Florida State got a much-needed addition to the trenches Monday night with the commitment D’Mitri Emmanuel.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman will transfer from Charlotte where he had a prior relationship with now Seminole offensive coordinator Alex Atkins, who also came to FSU by way of Charlotte.
Emmanuel brings with him a host of experience recording 24 consecutive starts across three seasons with the 49ers. He is also a versatile player with starts at left guard as well as left and right tackle.
In both the 2019 and 2020 seasons, Emmanuel made the Phil Steele All Conference USA Third Team. He also helped anchor a Charlotte offensive line that led the Conference USA in rushing yards and only allowed 1.62 Sacks per game in 2019. The former 3-star offensive lineman signed with Charlotte after a solid career at Marvin Ridge H.S. in Waxhaw North Carolina.
FSU fans are always excited to hear about landing offensive lineman, but just incase you needed another reason Emmanuel was also being pursued by in state rival Miami.
D’Mitri Emmanuel has a chance at becoming an immediate contributor for the Seminoles. I believe he likely projects as a guard for FSU but has experience at tackle too.
In my brief review of his film, Emmanuel looked good albeit against lesser competition than he will be facing with the Seminoles. Things that stood out to me were a strong initial push, climbs to the next level of the defense well, and was good in pass protection.
The main questions will be, How does he perform against power 5 level competition, and can he make an impact for FSU?
Overall, I feel Emmanuel was a good take for FSU. Check out the video at the end of this article for our full breakdown on the addition.
One of our concerns this season was lack of quality depth and how quickly things could go sideways with an injury up front. Emmanuel helps solve that issue for FSU. Even if he does not start, he could be a strong 6th or 7th man in the rotation.
Emmanuel could start at guard, allowing Darius Washington to slide out to tackle opposite of Robert Scott. We still are not sure if Bless Harris will develop into the other starting tackle or not, in which case Emmanuel may become a key depth piece at that point.
Either way, getting this commitment really helps solidify the group and at least gives you quality depth and options for this up coming season. Emmanuel had a Pro Football Focus grade of 69 overall and 76 on Pass blocking.
I doubt the FSU staff is finished in the portal just yet, but this is a good pickup at a position group that needed it.
Thanks for reading and Go Noles!
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