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Florida State Summer Recruiting – Offense

Summer is nearly upon us, which means that the Florida State coaching staff will be hitting the recruiting trail hard to catch up with potential recruits and targets. The summer months also means that dozens upon dozens of high school recruits will converge in Tallahassee for the annual camps that Florida State will host. This will be a great opportunity for coaches to build upon pre-existing relationships with players and their families, as well as a prime time to put the finishing touches on a commitment.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the current state of Florida State’s 2018 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball as well as who they might be targeting to fill potential needs.

Quarterback

Currently, Florida State does not have a quarterback committed for the 2018 class. They have offered six quarterbacks in total, including Clemson commit and No. 1 overall prospect Trevor Lawrence and UCLA commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

Florida State’s top target on their board appears to be Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Georgia), a five-star quarterback who is currently committed to Penn State. Fields visited Florida State’s campus briefly when he was in town for a 7v7 tournament, but has yet to make an extended visit. Getting him on campus for a summer camp is key here. If he visits, it is clear that he has an interest in the Seminoles. Fields is also being pursued by Florida and Georgia, and the Nittany Lions will work hard to keep him in the fold as well.

The Seminoles also recently offered three-star quarterback Jace Ruder (Norton, Kansas). Expect one or two more offers to be thrown out there during the summer camps as well. Jimbo Fisher usually zeroes in on a target after seeing him throw in camp, so after the summer is when we’ll have a better understanding of what their board looks like.

Running Back

Despite signing the best running back class in the country in 2017, Florida State has not slowed down on the recruiting trail at all with this year’s class. The Seminoles currently hold commitments from four-star James Cook (Miami, FL), three-star Jashaun Corbin (Melbourne, FL), and three-star Charles Strong (Lake Butler, FL).

Cook’s relationship with Florida State is well known by now as Seminoles’ fans watched his older brother tear up ACC defenses for the past three years. Despite taking unofficial visits to Georgia and Miami, Cook’s commitment to the Seminole seems firm.

With Cook, Corbin and Strong in the fold, the Seminoles can’t realistically target more running backs without dropping someone in the current class. With only two seniors departing after this season, the Seminoles could enter 2018 with as many as nine running backs on their roster. Talk about depth.

Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is a big area of need for the Seminoles, as they enter the 2017 season with only seven players under scholarship at the position. With players like Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate also being draft-eligible, the Seminoles need to restock at this position.

Despite having no current commits, Florida State has put themselves in a good position for multiple prospects. Four-star Joshua Moore (Bradenton, FL) hails from IMG Academy, a school that Florida State has had a good amount of success at in recent years. Five-star Brennan Eagles (Houston, TX) is from an area of Texas where Florida State pulled DT Marvin Wilson and LB Dontavious Jackson recently, but it seems like every school is chasing the Longhorns for his services.

Other names on their board include four-star Jaylen Waddle (Bellaire, TX), who attends the same school as Wilson did, and four-star Warren Thompson (Seffner, FL). Getting some of these players in for summer camps is key, as it will let the coaching staff know who really has an interest in the school. Florida State has offered 20 wide receivers so far, so they know that their board has to expand if current top targets look elsewhere.

Tight End

With only one graduating senior and five returning players, tight end might be one of the deepest units on the team. The Seminoles landed a pair of talented players last year in Alexander Marshall and Tre’ McKitty, so they won’t be pressured this year to land a top target. They have offered some of the biggest names at the position, including Brevin Jordan (Las Vegas, NV – committed to Miami) and Zack Kuntz (Camp Hill, PA – committed to Penn State), but the summer months will tell us a lot more about who they really think they have a shot at.

Offensive Line

Offensive line is another position where Florida State needs to have good success at this year. Despite only one graduating senior, they can probably expect some attrition at this position if some of the younger guys earn starting jobs. After only signing one lineman last year, they need some bodies at the position.

Florida State currently holds a commitment from one lineman, four-star guard Christian Meadows (Montezuma, GA). They are also in it for another guard, four-star Trey Hill (Warner Robins, GA), but it seems that they will be chasing Georgia for his services. Other guards they have offered include four-star Curtis Dunlap (Bradenton, FL) and four-star Tank Jenkins (Montgomery, AL).

At the tackle position, the most likely addition seems to be four-star Christian Armstrong (Warner Robins, GA), who has visited Florida State multiple times in the past. They have also offered four-star William Barnes (Apopka, FL), four-star Richard Gouriage (Tampa, FL) and four-star Nana Asiedu (Stafford, VA – committed to Penn State). Interestingly, but maybe not a real priority, the Seminoles have also offered the massive 6-8, 400-pound lineman from IMG Academy, Daniel Faalele. Faalale might not sign with FSU, but it’s fun to imagine a 400-pound human being in the garnet and gold. Do they even make jerseys that big?

Dakota Moyer
Florida State student and writer for NoleGameday.

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