Florida State has added four-star offensive tackle Roderick Johnson to its 2014 recruiting class. He is ranked as the No. 12 tackle in the country (247Sports) and is also the second-ranked player from the state of Missouri.
Johnson had his pick of the litter, with Ohio State and Alabama also recruiting him hard. Standing at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, the offensive tackle gave these schools a good reason to drool over him. The Seminoles felt confident in landing Johnson, but it was never a lock—which makes sense due to Urban Meyer and Nick Saban being in the mix.
His frame alone adds value to any college football program, but this guy can play. Johnson possesses great strength and is a highly-rated run blocker. He possesses great flexibility for a man of his stature, which will only help in his development into a premier program. He’ll have to adjust to the speed on edge in college, but that will come with time. Johnson is raw talent at the moment, so the sky is the limit for him.
Although Johnson is one of the best offensive tackles in the country, there’s a good chance that he’ll have to wait his turn for Florida State. The Seminoles return seven upperclassmen to its offensive line and is also bringing in two junior college prospects. I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson decides to redshirt his freshmen season, but he also has a chance to compete for a second-team spot.
Whether Johnson is protecting star quarterback Jameis Winston next season or the quarterback in waiting, expect him to make an impact in these upcoming years.