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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Scouts' Take: FSU scores Featherston

By Craig Haubert

On New Year's Eve, the Seminoles grabbed their top overall and offensive commit in running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central). FSU then got 2014 kick-started by securing their top defensive pledge with a commitment from defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page). Read on to see what our scouts think of head coach Jimbo Fisher's latest addition:

What he brings: The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Featherston is a towering defensive end prospect whose best football is still ahead of him. He has a long, lean build and will need continued physical development to further fill out his frame. While lean and lacking a prototypical anchor to set the edge at this stage, he can be surprisingly tough in a phone booth when keeps his pads down, which he demonstrates he can do. Has good upside as a pass rusher as he continues to learn to utilize his hands and wingspan.

How he fits: We don’t see an immediate impact player in Featherston and believe some developmental time could benefit him greatly. With some youth on the FSU roster, he could get some time to further develop. Once he adds some needed mass, he can fit well as he possesses the tools to be an active and tough run defender as well be able to cause trouble as a pass rusher.

Reminds us of: The ESPN 300 defender reminds us of BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi. Both possess immense stature, good athleticism for their size, the ability to play with pad level and be tough, active defenders. Kaufusi was a little further along at this stage, as he is a coach's kid and carried some more bulk on his frame, but the promising Featherston is arguably a little more explosive and has a higher ceiling for development.

How the class is shaping up: While Florida State prepares to play for the national championship, they are also enjoying success on the recruiting trail. Already with a top-10 class, they add their second ESPN 300 prospect in as many days. With Cook and Featherston on board, the Seminoles now have 11 ESPN 300 prospects committed. With Featherston, they add another strong piece to a good front-seven haul that also includes linebackers Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic).