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Five-star 2020 tight end, 2021 defensive tackle visiting FSU

Florida State is on a roll on the recruiting trail. The Seminoles landed three verbal pledges from prospects in April and have picked up two more in May as we near the end of the month. New recruiting coordinator David Kelly has been instrumental in getting recruits on campus for unofficial visits throughout the offseason and his hard work has clearly paid off.

Two five-star prospects will be in Tallahassee on Friday for unofficial visits to the school. 2020 tight-end Darnell Washington, according to Adam Gorney of Rivals and 2021 defensive tackle Lee Hunter per Noles247’s Chris Nee. This will be Washington’s first trip to FSU, he’s also expected to visit Alabama and Auburn over the weekend.

On Monday, The Las Vegas native narrowed his recruitment down to 12 schools. That list included the ‘Noles, Miami, Florida, Clemson, Auburn, and Alabama, among others. This is an important visit that could firmly get the coaching staff’s foot in the door with Washington. The 6-foot-7.5, 248-pound tight end is one of the most highly heralded recruits in the country for a variety of reasons. He has the size and athleticism to become a potential game-changer at multiple positions at the next level. In fact, he could wind up being a future offensive tackle. Washington is ranked as the No. 14 overall recruit, the No. 2 ATH, and the No. 1 player in the state of Nevada. Alabama currently holds the lead in the Crystal Ball with 67% of the predictions for his commitment.

Hunter unofficially visited Florida State on April 30 and received an offer from the coaching staff on the same day as that trip. Just a month later, he’s coming to see the ‘Noles again, which is a good sign early in his recruitment. Some of his main suitors right now are Auburn and Tennessee with the Tigers holding 100% of the Crystal Ball predictions at this moment in time. Like Washington, Hunter has the size and speed to make him a potential star at his position. He’s a strong run defender but needs to keep working on his technique going forward. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound defensive tackle has a lot of upside. He’s currently ranked as the No. 37 overall prospect, the No. 4 DT, and the No. 3 player in Alabama.

Expect both of these players to get shown around campus while spending a lot of time with their position coaches, Telly Lockette, and Odell Haggins.

 


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