NoleNation takes a look at candidates for the cornerback position out of the class of 2014.
Nigel Patten (Miami/Booker T. Washington) -- Emerged on the scene at Florida State's camp over the summer impressing with his pure speed. Also went on to win an award at Florida's camp for the fastest man among his group. Patten was offered early by Florida State and assistant coach James Coley who will be hoping to open a pipeline at Booker T. Washington High School. He's also teammates with other targets such as Matthew Thomas, Denver Kirkland and Treon Harris.
D'Andre Payne (Washington D.C./Howard D. Woodson) -- Payne was offered by Florida State over the summer to go along with a multitude of others. Most recently, Payne was on campus for the Florida-Florida State game on an unofficial visit. Coming all the way down from Washington D.C. could be indicative of his interest in the Seminoles. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins has had success in the area landing targets such as Ronald Darby and Eddie Goldman as recently as last year.
Nicholas Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) -- As a sophomore, Ruffin emerged on Florida State's radar at camp two years ago. Assistant coach Dameyune Craig liked what he saw from the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back, and that eventually led to a verbal offer. Ruffin has since totaled offers from Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Ruffin will probably consider a visit to FSU this January or February for the school's Junior Day.
Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) -- An ESPN Watch List member, Brown has a resume that is as strong as it is deep. He's been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Illinois, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC and West Virginia. Teams like Florida and Florida State have not offered but are very interested. As a 2014 prospect, Brown was a participant in Gridiron Kings.
Evan Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) -- If the last name of this defensive back sounds familiar, well, there is a reason for that. His older brother, Eric, was a star defensive back for Tennessee before going on to play in the NFL. The athleticism didn't fall too far from the tree, as Evan seems to have all the tools necessary to play on the major college level. Florida State would have a lot of work to do if it chose to get involved and has shown interest. The usual SEC suspects are considered out in front.