Tuesday, July 9, 2013
FSU Top 5: The Opening standouts
By Corey Dowlar
NoleNation takes a look at five Florida State targets or commitments who helped their stock at The Opening:
5. ATH Derwin James (Auburndale, Fla./Auburndale)
6-2, 199 pounds
2015 prospects not yet rated
The Seminoles' first commitment for 2015 was one of the few 2015 players at The Opening. He was thought of relatively highly heading in, and he made enough of an impression to show that he definitely belonged out there with the rest of the top prospects. James ran good times and performed well in other skill tests and was definitely one of the top rising juniors.
4. WR Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
6-2, 191 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 126
Florida State's wide receiver class is in an interesting position. Though they have four receivers committed right now, three of those aren't exactly steadfast in their commitments. Malone had a great showing at The Opening and would be a welcome addition to the class. He's 6-foot-2, so there is some versatility about his game and he's certainly able to play on the outside. Right now, Georgia is considered the leader for Malone.
3. OG Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic)
6-4, 302 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 274
Four-star offensive guard Corey Martinez gave Florida State their first commitment inside the ESPN 300 along the offensive line while at The Opening. Hopefully, from Florida State's perspective, the Seminoles will be able to keep that momentum going in their offensive line recruiting. The big uglies in the trenches, both interior and exterior, are positions of need for Jimbo Fisher's team in this 2014 cycle. There are some other big fish out there, but Martinez was a decent place to start.
2. CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen)
6-0, 196 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: No. 27
Brown was obviously a well-known player coming in as he was rated inside the ESPN 150 and is a high four-star prospect. But some things that might not have been as evident came out at The Opening. Brown's competitive fire, for example, was on display for all to see. He wasn't afraid to take extra reps, even on offense, and he showed that he just cared about winning and performing at a very high level.
1. DB Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)
6-0, 196 pounds
What position Marshall ends up at in college is still up to debate, but we learned which college he's going to. Marshall committed to Florida State over Ole Miss on television at The Opening. But what really caught some attention was his 40-yard dash time. Marshall popped off a 4.34, the fastest time, showing he might just have the skills and the top-end speed to move out to corner if Jeremy Pruitt likes him there.