TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Make it two major publications that consider Derwin James the best college football player in the country.
ESPN.com on Tuesday morning named James, Florida State’s redshirt sophomore safety, No. 1 on its list of the top 50 players in the land.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after Sports Illustrated placed James atop its countdown of the nation’s top 100 players.
“Perhaps the most versatile player in college football, expectations for James are skyrocketing after an offseason spent rehabbing his knee and learning nearly every position on defense,” ESPN.com wrote. “Expect him to line up at his usual safety spot, while also playing cornerback, linebacker and some defensive end.”
A panel of 20 ESPN.com writers, including familiar names like Mark Schlabach, Ivan Maisel and Phil Steele, voted on the list.
James is one of five Seminoles to appear. Joining him are quarterback Deondre Francois (No. 11), defensive end Josh Sweat (No. 24), cornerback Tarvarus McFadden (No. 25) and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (No. 50).
The Seminoles begin preseason camp on Tuesday afternoon.
Seminoles in ESPN’s top 50:
1) DB Derwin James, RSo.
11) QB Deondre Francois, RSo.
24) DE Josh Sweat, Jr.
25) CB Tarvarus McFadden, Jr.
50) DT Derrick Nnadi, Sr.
View the full list here.