One of the brightest young stars the on the Florida State Seminoles roster was honored on Thursday, as Derwin James was named to the ESPN True Freshman All-America Team. It's a great honor for James, who was named one of the team's starting defensive backs alongside Pitt's Jordan Whitehead, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Arizona State's Kareem Orr.
Here's what ESPN had to say about their selection of James:
The 6-3, 212-pound James is a big, physical safety who can cover, and he hits just like a linebacker. In seven starts for the Seminoles, he racked up 77 total tackles, which was second on the team, and also had 7.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
James' numbers were good for second on the team in tackles (Reggie Northrup led the team with 87) and second on the team in sacks (Demarcus Walker led the team with 9.0). He was a force all season-long, and looks to be in store for a phenomenal career in Tallahassee.
Other freshman from the ACC to be named to the team are as follows: Deon Cain, Clemson (WR); Mitch Hyatt, Clemson (OT); Whitehead, Pittsburgh (DB)
Congratulations, Derwin! Next year, we'll see you on the big-time All-American team.