Florida State Football: 3 Recruits Most Likely to Start as Freshmen
Florida State was 4-5. A losing season was in the midst. One of college football's greatest coaches had his job on the line.
And their starting quarterback, future NFL starter Christian Ponder, was injured.
Enter a freshman named EJ Manuel. I don't have to tell you the rest of the story.
Case in point, some freshmen have tremendous impact on their teams, immediately establishing themselves as leaders.
The Florida State Seminoles, being the recruiting powerhouse that they are, have the prowess to churn out great players. With a transition year ahead (road games at Clemson and Florida make a title run more opaque in 2013), the Seminoles can take the chance to cultivate the best crops from their latest harvest.
How the best "crops" will distance themselves remains a mystery, but what matters most is the opportunity. Who will seize the season?
Ryan Green, Running Back
With Lonnie Pryor graduating and Chris Thompson giving up a medical waiver for extra college playing time, the Seminoles are down to two running backs. While Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. each have star power and are already relied on, having an extra horse won't hurt the 'Noles.
Ryan Green is the most likely to start of these following freshmen due to the wear and tear that might be placed on the two primary running backs. He could be a big name at the end of the year.
Marquez White, Cornerback/Safety
The 20th-ranked cornerback from Dothan, Alabama has quite a future ahead of him. With star cornerback Xavier Rhodes declaring for the NFL draft, the Seminoles gain a player with traits for both the cornerback and safety positions. ESPN praises him for his zone coverage skills, as well as his great instincts that make him a ball hawk.
With so many fresh faces taking over full time at cornerback, Marquez White should have the chance to squeeze into the rotation. Coach Fisher might let him learn from current safety LaMarcus Joyner during the fall, but why deny the man a chance when the cornerback situation is in relative upheaval?
Davin Bellamy, Defensive End
Bonjour, Bjoern. Hello...Davin?
Yes, the dynamic duo of defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine (not to mention injured Brandon Jenkins) have all flown the coop.
Given the fact Davin Bellamy is the only committed defensive end of the 2013 Seminoles class, he won't have competition from other freshmen recruits come spring practice.
Bellamy, like the two aforementioned players, is part of the ESPN 300. Coming in at 6'5" and 235 pounds, he has the mass to sack opposing quarterbacks. The only concern is that Bellamy is ranked 140th at his position regionally, meaning the Seminoles could have apparently gotten a "better" catch.
But like Green and White, Bellamy has the intangibles that could have starting time in the autumn.