Ethan Frith was excited about joining Florida State this summer, but now the offensive tackle recruit out of Summit (Miss.) North Pike High School will be delaying his enrollment by a semester, a practice popularly known as grayshirting.
The reason? Injury.
Frith has a labrum issue in his right shoulder that will require surgery. The extent of the timetable for recovery is not known, and the surgery has not yet been scheduled. The news was first reported by Chris Nee of Noles247 ($).
I spoke with Frith Sunday morning.
"Last night I was talking to [offensive line coach Rick] Trickett and we decided it would be the best thing for me because if I [don't delay enrollment] I might be coming in and not be able to do anything for a while and waste a year of eligibility," Frith said of when the decision was made.
Erolling in January will allow Frith, hopefully healthy, to play the 2015-2018 seasons (potentially 2019 if he was to red-shirt).
Frith improved a lot during his final three years of high school, reshaping his body and adding agility. He is a 6'6, 295-pound three-star tackle recruit.
FSU now has 25 verbal commitments (26 if you prefer to count Jo Jo Robinson, who is not expected to sign with FSU).