Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Florida State recruit sleepers
By Corey Dowlar
NoleNation takes a look back at a few recruiting sleepers for the Seminoles from recent history:
Bjoern Werner: Though he was a four-star recruit according to ESPN, he was only the 24th-ranked defensive end in the Class of 2010. What Werner turned into will possibly be the highest draft choice at the position this spring in the NFL draft. Werner, known for his ability to play against the run as well as the pass, has NFL general managers jostling for a shot at him. He''s almost certain be the highest-drafted player from Germany.
Xavier Rhodes: Rhodes, the nation's No. 61 wide receiver prospect in the Class of 2009, didn't even end up at the position once at Florida State. Moved to cornerback, Rhodes enjoyed a nice career for himself as one of the ACC's top cornerbacks thanks to his combination of size and speed. Rhodes recently declared he will forgo his senior season and head to the NFL.
Christian Ponder was the No. 59 quarterback in the country in his recruiting class and made himself into a first-round NFL draft pick.
Rodney Hudson: A little-known offensive guard on the national scene out of high school, Hudson emerged to be one of Florida State's best linemen of the decade. He was awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and named an All-American twice in 2009 and 2010 and was a second-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011.
Christian Ponder: Coming out of high school as the No. 59 quarterback in the country, it is fair to say Ponder did well for himself. He threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 49 touchdowns during his time at Florida State. In 2011, he was picked 12th overall in the 2011 NFL draft to the Minnesota Vikings, and is the team's starter.
Lonnie Pryor: He might not have the gaudy stats like the others listed above, but their might have not been a more pivotal player for Jimbo Fisher's offense during the last three seasons than Pryor. The nation's No. 30 running back in the 2009 class added a lot of value to the Seminoles. After earning MVP honors in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day, Pryor could very well end up on an NFL roster.