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Thursday, April 18, 2013
ESPN 150 targets: Florida State

By Corey Dowlar

With the release of the ESPN 150 today, here are some of Florida State's top targets on the list:

1. David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) 6-foot-7, 280 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 12

Why they want him: Sharpe has all the size and athleticism colleges are looking for in their offensive tackles. As a basketball player, he's got the footwork to go along with a great frame. He's a slam dunk for any team that lands him and should be a rock on the offensive line for years to come.

Who else wants him: Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State are considered the frontrunners for Sharpe at this point. He's also got offers from Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Odds they get him: 25 percent

2. Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) 6-5, 225
ESPN 150 Rank: 14

Lorenzo Carter
Ultra-athletic defensive end Lorenzo Carter, ranked No. 14 in the ESPN 150, would address an important need for FSU.
Why they want him: Carter is a franchise defensive end that combines length with superior athleticism and speed off the edge. The Seminoles aren't alone in their pursuit, as nearly every major school in the country would like to have him.

Who else wants him: The entire country. Carter has offers from just about every SEC team with Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia ranking high on his list. LSU, an offer he'd been looking for, came on Tuesday.

Odds they get him: 15 percent

3. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior) 6-2, 171
ESPN 150 Rank: 25

Why they want him: Lane possesses tremendous size to go with ball skills and speed. He is a physical player who could fill an early role as an outside receiver.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida and Miami are the main competition for Florida State. Other SEC programs and national programs are in the mix as well.

Odds they get him: 25 percent

4. Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) 6-0, 179
ESPN 150 Rank: 27

Why they want him: A blazing fast defensive back with good size, Brown would be a good addition for any team. Assistant coach Tim Brewster is leading the way for the Seminoles in their recruitment of Brown.

Who else wants him: LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M all have emerged as favorites. LSU, according to most, is the team to beat.

Odds they get him: 10 percent

5. Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) 6-7, 300
ESPN 150 Rank: 33

Why they want him: Like Sharpe, Prince has all the size required to play offensive tackle at the highest level. Beyond that, Florida State needs offensive tackles. Prince would fit the bill perfectly.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Maryland, Michigan and Ohio State are also all in the picture. South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame are also in the mix.

Odds they get him: 33 percent

6. Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose) 6-2, 265
ESPN 150 Rank: 34

Why they want him: In need of quality defensive ends, Street would be exactly what the Seminoles are looking for. He's big and physical against the run, but quick enough off the edge.

Who else wants him: Georgia is the Seminoles' biggest competition at this point. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Alabama are all in the top group as well.

Odds they get him: 40 percent

Kain Daub
Although big middle linebacker Kain Daub is committed to Florida State, the Noles know they will have to fend off plenty of suitors.
7. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) 6-3, 243
ESPN 150 Rank: 36

Why they want him: He's got all the size and speed to play middle linebacker at a tough, nasty level in college. Daub, at nearly 245 pounds already, shouldn't require a lot of addition before being able to get on the field as a Seminole.

Who else wants him: Alabama was the runner-up for his commitment, but there were plenty of other teams in it. LSU once had his commitment, all the in-state schools have offered, and the rest of the SEC is interested.

Odds they get him: 99 percent

8. J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) 6-0, 185
ESPN 150 Rank: 48

Why they want him: Standing at 6-0, Jackson has some versatility about him. He should be able to play all over the field, out wide or in the slot, and has plenty of speed to burn.

Who else wants him: Florida has made a big push for Jackson over the last few months. He's been on the Gators' campus a couple of times and rumors of a decommitment from FSU have existed. Clemson and Ohio State were also in the picture when he pledged.

Odds they get him: 65 percent

9. Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) 6-2, 234
ESPN 150 Rank: 106

Why they want him: Given his size and skill set, Purifoy can play inside or outside at linebacker. He still has room to fill out, but he's a tough player who can deliver a big hit as a Seminoles commitment.

Who else wants him: Kentucky, Ole Miss, USF, Tennessee and Southern Cal all offered Purifoy before the spring evaluation. Given his affinity for FSU growing up, he is expected to stick.

Odds they get him: 99 percent

10. Isaiah Wynn (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) 6-2, 270
ESPN 150 Rank: 113

Why they want him: Wynn is at a position of need and resides in the state of Florida. Given that he is a good player, it's a no-brainer for FSU to recruit him.

Who else wants him: Auburn and Georgia are probably the frontrunners at this point, and all signs point to Wynn leaving the state. Alabama could make things interesting if he earns an offer when camping there over the summer.

Odds they get him: 10 percent