Cornellius Carradine, the top junior college defensive end in the country has signed with Florida State, the nation's leader in sacks. Also known as "Tank", Carradine, who is originally from Cincinnati, ended up at Butler CC, in Kansas. As a high schooler he was listed at 6'5" 205 lbs and was not considered an elite recruit, but he is now 6'5" and 255 lbs with excellent quickness and athleticism.
Carradine is an elite athlete and a dangerous pass rusher. His technique needs considerable work, but he has the explosion and balance needed to get after the quarterback. At 6'5" he can be a terror in FSU's zone-blitz packages on passing downs. Tank can be expected to log upwards of 400 snaps for the 'Noles next season while sharing time with junior Brandon Jenkins, who logged 12 sacks this season. There is no such thing as too many quality pass rushers and FSU's coaches have to be thrilled to have him aboard.
Carradine also had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia. He is a junior and is not expected to redshirt. Three years ago Florida State also pulled the nation's top JUCO defensive end from Butler CC, in Markus White. White has been a two year starter for the 'Noles while battling knee injuries and was serviceable in this, his senior season.
Florida State's recruiting continues to roll as the 'Noles have simply taken it to another level. Florida State has 19 high-school commitments, including a nation's best 10 from the ESPNU 150.
There is no ESPNU150 for JUCO recruits, but as the top JUCO defensive end in the country, Carradine certainly would make that list if it existed. FSU now has the top JUCO defensive end in Carradine, and the nation's #1 JUCO offensive linemen in Jacob Fahrenkrug. Refer to the 2011 Recruiting Board for more.
FSU is well on its way having the top class in the country.