Every now and then, there’s a player or two that comes into a class and is somewhat overshadowed by others that play his position. One of those for the FSU 2011 class is undoubtedly RB Eric Beverly out of First Coast High School in Jacksonville. With all the excitement surrounding the talented Devonta Freeman and the physical phenom James Wilder Jr., Beverly is often overlooked. He was the first back to commit to FSU for the 2011 class and he stuck firm to that pledge despite battling a torn acl and of course the prospect of competing with a loaded roster.
Beverly’s injury caused his stock to take a huge hit. After performing like a high three star to low four star prospect throughout most of high school career, the setback squashed any chances he had of proving he was worthy of higher ranking. He was graded a three star prospect by all four recruiting services, but overall his skillset is really quite valuable. He is what can be considered an all-purpose back. He is highly effective catching the ball out of the backfield, has decent to good speed and oustanding balance with a low center of gravity.
Weight: 220 lbs.
2011 Outlook: Special Teams contributor
Career Outlook: Could slide back and forth between FB and HB, very versatile utility type of back.
The likelihood of Beverly seeing the field on offense in 2011 is rather slim barring really bad injury luck. The depth chart is simply stacked against him at this point. He will likely be in the game to help out on kick off coverage, as virtually every skill player earns their stripes there.
There is a lot of speculation as to both where and whether or not Beverly really fits into the picture long term at Florida State. He enters in 2011 when FSU returns three backs that have experience and will play, accompanied by two other backs that are considered more talented and will be followed in 2012 by another stud running back prospect. It is possible that he could be used in a similar role to that of Lonnie Pryor, which is definitely one of great importance to Jimbo Fisher’s offense. At 5’9, 220 lbs, he is quite the load and carries it extremely well. His ability with the ball in his hands is overlooked at times, but you can look for yourself at his highlights. The question will be how well he responds to the competition he has no choice but to face. It can’t be taken away from him that he already had the opportunity to run from it by committing to another school . . . he did not.
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