- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Florida State's offensive line coach Rick Trickett usually likes to wait until summer camp before really zeroing in on targets. But NoleNation will take a look at five guys that the Seminoles have already evaluated enough to offer out of the Class of 2014.
Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory): At 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, Brumfield is about how you would draw up an offensive guard for his age. He already has earned offers from Florida, Florida State, Louisiana Tech, LSU and Miami. Although Brumfield is right in LSU's backyard, the Florida schools have made an impression on him and figure to be in it until the end.
Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake): The Seminoles got on Cole early having seen the in-state prospect several times in person. He camped at FSU this summer and had the chance to work with Trickett directly. Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, USF, Stanford, USC and West Virginia have all already offered, speaking to his ability and long-term potential. Distance, Cole has said, won't be a factor, so the teams from the North are in it.
Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic): Martinez, like Cole, is a prospect who is familiar with the Florida State staff from early on in the process. And he, too, has a bunch of offers, including Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, USF and Vanderbilt. At 6-foot-4 and 291 pounds, Martinez has the size to probably play guard or tackle and it will come down to how he develops. Martinez has been to FSU's campus several times and will more than likely be back for the FSU-UF game in November.
Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara): An ESPN Watch List member, Prince has quite the offer list. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others, have all offered already. If his size is any indication, the 6-foot-7. 300-pound junior is a prototypical offensive tackle prospect that all coaches would love to have. FSU would like to continue a strong presence in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area by getting Prince on campus.
Orlando Brown (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge): Here's probably a familiar name, and it should be, as Orlando Brown Jr. is an NFL legacy. He stands at 6-foot-8 and about 370 pounds already, and as big as he is, so too is his offer list. Major schools involved include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, USF, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. While his frame is excellent, the weight could be an issue down the road, but there is plenty of time to make necessary changes.
6dDavid M. Hale
6dDavid M. Hale