Florida State's four-player quarterback battle takes center stage Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
It's a spring of moving parts in FSU's secondary where new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will tinker with a lineup that is missing Tyler Hunter, Nick Waisome and Ronald Darby because of injury and now features Lamarus Joyner at cornerback.
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.
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Third-year cornerback prospect who has great size and athleticism. Gained valuable reps going with the first team defense the majority of last spring. Heads into the fall competing for a starting job at corner, which was left open with the early departure of Xavier Rhodes.
2012: Redshirt freshman defensive back who played in 13 games in the secondary and on special teams...tallied nine tackles and one pass breakup...registered a career-high three solo tackles in the season opener against Murray State...added two tackles in the win over Savannah State.
2011: Redshirt season
PERSONAL: Three-star cornerback with great size and athleticism, who also could play safety...ranked the No. 34 best cornerback by Rivals.com and No. 28 safety by Scout.com...rated a four-star prospect and the No. 14 safety by 247Sports...as a senior posted 64 tackles, one interception and blocked three field goals...selected to the Under Armour All-American team...No. 60 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 5 overall safety...No. 58 on Bill Buchalter's 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel...No.40 on the SuperPrep Florida 110...member of the Florida Times-Union's Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 5 cornerback...selected first team all-area defensive back by TCPalm...Scout.com's Mike Bakas rated Smith as the No. 55 player in Florida in the Post-Season Top 100...rated No. 16 in the Gainesville Sun's top 50 seniors list for the state of Florida...chosen by ESPN760 as the No. 6 player in the 10 players to watch in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast...at age 14 won not only a national but international title at the prestigious Hershey's National Track and Field Championship in Hershey, Pa., winning the boys age 13-14 standing long jump competition with jumps of 9 feet, 5 1/4 inches (national) and 9-4 1/4 (international) to be the first national champ in the 17-year history of Fort Pierce's Sheraton Plaza Track Club...born January 1, 1983.