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Three crystal balls roll in for four-star RB to Miami

Entering week three without a new head coach in place, there’s no doubt that Florida State’s recruiting is at risk of taking a serious hit. As of now, the Seminoles class is ranked No. 18 in the country with 17 verbal commitments. Surprisingly, in the aftermath of Willie Taggart’s firing, FSU has lost just two pledges, four-star running back Jaylan Knighton and four-star defensive back Isaiah Dunson. However, more will come the longer this process takes.

Unfortunately, Knighton is no longer expected to return to #Tribe20. On Thursday, three crystal balls came in for the talented running back to Miami and they all are by reliable reporters. Noles247’s Chris Nee, InsideTheU’s Andrew Ivins, and CBS All Access’ David Lake made up the trio. They all are 90.91% or better on their crystal ball predictions.

There’s no spinning this, this is a huge loss for FSU. Knighton was one of the most important recruits in the class and now there’s a major risk of letting him slip away to an in-state rival that has dominated the ‘Noles for three straight years. FSU’s running back depth moving forward is starting to become a big concern.

With star running back Cam Akers expected to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft, Florida State is projected to return just one scholarship back next year, Khalan Laborn. Anthony Grant left the team earlier this season and isn’t expected back with the team. The Seminoles do still have four-star Lawrance Toafili, who grew up a fan, in the fold.

It’s monumental that the staff holds onto his commitment and adds at least another running back, maybe two by the end of this recruiting cycle. Four-star Daijun Edwards out of Colquitt County would be a perfect fit. After starting 2018 with Akers, Laborn, Grant, and Zaquandre White as the future of the backfield, just one of those four players will still be in Tallahassee just two years later.


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