To start off the New Year, people across the globe make “New Year’s resolutions.” These resolutions, or changes, are made to help improve one’s life. At Florida State University, the football program makes resolutions every year to better the program through the addition of new recruits. This year, FSU received new resolutions from the 2016 recruiting class ahead of schedule as six recruits decided to enroll early.
An “early enrollee” is a student athlete that graduates early from high school, and enrolls at a university for the spring semester. This allows recruits to start college early and to be able to participate in spring practice with their team. Early enrollees do miss out on their last semester of high school, but they gain added training and coaching, which could result into early playing time.
Coach Jimbo Fisher has six new talented players to add to the roster and some of these players may play an integral role next season.
Malik Henry* (QB) (Long Beach, Calif.) (ESPN-5 star; Rivals – 4 star):
Hailed as the next big time quarterback under Jimbo Fisher, Malik Henry faces a lot of expectations coming into this season. Henry is a dual threat quarterback that has a strong arm. Henry is an accurate passer that looks to throw before running. However, when he does take off, Henry is quite mobile in open space. Unlike the freshman phenom that preceded Henry in Jameis Winston, Henry has more of a slight frame and needs to put on muscle. At Henry’s current size, he will not be able to stand strong against hits he might take. Coming in early for spring practice is huge for Henry’s development because with FSU’s most experienced quarterback, Sean Maguire, out for the entire spring, Henry will be able to gain more reps in practice. If Henry comes in and learns Coach Fisher’s offense, then he may be able to challenge Maguire and redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois for the starting job.
Watch Malik Henry’s highlights here:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gUVI3gglkc (Commitment Video)
Andrew Boselli* (G/C) (Jacksonville, FL) (ESPN- 3 star; Rivals- 3 star)
Boselli is the son of former Jacksonville Jaguar offensive tackle Tony Boselli. FSU Offensive line coach Rick Trickett will look to use Boselli along the interior of the offensive line at either guard or center. Boselli doesn’t figure to garner any early playing time, but he could provide solid depth. Injuries are sometimes a factor along the offensive line so developing players such as Boselli is important.
Watch Andrew Boselli’s highlights here:
Janarius Robinson* (DE) (Panama City, FL.) (ESPN- 4 star; Rivals- 4 star)
Janarius Robinson is a raw prospect that many fans have high expectations for, but those may need to be reeled back. Robinson is a 6’5, 253 pound defensive end that is still developing as a pass rusher. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing will work with Robinson constantly to help develop him. Janarius may not be ready to hit the field immediately, but he has a high upside. With a frame and body type that can sustain muscle and weight gain, Robinson will benefit from being able to have access to FSU weight room facilities. Look for Robinson to also be the beneficiary of some wisdom from senior defensive end Demarcus Walker and from sophomore phenom Josh Sweat.
Watch Janarius Robinson’s highlights here:
Cedric Wood* (DT) (Tallahassee , FL.) (ESPN- 4 star; Rivals- 4 star)
One of Florida State’s earliest commitments, Cedric Wood is a defensive tackle that is a Tallahasee local, going to Godby High School. Wood is a talented interior player, but he will have to really impress if he wants to earn playing time as players such as Derrick Nnadi, Demarcus Christmas, and other more experienced players are ahead of Wood on the depth chart. Coach Odell Haggins will love having a player with the upside that Wood does on the roster.
Watch Cedric Wood’s highlights here:
Walvenski Aime* (DT) (Boca Raton, FL.) (JUCO; ESPN- 4 star; Rivals- 3 star)
Originally hailing from Florida, Walvenski Aime spent two years at a community college in Kansas. From his defensive tackle position, Aime had 41 tackles, five tackles for loss, and a two sacks last season. Aime dominated his competition last season and earned the attention from big time programs such as Alabama. However, Aime will have to work even harder at FSU as he will face players that can match his strength and athleticism.
Watch Walvenski Aime’s highlights here:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcQCUPhWfYg (high school highlights)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcL189EvfK0 (signing video)
Josh Brown* (DE/OLB) (Charlotte, NC.) (ESPN- 4 star; Rivals- 4 star)
Josh Brown is listed as a defensive end, but he has shown that he has a natural ability to play in space. This may result in him being a stand up pass rusher from the outside linebacker position. Brown will most likely be used similarly to current FSU defensive starter, Jacob Pugh, who rushes the passer but also provides help in coverage in defensive coordinator Charles Kelly’s scheme. Josh Brown may be able to gain early playing time as the linebacker position lost two starters in Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup. Brown was all over the field at the Under Armour All-American game making several tackles and forcing a fumble. If Brown can continue his positive play then don’t be surprised if he sees the field early.
Watch Josh Brown’s highlights here:
Ricky Aguayo* (K) (ESPN- 3 star; Rivals- 3 star)
Ricky Aguayo is the younger brother of the Lou Groza winner, and the best kicker in Florida State history, Roberto Aguayo. Ricky will come in as the starter at kicker for the Seminoles. Being able to come in early is critical for Ricky as he needs to improve his leg strength before he has to take the field in the fall. According to his brother, Ricky is farther along at this point than Roberto was. Ricky may not be ready to kick extremely long field goals, but the Under Armour All-American is very accurate. It will be interesting to see how Ricky deals with the pressure of being a starting place kicker, and with following in the footsteps of former Noles and current NFL kickers Graham Gano, Dustin Hopkins, and his brother Roberto.
Watch Ricky Aguayo’s highlights here:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OO9T8KvvuE (Interview with Ricky)