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Florida State football, recruiting news: Is FSU's offensive line unit among best in the country?

 Florida State left tackle Roderick Johnson
Florida State left tackle Roderick Johnson
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Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman includes the Seminoles in his list of the top ten offensive lines in college football. Although the Florida State offensive line struggled at times last year, all members of the 2015 unit return in 2016, including Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Rod Johnson.

6. FSU

Rick Trickett's been one of the top O-line coaches in football for years, and he's developed another outstanding crew. This was a very young group in 2015, but it came together pretty well to help Dalvin Cook make a run at the Heisman. The group does have to improve at protecting the passer, and I expect it will take a big step forward. Last season, they allowed 26 sacks and were No. 59 nationally in fewest sacks given up per game. All five starters return, led by OT Roderick Johnson, the ACC's top offensive lineman last year. Kareem Are and Wilson Bell have proven to be solid guards with big David Robbins pushing them for playing time. In the middle, FSU has Alec Eberle, Corey Martinez and big Cole Minshew. Chad Mavety offers versatility and is a good run blocker while young Abdul Bello from Nigeria has a lot of promise.

ESPN's ACC writers publicized their predictions for both of the Atlantic Coast Conference divisions on Wednesday. In the Atlantic Division, FSU was unanimously selected as the runner up. In the Coastal, three of the four experts have Florida State's week five opponent, North Carolina, as the selection with the fourth instead going out on a unique limb.


From Tuesday's edition of Jimbo Fisher Camp, Bud Elliott shared his notes and thoughts and caught up with 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell, who impressed and received an offer.

At Wednesday's Jimbo Camp, David Visser talked with highly-touted and widely sought-after 2018 athlete Warren Thompson, who expressed his high level of interest in the Seminoles before receiving an offer later in the day.

Additionally, Florida State commit Cyrus Fagan was at camp on Wednesday, chatting about his relationships with his future teammates and his commitment to FSU.


Former Seminole Jalen Ramsey received a unique honor in next year's Madden video game when he was announced as the highest-rated rookie in the 2017 edition of the game. Additionally, Roberto Aguayo sits not far behind as the fourth highest-rated rookie.