FSU returns four standouts on an ever-improving line that is now in need of a new starter at right tackle in the wake of Menelik Watson's early exit to the NFL Draft.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: offensive guard Ira Denson.
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.
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.
2013 OUTLOOK:Starting right guard who displays good agility and strength in helping hold down the interior of the line and enters his second year as a starter. One of four starters returning from an offensive line that helped an FSU offense in 2012 go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards. An outstanding blocker who played a key role in FSU's resurgent running game, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns.
2012: True sophomore who stepped into the starting lineup at right guard and proved to be one of the very best in the Atlantic Coast Conference...started all 14 games and boasts the second-highest season grade - 84.7 percent - among all offensive line...his 22 knockdown blocks rank third on the team, including three each against Murray State, USF, Boston College and Virginia Tech...posted the top grade among linemen in six games...made his 15th consecutive start in the Orange Bowl, which will be good for a share of the lead among offensive returnees in 2013.
2011: Played sparingly prior to making his first career start at right guard in the Champs Sports Bowl...played all 62 snaps in the bowl win over Notre Dame and did not allow a sack or pressure...doubled his season total of snaps against the Irish after managing just 31 in the previous seven games...missed the first five games of the season with a groin injury, but played in each of the last eight, primarily on special teams but also at guard...played 10 snaps on offense against Maryland after registering eight the previous week at Duke.
PERSONAL: Versatile big man who was recruited by a number of programs as both a defensive tackle and an offensive lineman...impressive physical specimen who has the frame and skill set that excites the coaching staff...garnered a three-star ranking from Rivals.com as a defensive tackle and carries a No. 60 national position rank...also ranked as the No. 78 overall player in talent-rich Georgia...Scout.com had Jackson rated as a three-star prospect at offensive guard...played his high school football at Wayne County for coach Jody Grooms...was a late bloomer in the recruiting world because he sat out his junior season with an injury...hails from the same school that produced former Seminoles' offensive tackle Tony Yeomans, who was part of FSU's heralded 1985 signing class...originally committed to Georgia Tech back...selected Florida State over Georgia, Alabama, Miami and NC State, though he also had offers from Florida, Rutgers, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern and Southern...born December 14, 1992.