Florida State Football: 5 breakout freshmen to watch in 2018

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Florida State will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2017 season. With a new coach taking the reins, there are plenty of opportunities for immediate playing time for the incoming freshmen.

Florida State’s first class under new head coach Willie Taggart wasn’t quite as highly-ranked as Noles fans were used to under Jimbo Fisher. Given the difficulties of recruiting with a first-year coach, though — particularly with the new early signing period — Taggart’s staff still did quite well to piece together a class that ranked 11th in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.

Here are five members of that class who look best suited to earn significant snaps in 2018.

Woodbey was a huge get for Taggart and company. The high four-star prospect flipped from Ohio State to FSU in the early signing period, and is the highest-ranked commit in the Noles’ class and the fourth-ranked safety in the nation.

To top it all off, he enrolled early and is already on campus. He’s been turning heads in the spring, with his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame and above-average tackling ability allowing him to contribute in several positions across the secondary.

Perhaps the biggest sign that Woodbey is destined for great things? He’ll be wearing number 20 for the Noles — the same number as former All-American and FSU defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. He’s expected to see the field early and often this fall, and it should be the beginning to a remarkable career in the garnet and gold.