Merril Noel – 5-10/175 – CB – Pahokee, Fla. - Pahokee
The Skinny: Noel is a physical corner that is a gamer. He plays with a lot of confidence, he is not scared to jump routes, he does not back down from bigger receivers, and he is very competitive. He is very strong at the line of scrimmage in press coverage, but he needs to work on when he is playing off the line. Picking up zone coverages is something he will need to improve on at FSU. His size is somewhat of a liability, but he plays bigger than he really is. He is a strong tackler, he has very good recovery speed, and he has good ball skills. Overall, he is just a gamer and he will make the Noles better.
 

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
Monday June 22 was a huge day for Florida State recruiting. Three in-state prospects committed to the Seminoles and they all bring something different to the table. Find out what FSU is getting in each new commitment right here in Scout's take.
Scout's Take: New FSU Commitments
Here is what the Noles are getting in Barnes, Johnson, and Noel…
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Jun 24, 2009

Scout's Take: New FSU Commitments

DeJoshua Johnson

Monday June 22 was a huge day for Florida State recruiting. Three in-state prospects committed to the Seminoles and they all bring something different to the table. Find out what FSU is getting in each new commitment right here in Scout's take.

Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles went from three to six commitments in a matter of hours earlier this week.

They had been stuck on three commitments for just about three months until June 22 when not, not two, but three talented prospects out of the Sunshine State gave their pledge to the Noles.

Scout gives you their take on each new commitment here...

Breaking Down the new FSU Seminoles
Tavaris Barnes – 6-5/260 - DT – Jacksonville, Fla. – First Coast
The Skinny: The first thing that jumps out about Barnes is his athleticism. He moves very well for a guy at his size. He plays light on his feet, he can get up field quickly, and he pursues the ball well. He really needs to work on strength, playing lower, and getting off blocks. He uses his pure strength and size to throw smaller offensive linemen to the side now, but he will go against bigger and stronger linemen in the ACC. The size and athleticism is there and that can't be taught, so once he gets better fundamentally, the Noles could have themselves a good defensive lineman.
 
DeJoshua Johnson – 5-10/155 – WR – Pahokee, Fla. - Pahokee
The Skinny: Johnson is a wiry wide receiver that some may think is too small to play at Florida State. That is not true. He is slippery, he is cat-quick, and he is tough. Johnson does indeed need to add weight and get stronger, but he will take speed and elusiveness to Tallahassee. He is really dangerous in the open field and he has good hands as well. Route running, not getting jammed at the line, and blocking are things he'll need to work on when he gets to FSU, but he can help them early on reverses, returns on special teams, and quick passes.
 
Merril Noel – 5-10/175 – CB – Pahokee, Fla. - Pahokee
The Skinny: Noel is a physical corner that is a gamer. He plays with a lot of confidence, he is not scared to jump routes, he does not back down from bigger receivers, and he is very competitive. He is very strong at the line of scrimmage in press coverage, but he needs to work on when he is playing off the line. Picking up zone coverages is something he will need to improve on at FSU. His size is somewhat of a liability, but he plays bigger than he really is. He is a strong tackler, he has very good recovery speed, and he has good ball skills. Overall, he is just a gamer and he will make the Noles better.
 

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.