Feb. 27, 2013
Athletic and skilled enough that he could play — and excel — at both wide receiver and linebacker at Evans High School in Orland, Fla., Ro’Derrick Hoskins could potentially become a star at either position at Florida State.
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The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was given the opportunity to play either spot with the ‘Noles and decided to join a linebacker corps that will be adding a host of young, talented players this summer.
As one of five linebacker signees in 2013, Hoskins will be added to a depth chart that only has six returners so the competition will be fierce but the opportunity to earn immediate playing time is on the table.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher called Hoskins “smooth” in his National Signing Day press conference in early February and the fact that the young linebacker could succeed as a pass-catching wide receiver in high school offense illustrates that.
His speed and range from sideline to sideline will be a plus for the ‘Noles linebacker depth chart.
Defensively, he has a nose for the football and could line up at any one of the linebacker positions under his new position coach Charles Kelly at Florida State.
Hoskins was the very first prospect to commit to the Seminoles for the 2013 class when he gave a verbal pledge as a junior on Jan. 11, 2012.
Hoskins remained firm in that commitment but in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day there was concern expressed in the recruiting rumor mills that he might sign with Louisville after an official visit to the school Jan. 18.
In the end, however, Hoskins stayed true to his word and was the sixth new ‘Noles to fax his letter to the coaches on Feb. 6.
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