NoleGameday Recruiting Roundtable: Five Questions for #Tribe20

The 2020 recruiting cycle is officially over and now head coach Mike Norvell and his staff can begin to direct their attention to 2021, which will make their first full class at Florida State. For those who don’t remember, Norvell had 10 days to prepare for the Early Signing Period and a little over two months until National Signing Day when his hire was announced. He was thrown right into the fire and finished as well as most people could ask for.

#Tribe20 finished with 25 total signees, which ranked No. 22 in the country according to 247Sports. It could’ve been a little higher but the Seminoles lost four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman on National Signing Day as he flipped to Tennessee, which wasn’t very unexpected. FSU did land three signatures from talented players on NSD, three-star defensive end TJ Davis, three-star linebacker DJ Lundy, and three-star defensive back Sidney Williams. All in all, it was a solid finish considering the lack of spots the staff had left to work with, they’ve also added four transfers this offseason and that number could rise before the summer.

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However, there are still some questions to answer about this class. NoleGameday’s staff answers them in a roundtable-style format below.

Question: Who is your favorite signing in the class?

Dustin Lewis: JUCO running back La’Damian Webb. He’s a smaller guy but is such a physical runner and a solid athlete as well. Webb has enough speed to turn short runs into big gains and he fights for every yard. He has the tendency to push for the big play and I think he’ll have some exciting runs in 2020, especially if Jashaun Corbin doesn’t get a waiver. Webb brings the benefit of experience to Florida State, already having played a season of college football in junior college.

Nate Greer: There a few in this class but I’m going to go with DJ Lundy. He is a winner in both, a team sport as his team won a state title, and he is a 2x state wrestling champion, so he has self-accountability in an individual sport. Plus, he’s a hammer at LB and adds that presence FSU has been missing.

Jeremiah Zanders: Corey Wren brings blazing speed and surprising power for his frame. He will be a dangerous weapon for Coach Norvell.

Nic Huertas: Robert Scott. It’s been a while since the ‘Noles have signed a true tackle prospect. This struggling offensive line has needed someone that can truly project at one of the tackle positions, and Scott fills that need.

Question: Who is the most underrated player in the class?

Dustin Lewis: Robert Scott. Entering Florida State at 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, Scott already has the size and frame to be an NFL tackle. With a few years in the Seminoles’ strength and conditioning program with Josh Storms, this guy could be a monster by the time he’s a redshirt sophomore or junior. Scott is aggressive as a run-blocker and a solid pass blocker to boot.

Nate Greer: Hard to say a guy rated as a top 50 prospect is underrated but Demorie Tate not being a consensus 5 star and #1 corner is a shame. He proved it on the camp circuit that these evaluators treasure so much, but more importantly it’s all over his tape. Tall, long, fast, short-area quickness, aggressive. All the tools to provide instant impact on a loaded secondary.

Jeremiah Zanders: South Georgia DE TJ Davis was the steal of the class. Davis has excellent senior film and production and is going into w position where he can get snaps if everything comes together his freshman year.

Nic Huertas: DJ Lundy. This guy is a thumper and has the potential to be a great middle linebacker. There is a reason that Georgia wanted this guy. He is a hard nose guy that loves contact and is able to get off blocks with some ease.

Question: If you could select a player from a different school’s recruiting class to add to #Tribe20, who would it be?

Dustin Lewis: Broderick Jones or any five-star offensive linemen. It’s the one glaring need that continues to jump out on this roster after the upgrades at running back and linebacker.

Nate Greer: Broderick Jones from UGA. Every sign points to the world being his on the football field. He’d start day 1 at FSU and be an immediate help at OT.

Jeremiah Zanders: The recruit I’d most like to add is UGA offensive tackle Broderick Jones. He would’ve been a day 1 starter and helped stabilize our line for years to come.

Nic Huertas: McKinnley Jackson. FSU needs to have another blue-chip elite DL come in fast or things will go from bad to worse soon. Luckily for the ‘Noles, there should be some guys returning after the 2020 season, such as Robert Cooper, Tru Thompson, and potentially even Cory Durden. But there are no guarantees and the ‘Noles need to recruit well on the DLine this upcoming year.

Question: Did FSU fill its needs with this recruiting class?

Dustin Lewis: I think so. Signing a quarterback, let alone two, for the first time since #Tribe17 is big for the perception of the program. Running back was a big need and got upgrades with Toafili, Webb, Wren, and transfer Jashuan Corbin. The staff added to the offensive line and brought in talented linebackers and defensive backs. Overall, it looks pretty good, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see 1 to 3 more grad-transfer brought into the fold.

Nate Greer: Yes overall. Brought in 2 talented quarterbacks, 4 running backs with versatility, 4 tackles, one being a grad transfer, hit needs all over the defense. I would have liked to see one more rush end but they aren’t done yet with this class, whether it’s another transfer or a JUCO.

Jeremiah Zanders: FSU had a multitude of needs to fill and did an admirable job. They signed 2 QBs, 5 RBs, and added linemen as well. They needed more impact trench players but that will be determined by the transfer market and the 2021 class.

Nic Huertas: overall yes. However, I would like to see a JUCO or grad transfer tackle and pass rusher added to the class.

Question: What are your overall thoughts on the class?

Dustin Lewis: I’d call this a success for Mike Norvell and his staff. They added high-character, talented guys who are coming into Tallahassee to turn this program around. This might not be ‘the’ class that turns it all around but I think it’ll provide a solid backbone for the future of the roster. Plus, considering the short time frame the staff had to put this all together, it should be exciting to see what they do in 2021 on the same playing level as everyone else. It’s already gotten off to a good starting with the commitments of Branden Jennings, Luke Altmyer, and Joshua Farmer over the past few weeks.

Nate Greer: Great transition class for Norvell and his staff. They’ve added some good parts and added football players. All of these kids have great heads on their shoulders and are a big culture shift. Winners. Guys who are going to work. If the development is there that Norvell is known, for this class will be looked upon differently in 5 years

Jeremiah Zanders: Looking back on this class I firmly believe that Demorie Tate and Chubba Purdy will be the two best players. Both have that “it” factor that FSU will need to pull out wins. For a transition class, I really like what Coach Norvell did. He filled needs based on prospects he already had connections with along with under the radar guys who have high potential. There are still some holes in the class but with the new Early Signing Period, it’s hard to fault him. Overall grade would be a B-, mostly due to the fact FSU will be signing much more talented and well-rounded classes in the future.

Nic Huertas: Overall this is a good transition class. The kids brought in have great potential and address needs on the roster. Norvell, who is known as a developer of talent, will look to get the best out of these guys and turn the ‘Noles around

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