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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
FSU instant impact recruits

By Corey Dowlar

NoleNation takes a look at 10 prospects -- committed or uncommitted -- that could make an immediate impact at Florida State next season.

LB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
HT/WT: 6-foot-3/243 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 36
Not only is Daub one of the top prospects in the state of Florida, he's also going to be an early enrollee. He has been to Tallahassee numerous times since he committed to get familiar with the personnel and coaches. Signs point to him playing in year one.

Kain Daub
Need and athleticism ought to get linebacker Kain Daub on the field early in Tallahassee.
WR Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis)
HT/WT: 6-2/180
ESPN 300 rank: 145
Florida State's receiving corps is deep entering the 2013 season. But 2014 might look a lot different if a couple of players leave early for the professional ranks. Pack has the ability to fill a lot of roles for the Seminoles' offense and could do so early in his career.

WR Ryan Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona)
HT/WT: 6-0/177
ESPN 300 rank: NR
Sousa doesn't do a lot of things that really grab everyone's attention, but he plays with a high level of consistency. Should the Seminoles lose a couple of underclassmen to the NFL, he could step into a slot role and be counted upon early.

TE Mavin Saunders (Houston/Kinkaid School)
HT/WT: 6-5/233
ESPN 300 rank: NR
Regardless of Nick O'Leary's plans, Florida State still will have Christo Kourtzidis and Kevin Haplea on campus. Haplea's ACL injury and redshirt season will give Saunders some time to grow, but he will probably be needed if O'Leary were to leave early.

DE Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)
HT/WT: 6-3/258
ESPN 300 rank: NR
McClain won't need to put on additional mass to be a factor at the next level. He moves well and has athleticism to spare. He most likely will be in the rotation from the beginning and could be an ideal 3-4 defensive end if FSU chooses to switch things up.

OT Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike)
HT/WT: 6-7, 336
ESPN 300 rank: NR
Offensive linemen always have a challenge breaking in during their first season, and when they do, they sometimes struggle. But Frith is built well from the ground up, like Coach Trickett likes, and has a shot to make the top two on the depth chart at one of the offensive tackle spots.

S Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia)
HT/WT: 6-0/193
ESPN 300 rank: NR
Marshall is one of the fish yet to be caught for Florida State, but he's likely to pick Florida State over Ole Miss at The Opening. Marshall will add depth to a veteran-laden safety group for defenisve coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

OT Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)
HT/WT: 6-5/286
ESPN 300 rank: 18
Like the other offensive tackle prospects, Prince shouldn't be penciled in as a starter right off the bat. He has great size and athleticism that would lead many to believe he should be able to crack the top two on a depth chart at tackle. Prince is undeclared at this moment but is heavily considering FSU.

LB Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby)
HT/WT: 6-4/224
ESPN 300 rank: 107
Pugh stayed with the local team and committed to Florida State during the spring. His size, speed and length will get him on the field in some capacity straight away. At the very least, he should be able to contribute on special teams.

OT Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central)
HT/WT: 6-6/320
ESPN 300 rank: 139
Johnson, like Frith and Prince, would be fighting for a spot in the upper echelons of Florida State's depth chart if he chose to sign there. The Seminoles will face stiff resistance for him from Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Johnson visited Tallahassee last week.