Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Lake City (Fla.) defensive tackle Tim Jernigan has been a difficult recruit for recruitniks to read, seeming at various times to be headed to either Florida State, or Florida, or LSU, or even Michigan. But the wait and speculation is over: Jernigan has announced that he will join Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee, turning down runner-up LSU.
Jernigan represents a huge addition for the Seminole defensive line, both in terms of size -- he checks in at a well-built 6'2" and 275 pounds -- and in terms of his talent; Maxpreps lists him as the nation's No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 41 prospect overall. Though Jernigan may have to add a little more weight to become a top-of-the-line run stopper, he plays with superior aggressiveness that puts his impressive raw athleticism to maximum use. (If you're watching CBS College Sports, you just heard Rich Rodriguez call Jernigan the most powerful interior lineman he saw in high school this year.)
Jernigan's decision is just one more feather in Fisher's well-decorated 2011 cap. The Seminoles entered today with the nation's second-best class and even after missing on Tony Steward, don't look like they're going to be backsliding. Between Jernigan and players like safety Karlos Williams, the glory days of the Mickey Andrews 1990s defenses may be back sooner than anticipated.
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