May 7, 2007

First Coast prospects impress

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's no secret that there is plenty of Division I-A talent at First Coast High School for the Class of 2008. During Monday afternoon's practice session, that talent was on display.

Before Monday, there was little doubt that Florida State linebacker commit Nigel Carr was quick off the ball and could move well in a straight line for a 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker. There also was little doubt that he had the size to have excellent potential at the collegiate level.

Monday afternoon, Carr showed off advanced lateral movement ability and showed he was excellent in coverage. It validated Carr as a complete player and showed that he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with fellow Florida State commit Nigel Bradham, and the South Florida trio of Marcus Robinson, Etienne Sabino and Jordan Futch, when talking about the state of Florida's top linebacker prospect for this year's class.

Carr also is a charismatic leader. He encourages his teammates and it's clear that everyone has his respect. There was not one play Monday afternoon where he didn't go 100 percent.

Carr spoke about his decision to become a Nole and how he is trying to help Florida State put together a great recruiting class.

"We want to get it back to where it was in the 90s," he said. "All of us. We all know what it means to be a Nole."

Running back Jermaine Thomas is another Florida State commit on the First Coast roster. Thomas is quick, agile and has an excellent set of hands. This may prompt time in the slot or in an all-purpose running back type of role during his time in college.

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