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 OUTLOOK:Third-year defensive lineman, who was hit by the injury bug early on in his FSU career. Displays good hips and a good first-step. Despite missing some of spring practice in 2012 with a knee injury, exited spring in the mix at one of the interior tackle spots on a very deep and talented unit. Returned to that form this spring and spent most of the time as one of the first team defensive tackles. Expected to be a big contributor in 2013.
2012: Sat out the season after recovering from a back injury.
2011: Redshirt season...recognized for his work in the classroom with one of six freshman academic awards at the annual team banquet.
PERSONAL: A quick defensive tackle, listed as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...considered to have great hips and an outstanding first step...ranked as the No. 20 defensive tackle and the No. 233 player nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 28 defensive tackle by Scout.com...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 7 defensive tackle and the No. 98 player nationally by 247Sports...a standout at First Coast High School where he was a teammate of fellow Seminole Eric Beverly...First Team All-First Coast defensive lineman by Florida Times-Union as a senior...posted stunning numbers with 17.5 sacks and 89 tackles, including 42 for loss, while forcing four fumbles...named second team 5A All-State as a junior when he helped his team reach the state playoffs...No. 97 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the state...rated the No. 18 overall defensive tackle by ESPN...rated No. 45 in the Gainesville Sun's top 50 seniors list for the state of Florida...No. 26 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...Mitchell's father, also named Derrick Mitchell, lettered in basketball for the Seminoles in 1988 and 1989...February 1, 1993.