up a camp a little over a week ago in Athens where it was his impressive feet that had those in attendance raving about him. We like how he commits to the play and he seems to have good instincts for the football.

This commitment has to be seen as being strong for FSU. Eligwe stated on many occasions that he wanted to play his college ball inside the state of Florida and chose FSU over UF. He is not expected to make the visit to Gainesville and was blown away at FSU last weekend.

How he fits

When Tony Steward chose Clemson on signing day that left FSU in a position where they needed some LBs. The target number appears to be three and Eligwe is the first one in the fold. Interestingly the top three candidates all appear to be from Georgia. Dillon Lee and Eligwe have been talking regularly and things are looking good for Lee going forward. Lee appears to be heavily considering FSU, UF, and Alabama.

Josh Clemons-Harvey is the last of the Georgia Trifecta at LB(although he could play WR). Clemons-Harvey plays at Lowndes which has been FSU friendly recently and it is considered a FSU-UGA battle for him.

A host of other talented players are being evaluated and recruited, the three mentioned just seem like the strongest possibilities at this time.


One thing that has been clear in Jimbo's tenure thus far is that he likes big players. Eligwe is 6'1.5+ and should carry 235+ down the road. He fits the bill of the type of player FSU seems to like. Both Lee and Clemons-Harvey are 6'3+.

FSU only has one senior LB, Nigel Bradham, so this is clearly a move for the future. Eligwe should have at least one year to adjust to the college game before being in the mix to start. That is a perfect scenario for a LB, particularly with how well strength coach Vic Viloria works with these youngsters.

The FSU recruiting train took off with James Wilder, Rashad Greene, and Bobby Hart's commitments last summer and it has not stopped since. We expect more good news in the future.

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