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FSU Weekend Preview: Official’s and Junior Day Tidbits

This upcoming weekend is going to be geared more towards the 2020 class but that doesn’t mean the coaches are slowing down on their close for #Tribe19. Only four official visitors and are expected but the number could grow to six including a crucial unofficial visitor. I’ll break down the #Tribe19 class first.

John Rhys Plumlee

The QB room in Tallahassee needs a significant boost which is why FSU is bringing another one in. They would honestly love to have both Lance LeGendre (Le-jun) and Plumlee in this class. Plumlee operated the RPO offense in high school and shows good touch on the ball at all levels of the field. The Mississippi product is also a good player on the baseball diamond as well and had shown the ability to run the ball on film- a perfect fit for Briles’ offense. FSU is competing with the in-state schools and Auburn here. It is widely thought that he won’t stick to his commitment to Georgia come signing day.

Jamious Griffin

Could another prospect from Rome, Georgia be on the way to Tallahassee? Jamarcus Chatman was considered a good grab late last cycle and FSU hopes to follow the same formula this time around. Griffin is a power back with a good burst in short yardage situations. He has good long speed and a knack for the end zone. The staff may see a potential 1-2 punch with Alante Brown down the line. This will be an ACC battle as Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Louisville are also competing for him. The final decision will likely be on signing day.

Jay Ward

Jay Ward is a prototype cornerback in size and has great hips and ball skills. His acceleration to the ball is good as well as his long speed. He is also one of three prospects that could be at FSU by way of Colquitt, Georgia. Ryan Fitzgerald committed last weekend and Kaamar Bell is high on FSU. In fact, I think there’s a good chance that Bell comes back unofficially and show Jay Ward a good time. Ward is also considering LSU and Kentucky so this would be a good coup for the staff on NSD. Colquitt has a lot of talent coming in the future as does most of South Georgia. This will be an area the staff will continue to hit hard in the future.

Travis Jay

Travis Jay will be an extra recruiter on hand for the Noles. The long-time FSU commit officially shut down his recruitment last week. He will be an early impact guy at FSU.

Note: Has scored 1,000 career points playing basketball in his high school career. Ath. Lete.

Zach Sessa

Even though he’s not expected to visit… there is nothing about him canceling either, so it’s best to cover all the bases. Sessa is a great kicker in his own right and has a leg just as strong as Fitzgerald’s. He has a Preferred Walk-on offer but I’m not sure that’s still in the table-though FSU will need a punter in 2020. On the other hand, he has multiple scholarship offers from D1 programs. This will be one to watch.

Now for the 2020 class which could have over 20 visitors in attendance. This list includes confirmed visitors from both NoleGameday and Warchant. All additional information provided by NoleGameday:

QB Jeff Simms– told me he had a “great feeling” after his offer. ‘Noles are his dream school and something could happen this weekend with him.

QB Gregory Spann Jr.- (Perfect fit for the offense and has an affinity for FSU)

RB Jaylan Knighton- (Recent OU decommit. One of the top backs in Florida next cycle. Clemson is the main competition.)

RB Lawrance Toafilli -(FSU has led for a while here and he’s a top target. Great build and film).

RB Demarkus Bowman (Premier back next year and UF lean, they signed multiple prospects from his High School)

WR Bryan Robinson– (Ron Dugans will make this interesting. Currently committed to Miami. Stud receiver)

WR Bryce Gowdy -(Tells me FSU is “definitely” one of his top schools.)

WR Ryquell Bell (2022)

Ath Kevoun Watts (2021)

TE Jonathan Odom- (tells me FSU was his first big offer and that’s he has high interest, loves the staff)

Athlete Jamarquis Johnson- (FSU sits in a good position here, visits often)

Athlete Isaiah Dunson (FSU commit who the SEC is starting to notice. Bama offered recently)

Athlete Ethan Pouncey

Athlete Marcus Clarke- (FSU was the first school to offer, very versatile and talented athlete)

OL Evan Webster

OL Issiah Walker (Committed to South Carolina, may visit UF)

OL Joshua Braun (His older brother is Grad transfer Parker Braun from GT, potential package deal.)

DT Diamante Howard (2021)

LB Keyshawn Greene ( Tells me he’s 100% in his FSU commitment but he will take visits, loves Coach Woodie and said Woodie told him he could play for FSU “right now”).

LB Jayion McCluster

LB Terrod Kearse (2021) (Nephew of Jevon Kearse, FSU was his first offer, the same school as FSU commit Green-McKnight)

DB Demorie Tate (FSU commit)

DB Ahmari Harvey (2021) (goes to local Florida High, FSU is his dream school, good ball skills, and frame already)

DB Jadarius Green-McKnight (FSU commit, hard-hitter with a good frame)

Bear in mind, this list will change from know until the weekend.

Additional Tidbits

From talking with multiple high-level prospects, FSU is still at the forefront of their minds. Many will visit this spring and summer. Also, the 2021 class is shaping up to be a good one behind the scenes and we’ll have more on this soon.

Willie Taggart closed well last year on NSD and wants much if the same this time around. As long as he closes on the Offensive line and Quarterbacks this class is a success.


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