Lorenzo Featherston to Florida State: Seminoles Land 4-Star DE Prospect

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2014

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Page High School (Greensboro, N.C.) 4-star defensive end Lorenzo Featherston has reportedly committed to play for the Florida State Seminoles in 2014.

Gerry Hamilton of ESPN broke the news on Wednesday:

One day after Florida State flipped No. 20-ranked Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), the Seminoles struck again, picking up a commitment from No. 27 Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page).

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound defensive end officially visited Florida, Florida State and Clemson before picking Jimbo Fisher's squad.

Featherston is the No. 10 weak-side DE prospect in the class of 2014, according to the composite rankings provided by 247Sports.com. The site also lists him as the No. 183 overall recruit in the country.

What stands out most about Featherston is his massive size. At 6'7" and 220 pounds, he has plenty of room still to get thicker—something he essentially must do to have success at the collegiate level.

But all the raw physical tools are there. As ESPN notes, he recorded a vertical leap of 38.2", just 1.8" shy of the Lorenzo Carter's mark of 40", the highest among DEs tested. Combine that with his height and wingspan, and it will be difficult for any quarterback to get the ball past the outstretched arms of Featherston.

Although very slender for his size, anything that Featherston lacks in that regard is made up for by his speed and quickness.

He has a lightning-quick first step that allows him to get the outside edge over most tackles, yet that can backfire at Florida State if he continues to get too far up the field and allows opposing quarterbacks to step up in the pocket.

Nevertheless, the tale of the tape shows that Featherston takes exceptional pursuit angles and is able to harness his explosive athleticism while staying disciplined on his assignments and making plays.

Featherston has great hands at the point of attack and can burst through the gap before the offensive line knows what hit them. That also makes him a threat against the run; although, again, he will have to put on more muscle for that trend to transition to college.

There is plenty of promise for Featherston to be a future star, but he may need a year or two to grow and progress before developing the game-changing impact he has the potential to produce.

If nothing else, Featherston could be a huge difference-maker as a true freshman on special teams given his skill set, particularly with regard to blocking kicks.

Another possibility is that Featherston becomes an offensive player and lines up at tight end, which is the position at which 247Sports.com lists him on that side of the ball. He would likely create matchup nightmares for linebackers thanks to his height, speed and quick-twitch agility.