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Five-star linebacker names FSU in top-6

Florida State is trending up on the recruiting trail as we near the beginning of the 2019 season. As it stands to this point, FSU has 21 players verbally committed, giving them the No. 9 class in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings.  With some success behind the new offense of Kendal Briles and a retooled defense, the Seminoles have a chance to have a noteworthy finish to the 2020 recruiting cycle. And that includes some big fish who could be reeled in.

Five-star outside linebacker Sav’ell Smalls released his final six schools on Sunday and the ‘Noles made the list along with Alabama, Washington, Washington State, Tennessee, and Oregon.

Smalls was recently on Florida State’s campus for the SNL event and he plans to return for an official visit during the season. Similar to five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux a year ago, he wants to see how the Seminoles perform on the field prior to making a final decision. His relationship with Tre’Shaun Harrison should also be a factor. The two talents played together in high school and have a pretty close relationship. Harrison was one of his main hosts during his visit in July.

There’s no questioning how talented Smalls is. He has some of the top instincts and reaction skills among the players coming out of this class. Excellent pass-rusher with a variety of moves who can also back into coverage when needed, giving him the potential to slide seamlessly into FSU’s revamped defense. Outstanding athleticism behind a twitchy first-step makes him a terror to line up against off the edge.

I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say Florida State is currently the favorite for Smalls’ services. It’s all going to come down to how Willie Taggart’s team performs on the field. The coaching staff has the relationships factor, now they just need something to back up that this program is headed for better heights. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound outside linebacker would be the crown jewel of a highly ranked class heading into Tallahassee. Smalls is currently ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect, the No. 1 OLB, and the No. 1 prospect in Washington according to the 247Sports composite rankings, earning him a five-star distinction.


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