Feb. 7, 2013
As the dust settles on another successful National Signing Day for the Florida State football program and the Seminoles coaches get some rest after the typical hectic close to the end of the recruiting cycle, let's look at each individual signing over the course of the next few weeks.
First up is Jeremy Kerr out of St. Petersburg High School. The lone tight end signee of the class, Kerr stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 254.
He may look like an offensive tackle and has even played there some because of injuries and depth issues on his high school squad but Kerr comes to the 'Noles as a blocking specialist at the tight end position.
"This kid is 6-6, 255 pounds and you know when we go out looking for a tight end to play on the line of scrimmage and dominate that 'C gap' and set the edge on all of out outside zones," FSU tight ends coach Billy Napier said, "this guy can do it. And I think he's got the athletic ability to be a sufficient receiver too."
Kerr's addition to the roster bolsters a depth chart that lost one player this off-season when Will Tye elected to transfer to Stony Brook.
His signing also adds that much-needed blocking element to a roster that features four returning tight ends known more so for their pass-catching than their blocking skills. With Nick O'Leary, Kevin Haplea, Dan Hicks and Christo Kourtzidis all returning, Kerr's implementation into the competition gives the Seminoles a nice mix of talented players with complimenting skill sets.
"I think it's very important to have very, big physical tight ends and the point where you're running the ball and doing some things at the stretch and on the edge and you can match up physically," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "[Kerr] gives us some more physicality on that edge. The key is to put him on the edge and let him block. He fulfills that need."
Fisher admitted at his signing-day press conference that Kerr could eventually make the switch permanently to the offensive line but that "we're not looking at that right now."
Kerr was previously committed to Miami before opening switching vis pledge publicly to the Seminoles Jan. 23 on the heels of a Jan. 11 official visit to FSU's campus. His primary recruiter was 'Noles wide receiver Lawrence Dawsey.
"We are excited to get a chance to coach this young man," Napier said.