Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Florida State Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel (3) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2012 ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 21-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting: Jimbo finds his quarterback for 2014


Sept 8, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jacob Coker (14) throws the ball during the second half of the game against the Savannah State Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, Jimbo Fisher has found his prototype at quarterback and CC Cosentino is the seventh commitment of the 2014 class.  Let’s just call him lucky seven.

Why is he lucky?  Well, because his only other offer at the moment is from Akron.  Don’t let that scare you, however.  Because JJ Cosentino tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), he comes with (1) not as much game experience as his peers and (2) risks involved with the health of his knee.

Don’t worry

There are two things that should make you feel better, however.  The first is that JJ comes from a high school that produces elite quarterbacks and has been doing so for many years.  The most notable of those quarterbacks was some guy named Dan Marino.  He did alright in the NFL.  Another notable quarterback was Marc Bulger who had on-and-off success in the NFL but was heralded at West Virginia.

Pedigree

The second fact that should make you feel better is that he also comes from the same high school as Sal Sunseri, FSU’s defensive ends coach.  Not that Sal is any sort of expert in quarterbacks (he only knows how to get to the quarterback, not how to develop one), but Sal has first-hand knowledge of the type of player and person JJ Cosentino is.  We can truly thank Sal for this commitment.

Comparisons

Cosentino reminds me of Christian Ponder.  Cosentino is a little bigger, but he’s less athletic than Christian.  Neither have exceptionally strong arms, but are accurate and can make all of their throws.  Further, both do well under center and have the leadership qualities to run an offense.

He also reminds us of Jacob Coker.  A bit unheralded and underrated.  Coker was not highly recruited until FSU came around.  Not too long after, Alabama offered Coker, but it was too little, too late.  Similarly, we expect Cosentino to receive more offers as time passes.  It will be all for naught, however, as we expect…

Odds he sticks

While FSU suffered defections in its last recruiting cycle, we expect FSU to hold onto most of its 2014 class, including Cosentino.  Jimbo is a very well respected quarterbacks coach and the ties to Sunseri are too strong to break.  Cosentino will be FSU’s quarterback of the future.

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