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— leslie renfroe (@Less2000) December 26, 2013
The important thing to acknowledge in this FSU class of linebackers are is their measurables. They are all 6-foot-3 or taller and all weight at least 225 pounds. This is all about scheme and personnel needs matching up with what the position is going to be asked to do within the defense. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) aren’t just linebackers in the run support/pass coverage sense, they are also pass rushers, which is why you don’t see 6-1, 210-pound linebackers in this scheme. This is the part of recruiting I wish fans understood more. It is easy to always focus on five stars or four stars, and who is being offered and why this team has or hasn’t offered. Instead, focus on who is being recruited and why. Does he fit athletically and into the scheme? Is the right player as well as the best player? This is how a board is stacked. FSU has done a nice job of recruiting to scheme defensively for this very reason. QBs J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) and Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) have dramatically different skillsets. Cosentino is almost identical to Jacob Coker, while Harris is tough to compare to because of his measurables. However, the more we watch him, the more we think he could play QB at the BCS level. He is really, really productive. Harris needs to be in the shotgun, but he could do it. If he does not pan out, he is athletically gifted enough to play another position.