Last offseason, while college football realignment rumors were spreading like wildfire all over the place to keep our football-crazed minds occupied, you could hear small whispers from folks about how it would be beneficial for the Florida State Seminoles to try to align themselves with the ever-powerful SEC. And yes, in the end that’s all they were–rumors.
But, one thing cannot be denied. The ‘Noles are certainly building a 2014 recruiting class akin to that of a top-tier SEC squad. With playmakers such as QB J.J. Cosentino, WR Markell Pack and LB Delvin Purifoy–just to name a few–having pledged their Tallahassee allegiance, Florida State is on its way to building the type of program that would consider not winning a national championship a failure.
And, it may get even better.
With coaches Tim Brewster and Jeremy Pruitt leading the charge, the ‘Noles are also said to be in line to land two more coveted 2014 prospects in defensive end Jalyn Holmes and offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. Both players are four-star rated by 247sports and are having their services chased after by other top programs such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes, Florida Gators and a host of others. Yet, FSU is either at or near the top of their lists.
Both can potentially be impact players in Tallahassee sooner rather than later.
At 6-5, Holmes is a tall, athletic defensive end that can provide a lot of problems in opposing backfields. At around 225-pounds at the moment, you’d like to see him maybe build his frame up a little bit more, but that should come with development over the next year. His athletic ability alone fits exactly the type of defense they’re building at FSU–fast and physical. Again, just like the SEC.
On the flip side of the ball, Johnson is simply the type of offensive lineman that backfield players salivate for. Standing 6-7 and with about 330-pounds to go with that, the Missouri native has more than a bright future ahead of him protecting the guys with the ball in their hands. His pass-blocking and quickness have been called out as two things to work on, but shouldn’t be issues by any means. The pass-blocking could just be a simple technique issue, which can easily be coached. And, the quickness is something that can also be improved once he gets on a college campus.
Two players with a ton of ability. Two players with prospects to be future stars in the college football world. And, most importantly for Florida State fans, two players who may wind up in garnet and gold–joining those names spoken of earlier that are already committed.
Holmes will make his Florida State visit some time around mid-July, while Johnson actually began his Tallahassee visit earlier tonight.