It’s a long time until National Signing Day 2015, but that didn’t stop coveted junior running back Jordan Scarlett from naming a leader. In August, the University School product named the in-state Florida State Seminoles as his early leader.
Although he didn’t specifically site playing time as a primary reason for his announcement, the Noles depth chart certainly doesn’t hurt their chances. Three of their top four running backs are currently juniors (Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr., Karlos Williams), and another player, Mario Pender, is academically ineligible for 2013, and therefore are hard to count on moving forward.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Scarlett is a tremendous talent. As a sophomore, he ran for 1,375 yards and 22 touchdowns, while leading University School to its first ever state championship. Although he doesn’t have outstanding top-end speed, he shows a commitment to run downhill, and is a very decisive runner with the ball in his hands.
Traditionally, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has rotated his running backs liberally, so Scarlett would likely earn some immediate playing time if he learned the playbook as a freshman. His running style is a perfect match for the zone schemes that Fisher has run during his tenure calling plays in Tallahassee.
Scarlett’s main recruiter for the Seminoles is Tim Brewster, but he is also fostering a relationship with Jay Graham who would be his position coach if he ends up in garnet and gold.
Also working in the Noles favor is his friendship with current FSU offensive lineman Bobby Hart. The two have been friends for a number of years, and that could certainly help them in the long run.
There’s a long time until he signs his letter of intent, but Nole fans should feel good about Jordan Scarlett.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.