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.
2013 OUTLOOK:Run-stopping tackle who was one of the top 10 players out of high school in Alabama. Explodes off the ball and displays great strength in engaging blockers and defending a gap well. Has done a nice job transforming his body to get ready to contribute to one of the deepest units on the defense. Enjoyed a good spring ball picking up the new defensive scheme put in place by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
2012: Redshirt season.
PERSONAL:Run-stopping tackle who is rated a four-star defensive lineman by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and a three-star by 247Sports...explodes off the ball and displays great strength in engaging blockers and defending a gap well...ranked the No. 7 player in state of Alabama, No. 10 defensive tackle and No. 51 player regionally by ESPN while also being listed No. 114 in the ESPNU150...totaled 54 tackles, including 10 for loss and 5.5 sacks as a senior...added 15 quarterback hurries and caught a touchdown pass as a tight end while helping Prattville to the Class 6A state championship...as a three-year starter, Prattville finished 33-8, advanced to the finals of the Class 6A playoffs twice, won the Class 6A Region Four title twice, going 16-2 in region play... earned a No. 22 final ranking in the USA Today High School Poll in 2011...No. 6 on the The Birmingham News 2012 Super Seniors List...selected Prattville High School's first U.S. Army All-American and took part in the bowl playing for the West team...No. 18 on the Mobile Register's Elite 18 List of Prospects...named to the Elmore-Autauga Super Football Team by the Montgomery Advertiser and Prattville Progress...named Class 5A-6A All-Metro by the Advertiser...earned ASWA Class 6A All-State honors as a senior...recorded 65 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior... listed as the No. 10 defensive tackle, No. 5 player in the state and No. 135 on the Rivals Top 250...10th-rated defensive tackle by Scout and No. 18 player in the state and No. 39 defensive tackle by 247Sports...chose FSU State over Auburn and Tennessee.