Thursday, February 7, 2013
Florida State: 2014 prospects to watch
By Corey Dowlar
With members of the 2013 class already having faxed in their letters of intent, the focus turns to the Class of 2014. Here are five top juniors the Seminoles will place a priority on for the next cycle:
ILB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) As far as inside linebackers go, Daub is about how a coach would draw one up. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, he's already bigger than some Division I linebackers. The new defensive assistants have helped to make an impression already, but Daub also has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Southern California and West Virginia.
RB Sony Michel has been on the national scene for several years, and all of the nation's top programs are after him.
OT Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) At 6-7, 300 pounds, Prince looks ready to suit up for a college team today. His offer list suggests other teams think so too. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC already have offered, among others. Offensive tackle is a huge position of need for the Seminoles in 2014.
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior) Likely to be one of, if not the, top receiver in the Class of 2014 from Florida, Lane is a major target if for no other reason than default. The 6-2, 175-pound Watch List member camped at Florida State over the summer. He has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh, among others.
RB Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) Michel has been a well-known prospect since his freshman year. All the big guns are after him, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. The Seminoles were in good shape before Eddie Gran's departure but will have some ground to make up in all likelihood.
DE Justin Thornton (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) Thornton has been identified early by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as a priority from his defensive end position. The 6-5, 225-pound ESPN Watch List member has offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina, in addition to recent offers from Florida and USC. Thornton was on FSU's campus in early February.