Tuesday, December 18, 2012
FSU has had recent success with juco DEs
By Corey Dowlar
Junior college prospects are never a certainty.
No, just like their high school counterparts, there is no science to planning out a player's career. And there is no way to project their productivity with any guarantee.
What they are is bigger, stronger and more seasoned than a four-year prep recruit. Hopefully, from the college football team's perspective, that leads to a higher likelihood of instant impact.
Florida State has had a mixed bag of results over the years. Guys like wide receiver Corey Surrency were supposed to be world beaters. And while he did produce in some manner, Surrency did not turn out to be the next Randy Moss or Calvin Johnson.
But for the sake of balance, there have been guys who have worked out to the tune of becoming NFL draft picks. Defensive end is one position that has experienced recent success.
Markus White, a transfer from Butler Community College in Kansas, arrived with a five-star aura surrounding him. Though he didn't produce as quickly as most wanted him to when he stepped on campus at Florida State in 2008, White finished strong.
As his college career expired, White totaled one tackle shy of 100 and notched 11 sacks -- eight of which came his senior year. In the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, White heard his name called by the Washington Redskins.
Senior defensive end Tank Carradine, also a Butler Community College product, didn't take quite as long to make his presence felt. With just two years of eligibility, it was important that he get to work right away.
As a junior in 2011, he finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks and second at his position in tackles with 38. But he was just getting started.
Before a knee injury against Florida ended his season in late November, Carradine racked up 11 sacks and finished second on the entire team with 80 tackles.
His draft prospects are less clear than they would have been if not for a serious knee injury.
Regardless, it appears he's still on course for hearing his name called during the 2013 NFL Draft, giving the Seminoles a perfect record in the last two tries at defensive end.
Desmond Hollin, a defensive end at ASA College who is committed to Florida State, could be the next one in line. At 6 feet 4 and 260 pounds, he's physically equipped to come in and earn playing time right away.
The Seminoles need an impact player right away as they stand to lose both Brandon Jenkins and Bjoern Werner. Whether Hollin continues the recent run of success remains to be seen.