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Ranking FSU's 2014 recruiting needs

6/4/2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's Rankings Week at Nole Nation, and each day we'll be counting down the top teams, players and matchups of the 2013 season. In our last installment, we look at FSU's top recruiting needs for the Class of 2014.

1. Offensive tackle

It's been a relatively prolonged dry spell on the recruiting trail for FSU when it comes to the offensive line, with tackle in particular being a concern. As it stands, the Seminoles have three natural tackles projected on the roster beyond 2013, but Bobby Hart remains a wild card after an up-and-down two years, Wilson Bell has yet to arrive on campus and Cameron Erving could be headed to the NFL early if he turns in a strong junior campaign. Florida State needs to make a splash with this class, adding not only at least one or two game-ready options, but depth as well.

Commitments: None

Top targets: Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence), Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central)

2. Offensive guard

Much like at the tackle position, depth is a serious concern after FSU has failed to land several top targets in recent years. ESPN150 guard Ira Denson arrives this summer and could develop quickly, offering some potential beyond juniors Tre Jackson and Josue Matias, but more help is needed.

Commitments: Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee)

Top targets: Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic), Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), Josh Allen (Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian)

3. Defensive end

It's been one of the deepest and most productive positions on the roster for years at FSU, but the Seminoles well could run dry without a few strong additions in this year's class. Demarcus Walker and Devarez Bryant signed in 2013, but Giorgio Newberry hasn't developed as quickly as hoped, Chris Casher is two years removed from playing significant reps, and Mario Edwards Jr. could be a potential early departure for the NFL.

Commitments: Blake McClain (Jacksonville/Sandalwood)

Top targets: Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), Jayln Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor), Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose)

4. Wide receiver

A position of depth could potential dry up quickly for Florida State as a bevy of veterans enter their final year in Tallahassee. And with the departure of Marvin Bracy, who turned pro in track, Kelvin Benjamin is the only member of the current crop of scholarship receivers projected to still be on the roster beyond 2014. A trio of talented pass catchers arrives this summer, led by speedster Levonte Whitfield, but the Seminoles would love to add more.

Commitments: JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern), Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss.) and C.J. Worton (Homestead/South Dade)

Top targets: Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Darrell Langham (Lake Worth, Fla./Santaluces Community)

5. Safety

Jimbo Fisher has made it a priority to recruit versatile defensive backs, which gives the Seminoles some room to maneuver at this position, but there are still a few big questions. Terrence Brooks will be gone after 2013, and Karlos Williams could have an NFL future with a big year, too. Beyond that, no one projected on the 2014 roster has any significant safety experience. P.J. Williams and Tyler Hunter could fit, and there are some youngsters in the mix, too. But adding one or two more prototypical safeties would add a bit more depth going forward.

Commitments: None

Top targets: Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove)