Florida State enjoyed themselves another fine year on the recruiting trail this past 2012 cycle. The 'Noles hauled in what many consider to be the No. 2 overall class in the country. I'm sure the fine folks in Tallahassee will argue that it's No. 1, but that's up for debate on another day.
Today, I'm going to look at the FSU 2012 recruiting class and give you a couple names that I think will be stars. There's a difference between being a solid player and being a star, so these following incoming freshmen are ones to watch.
CB/ATH Ronald Darby
Darby is among the fastest and most athletic incoming freshmen in America. At 5'11", 175 pounds, he's got a chance to develop into an All-ACC CB.
WR Marvin Bracy
Anytime you're the clear-cut fastest player in the country, then you need to be watched. Bracy should dazzle with speed and RAC ability on his 5'9", 170-pound frame.
LB Markuss Eligwe
6'2", 215 pounds, Eligwe has three-down LB ability thanks to his easy movement, athleticism and coverage skills. I think he can play the "SAM" position at FSU.
I think Casher has been undervalued this past cycle and even when you look at the FSU class. This kid can play and play big.
He's 6'4", 240 pounds, very heady and instinctive, has a glory frame and great athleticism. He can put his hand down and play end or stand up and be a big OLB.
Look for him to become a key player and defensive standout at some point during his career.
Now, I've put Winston on a couple future Heisman contender lists, so you know if he's fourth on this list, then FSU has some serious talented incoming freshmen.
He's a 6'4", 190-pound QB that has athleticism, a strong arm, playmaking ability and even shows good pocket awareness and decision making skills.
He'll need to learn the college game and clean up his footwork a bit, but once he does and his accuracy improves as a result, big things will happen.
Goldman should be a great one in North Florida folks. Seriously. He's a 6'4", 305-pound DT with excellent snap quickness, rhino strength and is electric in a short area.
He'll join a Seminole interior front that already has budding star Tim Jernigan. Goldman can play either DT spot and be a dominant, playmaking tackle.
I even think he's going to be in the 315-325-pound range before he leaves Tallahassee.
If you think I have Pender too high on this list, then you're sleeping on him. He's going to be electric at FSU, just watch.
He's 6'0", already over 200 pounds and has excellent play speed. He's too big and too fast not to excel as an RB. Pender has been uber-productive in his career and has great agility, vision, feel and elusiveness.
At some point, I expect him to be the lead dog in the FSU rushing attack.
I don't expect Mario Edwards to be a star. I expect him to become a superstar.
When you're 6'4", 300 pounds and play DE with great athletic ability, agility, speed, quickness and change of direction skills like Edwards, you must become special.
You simply must. And I think he will.
Edwards is the son of Seminole, the headliner of the FSU class and even though there are many talented DLs in Tallahassee, he should get some snaps as a true freshman anyways.