Florida State Football: Profiling the Noles' 2013 Cornerback Commits
A great pass-rush isn't just reliant on talent at the linebacker position, but also the ability of the secondary to take as many options away from a quarterback as possible. For that reason, talent at the cornerback position is a must.
Jimbo Fisher's 2012 signings included two corners with Ronald Darby, who was on the ESPN150 list, and Colin Blake, a 3-star signee out of San Antonio. The Seminoles also picked up a ton of other defensive standouts to build future depth with an already nasty defense.
The 2013 class so far has two players for the Noles' secondary and certainly seems capable of becoming the next set of shutdown corners.
Miami's Michael Johnson decided to commit to be a Seminole shortly after this year's signing day, with Florida State as his only official offer to this point from a major program.
At 5'10" and 165 pounds, Johnson has a little more size than his recruiting classmate Sojourn Shelton, but he is a step or so slower, clocking in at 4.72 in the 40.
His Scout.com profile currently has him as a 3-star talent, but Johnson's stock could rise significantly as his senior season at Booker T. Washington High School plays out.
With good instincts and a whole lot of work over the next year or so, Johnson will be looking to make his way up the future depth charts in Tallahassee in a defense that will certainly be dependent on solid secondary play in the years ahead.
For Fort Lauderdale junior Sojourn Shelton, there was no question where he wanted to play his college ball. Not wasting any time, this lifelong Seminoles fan committed way back in June of 2011 after attending a skills camp at Florida State.
At 5'9" and 152 pounds, what he lacks in size, Shelton more than makes up for with raw talent and physical ability and is currently rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com.
The Seminoles coaches seem to be pretty confident that this ESPN150 commit has the tools to turn into something special once he's in Tallahassee. Though Florida State is still his only official offer, there's no doubt that others will come calling once the 2013 recruiting battle really heats up late in the year.
His Scout.com profile lists a 4.5 40-yard time, while Rivals has him at a 4.77 with a 33-inch vertical. With long arms to make up for his height, Shelton could certainly be a force in the secondary in the Noles' future.
On the Radar
With Fisher looking to sign as many as five corners for the 2013 class, Johnson and Shelton seem to be a solid start towards that goal, with a significant amount of talent still undeclared.
Best Available (with offer):
Noel Ellis—New Orleans, LA [ESPN150]
Kendall Fuller—Olney, MD [ESPN150]
Kirk Garner—Olney, MD [ESPN150]
Vernon Hargreaves III—Tampa, FL [ESPN150]
Mackensie Alexander—Immokalee, FL [ESPN150]
Artie Burns—Miami, FL [ESPN150]
Best Available (without offer):
William Likely III—Belle Glade, FL [ESPN150]