Florida State landed three football recruit commitments Saturday resulting from its junior day event -- offensive lineman Cole Minshew, linebacker Brian Bell, and c/o 2016 defensive tackle Cedric Wood. Of course, verbal commitments 50 (or in the case of the 2016 commitment, 102 weeks) from National Signing Day are virtually meaningless, but there's a good chance that some of FSU's early commitments will stick. Let's take a look at the three new commitments.
Cole Minshew, offensive guard
Minshew is 6'4, 300 and from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County, a traditionally good program. He is age appropriate for his grade level, which suggests he could have more growing to do, and he does not carry much bad weight, if any, which is great for a 300-pound man who won't turn 18 for another 13 months. He has offers from Miami and Mississippi State. He is currently a consensus three-star, but I really do not care about star rankings 50 weeks out, as we are still very much in the evaluation period.
A few things pop out on film. First, I cannot find any film of Minshew's sophomore year. That could explain why he has only received recent offers. Second, like Minshew's balance, which helps him maintain a solid base and football position. He sticks with opposing defenders quite well, and he moves well laterally. And his leg drive is good. Of course, these are just highlights, but these look like the highlights of a BCS quality lineman's junior year.
Florida State still needs two or three more offensive linemen in the class.
Brian Bell, linebacker
FSU got another from Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes County in Bell, a consensus three-star (again, at this stage, that doesn't mean much). 6'2, 218 as a junior is good size. FSU has also had Telvin Smith, Greg Reid, Gerald Demps and Tyler Hunter from Lowndes HS. Bell also had offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati.
And there's a lot to like about his film. He quickly diagnoses the play, has good speed in getting to the ball carrier, and when he gets there, he strikes, stopping the runner's momentum and keeping his own feet moving. Bell has a wrestling background and you can definitely see that in how he maintains balance and doesn't overextend himself. I'd like to see him in a camp setting, but his film in coverage is impressive, and he may also be valuable in nickel and sub packages -- something FSU needs as rivals Clemson, Florida and, to an extent, Miami all run spread offenses.
Cedric Wood, Defensive Line
I've seen Wood a few times at FSU for visits as the 2016 prospect plays for Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby. He's has a lot of tools. 6'2, 265 is fine size for a player headed into his junior year. I like his get off, his punch, his ability to snap his hips and generate power with leverage, his agility, and his pursuit. He's raw, but he'll get better over the next two years. The only question is whether he plays 3-tech or 5-tech.
Couple people said its to early how I see it I'm late because I was born a Seminole;)#nolenation— cedric wood (@trouble__49) February 23, 2014
On the whole, it looks like FSU landed verbal commitments from three good football players.