This is the fourth article in the series outlining the top 50 players for Florida State football in the upcoming 2014 season. The list is a compilation of rankings from Ryan Kelly (V89 Sports), Ariya Massoudi (V89 Sports), and myself.
#35 Kareem Are
Ht/Wt: 6 feet 6 inches, 320 pounds
2013 season: In junior college
Are early enrolled at FSU in time for spring practice and quickly asserted himself as a physical force on the offensive line. With incumbent starter Tre’ Jackson sidelined for most of the spring, Are saw considerable reps with the first team. He is a hulking figure and dominates pass rushers with his physicality. Are impressed coaches throughout the spring and his ability may force them to shuffle the line to get him on the field. At the very least he will be a key back-up behind Jackson and Josue Matias at offensive guard.
Ranking: Brandon (30), Ryan (Unranked), Ariya (23)
#34 Nick Waisome
Ht/Wt: 5 feet 10 inches, 182 pounds
2013 season: 11 tackles, 2 pass break-ups
The Seminoles are stacked at corner back limiting Waisome’s impact, but he is a talented player that plays a key role off the bench. Waisome is a very quick player whose speed allows him to be dangerous in coverage. With stars Ronald Darby, P.J. Williams, and Jalen Ramsey in front of him on the depth chart Waisome continues to be the odd man out of the rotation, but he has the skills to contribute when given the chance.
Ranking: Brandon (44), Ryan (22), Ariya (40)
#33 Dalvin Cook
Ht/Wt: 6 feet, 200 pounds
2013 Season: In high school
Another early-enrollee Cook arrived at FSU in January, but a torn labrum forced him to miss all of spring practice. His speed makes him a potential home run threat out of the backfield. A 5-star recruit out of Miami Central High, Cook was the number two all-purpose back in the class of 2014 according to Rivals.com. His ability as a runner will propel him into the running back rotation early on and he will battle Mario Pender for the number two spot behind Karlos Williams.
Ranking: Brandon (36), Ryan (42), Ariya (19)
#32 Travis Rudolph
Ht/Wt: 6 feet, 189 pounds
2013 season: In High School
The crown jewel of FSU’s 2014 recruiting class Rudolph was the top receiver in the nation according to Rivals.com. Rudolph is a polished receiver and he has a chance to make an immediate impact. FSU lost Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin from last year’s squad leaving massive holes in the receiver rotation. Look for Rudolph to compete for starting position from day one and at the least be a key contributor off the bench.
Ranking: Brandon (29), Ryan (48), Ariya (20)
#31 E.J. Levenberry
Ht/Wt: 6 fett 3 inches, 237 pounds
2013 season: 39 tackles, 1 interception
A big physical linebacker Levenberry was a key member of FSU’s second team defense last year. The Seminoles are stacked at linebacker after pulling in strong recruiting class over the last few years, but Levenberry has the physical tool to spate himself from the pack. He projects best to the hybrid outside linebacker/edge rusher position due to his size, but he can also contribute as a middle linebacker.
Ranking: Brandon (34), Ryan (21), Ariya (39)
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By: Brandon O’Connor