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5 True Freshmen Likely to Make it For Florida State Seminoles in 2013

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5 Freshman that Will Make an Impact for Florida State in 2013

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The Florida State Seminoles are on the cusp of a return to greatness. They’ve recruited well, they’ve developed their talent well, but haven’t been able to put it all together to run the table and get back to the coveted national championship game. It seems as though the program is one class, or even one player away from belonging with the elite schools in the country.

In 2013, the Seminoles will have to replace a number of mainstays in Tallahassee. E.J. Manuel, the face of the Florida State program for the last couple of years, is headed to the NFL. Also, the Noles lost three outstanding defensive ends in Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine. Even the loss of kicker Dustin Hopkins will be a challenge to deal with.

Thankfully, Florida State is bringing in another top-notch recruiting class. Ranked in the top 10 by most recruiting services, the Seminoles are bringing in another batch of talented athletes, which was a remarkable feat. The loss of coaches like Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran put the Noles class in peril. However, new coaches (primarily new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt) were able to finish strong and bring players that can contribute right away.

Recent news that one of the best players in this class, Matthew Thomas, wants to get out of his letter of intent, might alter the following list of freshmen that will make an impact. But if he stays, here are five in-coming freshmen who can make a difference and keep Florida State on track to once again reach the national championship.

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Matthew Thomas, LB

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This obviously assumes he ends up at Florida State. Matthew Thomas made comments recently that indicated he wanted out of his letter of intent so he could enroll elsewhere. Jimbo Fisher is going to work hard to keep him, and assuming he does, Thomas could earn playing time early for the Seminoles. He’s a tackling machine and has the instincts that will allow him a chance to get on the field in some capacity this fall.

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DeMarcus Walker, DE

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The 6’4”, 280 pound defensive end enrolled early at Florida State this spring. However, an issue with his transcript prevented him from participating in spring workouts. He’s been cleared now and will look to replace the loss of Werner, Jenkins and Carradine. Expect to find him in the rotation of DEs by the time it’s all said and done.

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Jalen Ramsey, CB

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Jalen Ramsey was not really even on the radar for Florida State until they hired Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator. However, Ramsey made the jump to Tallahassee and will get a chance to showcase his play-making abilities in the secondary. He’s long and athletic and will make an immediate contribution, at least on special teams.

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Keith Bryant, DT

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The Seminoles could get key contributions from Keith Bryant, a 6’2” 300 pound defensive tackle from Delray Beach, Florida. He’s big, physical and defensive line coach Odell Haggins loves him. Florida State loves to rotate defensive tackles, so expect to see Bryant on the field a lot this year.

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Ryan Green, RB

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Ryan Green is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during his senior season of high school, but it looks as though he’s healing well. Florida State will rely on James Wilder Jr. andDavonte Freeman to carry the load, but Green could crack the rotation by the end of the year. Mario Pender has proven to be injury-prone, so Green could be in the top three with a solid camp.