FSU adds multiple talented Preferred Walk Ons

While Florida State finished with its worst recruiting ranking in 12 years, I think it’s safe to say the Seminoles created a solid foundation with #Tribe19. There aren’t a ton of day one impact players but the leadership skills and mindset of the guys coming in will go along way in helping shift the culture of the program. Players like Jaleel McRae, Travis Jay, and Dontae Lucas are exactly who Willie Taggart needs to start righting the ship.

The class certainly isn’t flashy but it checked off all of the boxes outside of quarterback, which is obviously a big issue that we’ve discussed here. However, FSU’s coaching staff should certainly get applauded for their ability to recruit. The ‘Noles worst season on the field in over 40 years resulted in the loss of a legendary bowl streak and this class is still sitting at No. 16. That’s not a failure, that’s a success. The staff has also been good at landing quality players without having to give up scholarships.

Florida State received Preferred Walk on commitments from at least six players on National Signing Day and many of them turned down scholarship offers to walk on in Tallahassee. Five of them are from Florida which shows that the coaches are really starting to focus on talent close to home. I think there’s a chance at least one of them sees playing time in 2019.

1. Treshaun Ward, 3* Running Back, Tampa, FL

Ward passed on scholarship offers from Maryland (thanks Lance), FIU, and Cincinnati, among others to walk on at FSU. As we wrote earlier this week, he shows off good balance and power on film while also being a patient runner. Ward’s quick enough to break away on runs and there’s a possibility he sees the field if Amir Rasul ends up transferring.

The three-star running back rushed for 1,000 yards in back to back seasons, including seven 100-yard games as a senior, to finish his high school career. He also scored 29 times on the ground during that time. Ward is ranked as the No. 1278 overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 85 RB.

2. Austin White, 3* Tight End, Tampa, FL

Like Ward, White passed on multiple FBS offers including Bowling Green and Southern Miss to take his talents to FSU. He has great hands and even shows off a one-handed touchdown about a minute into his film. White fights for extra yards and is tough to bring down due to his size. He’s also more than a willing blocker and has good hand placement.

White caught 13 passes for 254 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. 247Sports slots him in as the No. 1945 overall prospect and the No. 82 TE in the 2019 class.

3. Ricardo Watson, 3* Linebacker, Seffner, FL

Watson reported offers from Florida Atlantic, Oregon, and South Florida but most teams passed on him because of his size. The three-star linebacker is just 5-foot-10 and there are some question marks about how his speed will translate to the next level but he certainly shows off some intriguing qualities. He’s excellent off the edge and sees plays develop with his eyes before attacking. Watson is also a huge hitter.

The three-star linebacker missed two games during his senior season but still recorded 46 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and six sacks. He is ranked as the No. 2188 overall prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 94 ILB.

4. Estmane Lucdor, UR Wide Reciever, Miami, FL

Coach Telly Lockette was instrumental in Lucdor turning down offers from Akron and Eastern Michigan to walk on at FSU. He’s another prospect that shows off great hands and an ability to make plays even with multiple defenders on him. Lucdor also has excellent speed and athleticism. He’s shifty enough to keep defenses guessing. The 5-foot-10 receiver reportedly runs a 4.43 40-yard dash.

5. Quentin Hunter-Colvin, UR Linebacker, Apex, NC

Hunter-Colvin is one of the few PWO’s who doesn’t hail from the state of Florida but he’s another guy that passed up an FBS scholarship (Marshall) to play for the ‘Noles. The first thing you notice about him is his speed for a linebacker. He’s very fast and flies to the ball carrier quickly. Hunter-Colvin is also a solid tackler who knows when to wrap up. He could certainly develop into an asset at linebacker on both the practice field and maybe eventually the playing field.

The unranked linebacker does need to keep bulking up his frame to handle the rigors of the next level.

6. Caleb Faris, UR Wide Reciever, Tampa, FL

Faris played for Plant High School in Tampa, the same high school as former Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. He really didn’t start to make much of an impact until his senior season and could be an underrated prospect going forward. Faris caught 33 passes for 492 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

He runs good routes, has good hands, and shows off the ability to make highlight reel grabs on the sideline. You never know what a few years of hard work can bring. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Faris might just be the next underdog story of college football.

UPDATE 4/12:

7. Ethan Umstead, UR Linebacker, Lake City, FL

Umstead is the ‘Noles most recent addition, hailing from Columba High School, who beat IMG Academy last season. He was a consistent force on the Tigers defense throughout his high school career, notching 279 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles over the last three years.

He shows off good awareness and can plays sideline to sideline. Umstead is physical in the middle of the defense but there may be limitations on his potential since he’s a smaller linebacker (6-foot, 215-pounds). The Lake City native turned down a scholarship offer from Charleston Southern to walk on at FSU.

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