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Staff Predictions: National Signing Day

We’re on the eve of the 2017 National Signing Day. NoleGameDay will have full coverage as well as staff predictions for the players Florida State is still in the running for.

Currently, the Seminoles have 20 commits, including talented prospects like Cam Akers, Josh Kaindoh, D.J. Mathews, and a host of others. This class has FSU ranked #6 in the country on Rivals, #5 on ESPN, and #5 on 247. The Noles expect to sign around 25 players, and they are still in the running for some of the country’s top uncommitted recruits.

Here’s the players our staff thinks Florida State will close their class with.

– Marvin Wilson, defensive tackle, five star:

Logan Robinson: LSU 

Ethan Vaughan:  Florida State. FSU and LSU have been the top pair in this recruitment for the better part of the past year. FSU assistant Tim Brewster and Odell Haggins have done a fantastic job building a relationship with Wilson and getting him on campus multiple times. This recruitment is unbelievably tight as LSU has done a fantastic job as well. The tipping point in FSU’s favor is the fact that Wilson would probably prefer playing as a 3-tech in FSU’s scheme as opposed to a NT in LSU’s scheme.

Dustin Lewis: Florida State. He’s all about relationships and he has a great one with Odell Haggins. I think this one has been done for awhile.

Dakota Moyer: LSU

Ryan Stalder: FSU

Forrest Brewton: LSU

Fisher Adkins: LSU

– Neil Farrell, defensive line, three star:

Logan Robinson: FSU

Ethan Vaughan: FSU. The long time LSU commit took an official visit to FSU this past weekend and subsequently announced that he would be making a final decision on BSD which almost never goes well for the incumbent school. I predict that this big defensive tackle with elite upside will announce his decision to head to Florida’s capital tomorrow.

Dustin Lewis: Florida State. Farrell had a great time on his visit last weekend and brought down his entire family. They didn’t fly, they drove to Florida State. If that’s not a family who’s serious about a school, then I don’t know what is. He flips on signing day to become a Nole.

Dakota Moyer: FSU

Ryan Stalder: FSU

Forrest Brewton: LSU

Fisher Adkins: FSU

– Levi Jones, linebacker, four star:

Logan Robinson: FSU

Ethan Vaughan: FSU. Jones was a name that just started to become a possibility for FSU a couple of months ago. After securing a last weekend official visit FSU is in the drivers seat of this recruitment and he’ll end up in Tallahassee despite a late push from USC.

Dustin Lewis: Florida State. The Seminoles were able to secure the last visit and reportedly blew Jones away, that makes the difference.

Dakota Moyer: FSU

Ryan Stalder: FSU

Forrest Brewton: FSU

Fisher Adkins: FSU

– Leonard Warner, linebacker, four star:

Logan Robinson: FSU

Ethan Vaughan: FSU. Georgia filled up and FSU will use the distance factor to win out over Stanford for the big linebacker’s services.

Dustin Lewis: Florida State. Warner seemed headed for Georgia until the Bulldogs ran out of spots. It came down to FSU and Stanford, and it seems like his comfort with the staff and system will lead to him signing with the Noles.

Dakota Moyer: Stanford

Ryan Stalder: FSU

Forrest Brewton: FSU

Fisher Adkins: FSU

– Henry Ruggs, reciever, four star:

Logan Robinson: Alabama

Ethan Vaughan: Bama. FSU has done a great job getting involved with Ruggs in the last several months as Ruggs has climbed the recruit rankings. This recruitment is extremely close as well. I ultimately think he chooses to stay home and head to Tuscaloosa because the pressure to stay home in the Cotton State is real. I’ll believe an elite in-state WR passing on Bama when I see it. That being said FSU has done a good job  keeping their hat in the ring and I’d be surprised but not totally blindsided if FSU were to land him.

Dustin Lewis: Florida State. The Noles pull one of the best receivers in the nation from Alabama, it’s going to be a bit of a shocker. The Noles are trending up with Ruggs and they’ve stayed in constant contact with one another as signing day approaches.

Dakota Moyer: Alabama

Ryan Stalder: Alabama

Forrest Brewton: Alabama

Fisher Adkins: Alabama

– DeVonta Smith, receiver, four star:

Logan Robinson: Alabama

Ethan Vaughan: Alabama

Dustin Lewis: Alabama. Florida State will pull one of Ruggs or Smith in my opinion. FSU has a deeper relationship with Ruggs.

Dakota Moyer: Alabama

Ryan Stalder: Alabama

Forrest Brewton: Alabama

Fisher Adkins: Alabama

– BJ Thompson, athlete, two stars:

Logan Robinson: Baylor

Ethan Vaughan: Baylor

Dustin Lewis: Baylor. FSU can’t offer a full scholarship here, while Baylor can.

Dakota Moyer: FSU

Ryan Stalder: Baylor

Forrest Brewton: FSU

Fisher Adkins: Baylor

 

Dustin Lewis

Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.



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