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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Ro'Derrick Hoskins

By Corey Dowlar

With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins (Orlando, Fla./Evans), 6-foot-3, 215 pounds.

Committed: Feb. 25, 2012. grade: 83, four-star prospect. rankings: No. 14 outside linebacker in the country, No. 79 player in the Southeast region, No. 35 player in the state of Florida and No. 168 in the ESPN 300.

Picked Florida State over: Auburn and Louisville.

State of the position: Florida State came into the 2013 class in need of linebackers. Nick Moody and Vince Williams depart after exhausting their eligibility, leaving two open slots, but the argument could be made that the need existed before this recruiting cycle. Christian Jones returns as arguably their biggest recruit after turning down the lure of leaving for the NFL early. Telvin Smith is back as maybe the most dynamic player of the group. Reggie Northrup, Terrance Smith and Nigel Terrell are back, but with limited experience. Ukeme Eligwe, too, is in the running for playing time after taking a redshirt in his first season on campus. scouting report: Hoskins is an outstanding athlete with the explosion and playing speed to create havoc in the opponent's backfield. His quickness and ability to turn and change direction make it very difficult to get a hat on him. He has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition, and his frame appears capable of handling additional bulk over time. Hoskins is an effective wrap tackler, allowing very little yardage after contact. He should be very effective early on as a special teams coverage defender. His great initial quickness allows him to beat blockers to the point of attack, and he has the playing strength and quick hands needed to take on and defeat blockers, but he can also avoid contact with his explosive first step. Hoskins plays on his feet and moves through traffic very well. He shows the ability to play down the line to the sideline, and we see excellent range and make-up speed when in long pursuit. He is very disruptive as an edge rusher. He beats blockers with his quick upfield move, demonstrates the ability to squeeze the pocket and forces the quarterback to move his feet. He displays an outstanding closing burst. He also does a very good job in underneath zone coverage. His hips appear fluid, can cross over for depth with eyes on the quarterback, and demonstrates the ability to get into throwing lanes. He displays good route awareness. He is very productive as a slot receiver and demonstrates a smooth, quick release off the line with good out of the frame catching ability. His flexibility, agility and balance allow him to play effectively both on and off the line of scrimmage. Hoskins has the ability to make game-changing plays anywhere on the field and has the talent to see early playing time at the BCS level of play.

Expected impact: Hoskins is going to face an uphill climb to get into the rotation at outside linebacker in all likelihood. A very athletic, rangy player, Hoskins would definitely have some value on special teams, but those kind of players aren't exactly rare at Florida State. Hoskins could be a prime candidate to take a redshirt, add size and strength while getting more familiar with the system. It will be easier to tell based on what condition he reports in next fall.