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Another look at offensive line recruiting

9/12/2012

Florida State's 2013 offensive line class sits at four commitments currently, but from their perspective, the staff would like to see that number swell by at least two.

Obviously, the Seminoles would take top-rated lineman Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), but realistically, it looks like he's SEC bound to either Alabama or Georgia.

So, for a moment, let's reset the list in terms of guys Florida State is well and truly in on for this 2013 class.

Tyler Moore - 6-foot-6, 305 pounds

Not only is Moore projectable, he's got experience, too.

At Nebraska, he started a handful of games during his freshman season -- something that rarely happens in Lincoln. There was a falling out and the big-time product out of Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla., returned home to take classes at St. Petersburg College to buy some time to think things over.

Florida and Florida State have taken the lead over a return to the Cornhuskers primarily because of their proximity advantage. The Gators, for now anyway, have a slight lead as Moore took a visit to Gainesville for their season opener.

The Seminoles will have their first crack this upcoming Saturday when he plans to be in attendance for the Wake Forest game that kicks off at noon.

Denver Kirkland - 6-foot-4, 333 pounds

Florida State's inroads at Miami's Booker T. Washington High School are a major key to the 2013 class with outside linebacker Matthew Thomas and offensive tackle Denver Kirkland.

The Seminoles do hold a sizable lead for Thomas already, but Kirkland seems to be a little more split between Florida State and Miami. To be able to land both would be a major recruiting victory for the Tallahassee-based staff reaching into one of their arch-rival's backyards.

Kirkland has been to Florida State's campus on numerous several times, most recently during the summer at the Jimbo Fisher Camp.

Roderick Johnson - 6-foot-6, 313 pounds

As far as offensive tackles go, it's hard to draw them up much better physically than Roderick Johnson.

He's got a great frame with which to work and plenty of wingspan to handle opposing defensive ends. Getting Johnson into a major workout routine will only help improve his strength.

Florida State was only able to get into the picture after his decommitment from rival Florida in the wake of assistant coach Aubrey Hill's departure. Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is leading Johnson's recruitment efforts for the Seminoles, who seem to stand just as good of a chance as anyone else.