If FSU is getting bigger, stronger and deeper at defensive end, than the same is true at defensive tackle where Shanks joins the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle prospect, Eddie Williams.
At 6-foot-3 and 300-plus pounds, Shanks -- another Alabama native that the 'Noles plucked from the Yellowhammer state -- fits the mold of the transition that has taken place at that position the last few years in Tallahassee. Quick, undersized defensive tackles are a thing of the past for the 'Noles. Instead, the Shanks, Goldmans, Timmy Jernigans and Cameron Ervings of the world are the new wave of bull rushers in Florida's capitol city.
Date publicly committed to FSU: July 27, 2011