National Signing Day 2011: Top 10 Recruits For Florida State
Florida State is just weeks away from national signing day and they are currently the second rated recruiting class right behind Texas with the potential to finish with the top class. It looks like Jimbo Fisher is putting together another impressive run that absolutely pleases the fans of Florida State.
As the class stands right now there are already some great players coming in that have done their best job to bring in more prospects. While there is still time for them to accomplish their goals, let's take a look at the top ten prospects that are already committed.
10. Nile Lawrence-Stample: Defensive Tackle
Nile Lawrence-Stample is a big, bulky defensive tackle with great size at 6'1", 297 lbs. He looks and plays a lot like Jacobbi McDaniel, the starting defensive tackle for the 'Noles right now. Lawrence-Stample has the potential to step in and provide some much needed depth at the tackle position.
Lawrence-Stample has the size and athleticism to be a productive college player. He's a member of the ESPN 150 and a 4-star prospect.
9. Tyler Hunter: Safety
Tyler Hunter is another product from Valdosta, Georgia. The same place that Greg Reid hails from and his career has been impressive at the least so far for Florida State. Hunter is a very athletic football player with great size and speed for the next level.
Hunter has great closing speed and can be a ball hawk as well as provide run support. He has the bulk to play at the next level and has a skill set to play early as a freshman.
8. Jordan Prestwood: Offensive Line
Jordan Prestwood is a 4-star "project". He's 6'6", 265 lbs, has the skill set of a tight end, but the frame to be an offensive tackle at the next level. This isn't exactly a bad situation. Florida State needs both positions and if Prestwood can zero in on one specific position, he can be a great player for the 'Noles.
Prestwood was an early Notre Dame commit, but switched over to Florida State.
7. Georgio Newberry: Offensive Line/Defensive Line
Georgio Newberry is an interesting prospect. He is considered an athlete because of the options he provides. He has the size and build to be a dominant defensive end as well as on the offensive line. He's 6'5", 249 pounds with the perfect frame to add more build.
Newberry played in the Under Armour All-American game and when he arrives on campus, he will give the FSU coaching staff a versatile player that can excel on the gridiron.
6. Keelin Smith: Safety
Considering he's a defensive back, he's huge. Keelin Smith is 6'3" and weighs 185. He's tall and lanky, but has size and speed to be a force on the defensive side of the ball. He reminds me of another former Seminole, Antonio Cromartie.
Smith has played between the safety and corner positions all through high school. He is an Under Armour All-American and has plenty of time for growth and development when he gets to the next level.
5. Kelvin Benjamin: Wide Receiver
Kelvin Benjamin can be summed up in one word; huge. He's a massive receiver with amazing size mixed with a blend of speed and athleticism. He's 6'6", 210 lbs and while most assume he will move over to tight end at the next level, he has the skill set to play receiver.
Florida State's receivers right now are a mix of tall and short, but adding Benjamin will bring them a new dynamic that they haven't had since Greg Carr, and that's a legitimate red zone receiver. Benjamin is going to be a project once he gets on campus, but with a great staff around him he will be able to progress and by a game-changing type player over time.
4. Bobby Hart: Offensive Tackle
Bobby Hart has great size now, but he will need to add more bulk in order to play the left tackle position at the next level, which Florida State expects him too, but he does have time. As a run blocker, he's virtually unstoppable, but his blocking arsenal will need to get better.
Hart started in the Under Armour All-American Bowl and at times it looked like he was getting beat by the defensive ends going against him. He has good footwork and a good work ethic by all accounts and should become one of the next great lineman at Florida State. He will be a player that needs time to develop, but Rick Trickitt is arguably the best line coach in the country so he has that going for him.
3. Nick Waisome: Cornerback
If there's one thing that Florida helped Florida State out with this year, it's Urban Meyer retiring.
That opened up an opportunity for Florida State to close in on Nick Waisome. By all accounts, Waisome is small. He has ideal height for the corner position, but his 168 pounds means he won't be a force in run support. As a cover corner, his skills are off the charts. He's quick and fluid and can develop into a shut down corner over time.
Waisome will be joining a young, but experienced cornerback group once he gets to Florida State and he will be given time to develop. If he develops physically there's no telling how good he can be, the sky is the limit.
2. James Wilder Jr.: Running Back
A 6'2", 225 lb back with 4.4 speed is a very hot commodity. Mix in the fact that that same exact player is arguably the best linebacker in the country and you have yourself a very lethal and deadly weapon to put onto the playing field. That describes James Wilder Jr..
He's massive and runs a lot like Adrian Peterson. He doesn't have top notch speed, but he has deceptive speed and can still outrun a defender.
Florida State won over Wilder with their running back coach Eddie Gran, whose reputation speaks for itself and Wilder will be the next great running back that he coaches. Florida State hasn't had a giant bruising back since Greg Jones and Wilder has the skills to step in immediately into the already crowded backfield of the Florida State offense.
1. Karlos Williams: Safety
If there was any doubt in just how good Karlos Williams is, all one had to do was watch the Under Armour All-American game where Williams put on a show and one the game's MVP award. Williams is huge for a safety at 6'2", 210 pounds, but his speed is top notch.
He is the fifth overall player in the country and the top safety.
Williams realistically will step onto campus and challenge Nick Moody or Terrance Parks for the starting safety spot right off the bat and most likely will win the challenge. He will join his brother Vince, a Florida State linebacker, and will help to make this ever evolving defense even better.