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Five FSU commits set to collide in week one clash

The High School football regular season is set to officially kick off this Friday and Florida State fans have plenty of reasons to keep up with the action. With 18 of the Seminoles’ 21 commits hailing from Florida, 2019 has the opportunity to provide #Tribe20 with a ton of bragging rights before arriving in Tallahassee. It all starts with a high-powered week one clash between IMG Academy and Venice High School.

Five FSU commits are set to take part in a contest that looks like it’ll be a ton of fun. Three-star defensive end Josh Griffis, three-star offensive guard Alex Atcavage, and four-star outside linebacker Melvin Jordan (2022) of IMG versus four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman and three-star offensive tackle Thomas Shrader of Venice.

There are two main matchups to keep your eyes on in this game and Atcavage nailed the first one. Griffis and Shrader lined up against each other off of the edge and Wideman going up against the loaded secondary of the Ascenders. IMG Academy boasts defensive backs such as five-star cornerback Elias Ricks and four-star safety Lejond Cavazos on its roster so it’ll be interesting to see how Wideman performs. Last week, the four-star wide receiver wowed with his athleticism en route to six receptions for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The battle between Griffis and Shrader has the potential to be an all-out brawl. Both of these guys are physical, tough-nosed players who aren’t afraid of contact. Shrader enters the game with the size advantage but Griffis is extremely strong, he bench pressed over 440-pounds while sprinkling in some 300-pound pull-ups over the offseason. The three-star offensive tackle looked solid in pass protection a week ago and he’ll need another good performance if Wideman is going to work magic down the field again.

Elsewhere, two new additions for IMG will step on the field for the first time with their new squad. Atcavage transferred to IMG Academy to play out his senior season and he’s flying under the radar after reshaping his body. He’s lost over 65 pounds since his freshman year of high school and currently sits at 6-foot-5, 285-pounds. Atcavage is a prospect that has the potential to rise throughout his final season as he gets more exposure following the way he has matured physically. His best football is ahead of him.

Jordan also transferred to IMG Academy this offseason though he still has a long way to go in his prep career. Just a sophomore, Jordan made the move to the Ascenders following a standout freshman season at Calvary Christian High School that saw him record 74 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. He’s already got ideal size and exhibits the kind of skills you’d expect to see out of a player who was a few years older. Now, Jordan just has to continue improving his game while facing tougher competition.

It should be one to remember on Friday night. ‘Noles fans, who do you think will come out on top?


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