FSU stays hot on the recruiting trail, as the ‘Noles picked up another commitment this weekend. 4-star DE Michael Barnett of South Carolina decided to become a ‘Nole after spending the weekend at the Jimbo Fisher Camp.
When watching Barnett’s film, the first thing that catches my attention is that he doesn’t do anything fancy; he’s just very good all-around. He can bend and get low and is very strong at the point of attack. He has an over-powering bull-rush and shows excellent ability and speed to get off the line. He can dominate in run-support, which explains his 31 tackles for loss as a junior.
I would compare his style of play to Mario Edwards, Jr.; he’s powerful, displays excellent ball pursuit, and has a high motor. Even when the ball is on the opposite side of the field, he’s still chasing it down. I would like to see more of his pass rush during his senior season, and I would also love for him to create more turnovers. If he can show more of those things, I think he could possibly push for that 5th star.
Overall, the ‘Noles landed a very good player, and one that has the ability to come in and play right away with Mario Edwards, Jr. possibly going pro after the 2014 season. According to Ryan Bartow of 247sports, he’s also a very good student and has an excellent work ethic.
Barnett chose Florida State over offers from Clemson, North Carolina State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Alabama and many others.