In the past few weeks, we’ve touched on many of the talented young freshman that will be wearing garnet and gold this fall, including Nick Waisome, Devonta Freeman, Jacob Coker, Tim Jernigan, Tyler Hunter, Kelvin Benjamin, Karlos Williams and Rashad Greene. Today we discuss one of the more uniquely gifted athletes in the 2011 recruiting class. Defensive Tackle Nile-Lawrence Stample is going to provide much needed depth and beef up front and is one of the three reasons Florida State’s DT class can be considered an absolute homerun.
What makes Lawrence-Stample’s physical ability so unique? Well he has excellent size for a major college football defensive tackle at 6’1, 300 lbs for one, but he also played tight end and middle linebacker during his sophomore and junior seasons of high school. He played both positions well I might add. He has unheard of speed and agility for his size and despite being a relative unknown at the time of his commitment last summer, the Nova HS product was rated a four star by three of the four major recruiting networks and a three star by the other. Both ESPN and 247 Sports felt he was one of the top 15 DT prospects in the entire country.
Weight: 300 lbs.
40 Time: 4.7
2011 Outlook: Possible RS candidate, could use the year to both mature physically as well as sharpen technique
Career Outlook: Potential to be a very good player and eventual starter on the interior line.
In 2011, it is not likely that Lawrence-Stample will be needed very much. His presence is still incredibly valuable in the short term and long term plan for the Seminoles. Last season FSU had well documented depth issues up front that would nearly derail what was an otherwise very impressive season for the improved defensive unit. Players that had performed well early in the season suffered aches and bruises as well as fatigue that severely hampered their production. In 2011, you can consider a guy like Nile Lawrence-Stample to be much needed insurance.
As his career progresses, Lawrence-Stample will move into a playing role and have the opportunity to flourish on the field. His unique and impressive physical talent is difficult to describe and appreciate, so I have to encourage everyone reading to watch his highlight video (found to your left). As of now, he is still rather raw in his technique and will have to learn to use his strength and explosion more consistently to his advantage at the college level. He is a player with loads of potential and should be well known before he leaves Tallahassee.
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