Um, wow. Tim Jernigan, the Tallahassee-bound elite defensive tackle recruit from the #1 recruiting class in the country participated in a weight-lifting competition recently. That isn't exactly news. What is news, however, is what Jernigan did at the competition. Yes, benching 425 pounds is quite impressive for a senior in high school. But the most important note, at least for Florida State fans, is what Jernigan weighed in at: 300.1 pounds. Jimbo Fisher actually said that Jernigan was 300 pounds during the signing day-press conference. But Fisher has been known to announce a player's weight as what he thinks the player will eventually play at, and perhaps not always the player's current size.
The scale at a state meet doesn't lie. That is not a projection. And those who have seen Timmy Jernigan recently say he is looking quite fit as well, meaning that isn't a sloppy 300.1 pounds. Everyone knew that Tim Jernigan, who played his senior season at around 285 pounds, was special, but 300 is on another level. That has to remind 'Nole fans of another Florida State defensive tackle, Broderick Bunkley (pictured). But that's Bunkley as a senior getting ready for the draft. Jernigan won't be that level immediately, but this report indicates that he may be one of the rare freshmen able to contribute on the defensive interior.