Jacksonville First Coast High School Running Back Eric Beverly committed to Florida State.
Beverly stands 5'10" and weighs in at a stout 210 lbs. He is another in what is fast becoming a pipeline for Florida State, as the 'Noles will have 5 former Buccaneers on their roster in 2011.
"The best recruiting tool a school has is when the kids come back and say how much they are enjoying themselves," First Coast coach Marty Lee said. "The three boys we have there now are having success and enjoying being part of the program. When a player comes back and tells a younger kid that everything these coaches are telling you is true, that goes a long way, as opposed to saying that they are feeding you a bunch of lines."
"Eric is a very powerful runner and a strong kid," Lee said. "Really, the two things that stand out though are his vision and soft hands. He makes great cuts and doesn't take a lot of hard hits. He's also very good at catching the ball out of the backfield." -Jacksonville Times
Beverly looks like a really nice fit for the Florida State offense. He has great balance.
Beverly is the type of back that fits what FSU wants to do very well. He has good vision and great feet. While he doesn’t have that huge burst or top end speed he can be very effective in the Seminoles system. He is very tough to bring down and displays good hands as well. Compact power. He is consistent, sturdy and just simply a productive back that is always gaining positive yards. Has a compact, well-built frame and a low running base. Beverly hits the hole fast and displays very good vision running with his eyes and seeing the cutback lanes develop quickly. Sees and hits the small creases. Makes subtle yet sharp, decisive cuts through traffic. Shifty with deceptive elusiveness and never seems to give defenders a clean shot while still going forward. We like the fact that he rarely takes unnecessary cuts as a back and is more of a one-cut-and-go runner. His legs can go dead at times on contact and would like to see added lower-body power to break through more tackles but he is a second effort guy and will fight for extra yards. His yards after contact production is assisted by his low center of gravity and ability to never give a defender a direct shot; deceptively has very good footwork. A very well-rounded back, has good hands out of the backfield, who may slide under the radar due to his size and speed measurables. He's a better fit for the offense than 2010 RB Gio Bernard of St. Thomas HS. Brother is impressive 2012 prospect Shaq Beverly. He will be the fifth 1st Coast player on the 'Noles. Eric tore his ACL. He will miss his senior season of football. 06.10.10.