In the on-going battle for South Florida, the Seminoles pulled out another win to even things up with the Hurricanes on the day. FSU lost out on FB Augustus Edwards early in the morning and later, in what was frankly a surprising turn of events, also lost out on Northeastern HS WR Stacy Coley. Both signed with the University of Miami.
But head-to-head on players the school are now 2-2, with FSU claiming five-star LB Matthew Thomas out of Booker T. Washington this morning and now, just moments ago, also signing four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant from Atlantic Community HS in Delray Beach.
Bryant chose FSU over UM and several other schools.
Florida State is losing a lot from their 2012 defensive line, Ends Bjoern Werner, Brandon Jenkins and Tank Carradine are all gone as well as defensive tackles Everrett Dawkins and Anthony McCloud. But FSU is also loaded with depth at the position. Jimbo Fisher says time and time again that he believes in an SEC-style approach to building a defense and that starts with elite athletes up front.
Last year the Seminoles pulled four major defensive linemen in Mario Edwards Jr., Chris Casher, Justin Shanks and Eddie Goldman. While all four are trending upwards, you can never have enough good players in the trenches and the Seminoles have added two more in this class.
Bryant is a 6-2 292-pound defensive tackle who should fit nicely into Jeremy Pruitt's defense. He joins four-star strongside defensive end Demarcus Walker, who flipped from Alabama to FSU hours after the BCS title game and then enrolled early, in Jimbo Fisher's 2013 class.
Bryant will cut his teeth in the summer with most of the rest of the recruits, but could still potentially push to see the field in 2013. Either way he represents quality depth at an all-important position and his commitment is also a good way to ensure the Miami Hurricane D-Line- a major point of weakness which desperately needed depth in its own right- doesn't get a very good player to fill that need.
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