Monday, March 18, 2013
Cosentino added to FSU's stable of QBs
By David M. Hale
The battle to become Florida State's starting quarterback in 2013 is just beginning to heat up, but Jimbo Fisher may have secured a little extra depth at the position for the long term with the commitment of Pittsburgh Central Catholic's J.J. Cosentino on Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cosentino fits the mold Fisher likes in a quarterback, and he comes from a strong high school program that has produced several of exceptional quarterbacks over the years, including Hall of Famer Dan Marino.
Jameis Winston likely figures into Florida State's future at quarterback, and they added another option on Monday with the commitment of J.J. Cosentino.
But while Cosentino could certainly be in the mix as FSU's starter down the road, the commitment also helps shore up the position in the short term.
Depth at quarterback isn't much of a concern right now -- Cosentino would be the sixth scholarship QB on Florida State's roster upon his arrival. But a lot can change between now and 2014.
Spring practice begins Wednesday, and the four current quarterbacks will begin battling for the starting job. All four have at least two years of eligibility remaining, which means there's bound to be some tough decisions made once a starter is finally identified. Both rising sophomore Jacob Coker and redshirt freshman Jameis Winston have immense talent, so there are bound to be questions about whether either would stick around as a career backup.
Moreover, incoming freshman James Franklin was recruited by Florida State as a quarterback, and that's where he'll be taking reps in the fall, Fisher said. But many scouts still project Franklin as a cornerback long term. If Franklin switches positions and one or more of the current quarterbacks departs, that position of strength for FSU could quickly become one of need.
Instead, Fisher now appears to have all his bases covered, regardless of what happens with the current roster. If everything stays the same, Cosentino could easily be in the mix for the starting job sometime in 2016 or beyond. If things change, he could offer a valuable alternative even sooner.