Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Looking back on the 2010 ESPNU 150
By Heather Dinich
They were the best 150 recruits in the nation last season, according to ESPN Recruiting, and 18 of them committed to ACC schools, including eight of whom chose Florida State. Some of them have already made an impact while others either haven't been afforded that opportunity or haven't earned it.
Here's a look back at the ACC's 2010 ESPNU 150 recruits:
Biggest impact: North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst: He was rated the No. 87 player overall and No. 4 at his position, and he has lived up to the billing. As a true freshman, Hurst played in all 13 games and started the final 12 games of the regular season at left tackle. He played 845 snaps and graded out with a team-high 83 percent. He was third on the team with 33 knockdown blocks and was in on all 72 offensive plays in the win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
Jury's still out (has played, but hasn't quite broken out): Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner. He made a successful transition from cornerback to his natural position of safety this spring, and could emerge as a starter there. He played in all 14 games last season as a true freshman and finished with 23 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception. He also made an impact on kickoff returns and added five returns for 74 yards at Oklahoma and four returns for 112 yards in the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech.
Worth watching (hasn't played or redshirted last season): Florida State receiver Christian Green. The Seminoles should be deep at the receiver position this season with the return of Bert Reed, Taiwan Easterling, Willie Haulstead and Rodney Smith, but the staff is looking for more from younger players like Green. ESPN Recruiting ranked him the No. 9 athlete in his class and No. 53 overall. With a first-year starting quarterback in EJ Manuel, the more dependable receivers FSU can find, the better for Manuel.