Florida State lost a handful of NFL talent on the defensive line this off-season but the 'Noles boast a roster full of potential stars ready to step up in their absence.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor breaks down FSU's returning defensive players and looks at the 'Noles' needs on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary heading into National Signing Day 2013.
Halfway through the season, Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks at the what each of the freshmen, redshirt freshman and junior-college transfers have done for the 'Noles.
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Big, physical defensive end, who was starting to earn playing time at the start of the 2012 season before suffering a season-ending injury. Displays good pass rushing skills and a good ability to play the run as he will compete for a starting spot this spring.
2012: Redshirt season...played in games against Savannah State and Wake Forest, before suffering a season-ending injury...recorded one tackle against Wake Forest.
PERSONAL:Rated as the 23rd-best player in the 2012 class by ESPNU...Under Armour All-American...top 50 ranking nationally by Rivals (36) and 247Sports (49)...ESPNU 150 member...consensus top 10 prospect at defensive end...ESPN and Rivals has him as the nation's No. 3 DE, Scout has him at No. 7 and 247Sports at No. 8...five-star recruit from Scout...four-star prospect according to Rivals and 247Sports...ranked in the top five in Alabama by ESPN (2), Rivals (3) and 247Sports (5)...another key recruit for the Seminoles from Mobile...joins 2011 signee Jacob Coker as the second straight FSU recruit out of Mobile...played tight end and defensive end in high school but has told FSU coaches he would like to play on the defensive side of the ball at FSU...dominated at the Tallahassee NFTC vying for MVP honors...ran a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.29 in the 20-yard shuttle and has a 29.9 vertical jump...compiled 50 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior at Faith Academy...also made 22 catches for 408 yards...transferred to Mobile Davidson High School to make sure he would graduate and play football at the next level...as a result he had to sit out his entire senior season... stayed very involved with Davidson's football team and became known as "Coach Casher" by the players due to the contributions he made to the team off the field...lifted weights at night and on the weekends to stay in shape...played his first football game in over a year at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game...also played basketball...father was a Florida State fan when Casher was growing up...cousin of former Auburn All-SEC corner Larry Casher...chose Florida State as a junior over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee among others.