Florida State University

Strong start for FSU’s freshman class

Florida State’s freshman class is making a fast first impression.

Through three days, the Seminoles’ practice fields have been littered with first-year players eager to catch a coach’s eye.

FSU signed 28 players in February (including two junior college offensive linemen) and — in somewhat of a college football rarity — all 28 are academically qualified and enrolled.

“They fit in. They belong on this field, no doubt,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said.

“I’m sure as they learn what to do more consistently they’ll definitely [improve]. But I’m sure, from what you saw physically, there’s no doubt that there’s not one of those guys you’d throw back.”

That includes two former Miami Central High standouts — running back Dalvin Cook and defensive tackle Fredrick Jones. Cook, a consensus five-star prospect, has already worked his way into a rotation among FSU’s top three backs.

The class is big in numbers and physical size. Fisher and his staff placed an emphasis on offensive and defensive linemen, and signed seven of each. FSU’s seven first-year offensive linemen average 6-6, 310 pounds. And the freshman defensive linemen are an average of 6-4, 287 pounds.

“It’s probably the biggest group of freshmen we’ve had come in in a long time,” junior linebacker Terrance Smith said. “But, as a linebacker, I’m not complaining because we’ve got big D-linemen up in front of me.”

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