It is always best to start in-state and the first player to discuss is Bennie Coney. The Plant City star has been impressive this off-season at both the MVP and Elite 11 Camps in Orlando. He has grown to about 6'2 and is well over 200 pounds. He is a known FSU fan from an FSU house which is great news for the Noles. He does possess an offer, but needs to continue proving himself off the field--he currently is doing just that. While he is not a Top 10 QB Nationally, he is a top 20 one and there is plenty of upside here. The arm strength is there and he would seem to possess the athleticism to run Coach Fisher's offense. He figures to camp at FSU this summer.
Other in-state players who might tickle FSU's fancy are Bartram Trail's Nathan Peterman, Jupiter's Tyler Cameron, and Jupiter Christian's Kedric Bostic. Peterman is a drop-back type with a solid arm. He had perhaps the best overall season in the state as a junior. Cameron is a great athlete and the southpaw reminds some of Tim Tebow. He is coming off a shoulder injury, so summer will be big for him to show the necessary arm strength to play at the high D-1 level. If he doesn't, he could be an outstanding TE. Bostic should be rising up team's charts after an impressive off-season. We watched him at both the 7on7 and the ESS Combine the past two weeks and he has been a stand-out at both. He has good size at 6'3 and plenty of upside.
Moving out of state are a pair of "national guns" in Jameis Winston(Alabama) and Zeke Pike(Kentucky). Winston has visited Tallahassee a few times already and it appears to be an Alabama/FSU battle. A concern is that he is considered a top tier Major League Baseball prospect and likely will be drafted. He is a perfect fit in FSU's offense and has been recruited hard for awhile now. Three months ago there was not a lot of hope for Pike, but momentum is building. Pike has elite size and an elite arm, he just needs experience as a QB. His upside is enormous, he has high first round potential for the League in 3-4 years. He is getting set to narrow his list and FSU is expected to be on that list.
Four more out of state QBs are on the radar: Chad Kelly(NJ), Devin Fuller(NY), Patton Robinette(Tenn), and Justin Thomas(Alabama). There has been plenty of buzz on Kelly and he does appear to have the tools to be a success at the next level, but there are off the field concerns. He will need to be on his best behavior from now until signing day. Fuller is a natural athlete that is still developing as a QB, there is no question that 2-3 years down the road he can be a big-time player. Robinette is probably the most under the radar right now, but there is a lot to like including a perfect score on his ACT and a 4.5 GPA. He is a student of the game and will try to impress in summer camp. Thomas is the fastest of the bunch with high 4.3 speed, he likely will play another position at the next level, but shows enough skill to perhaps stick at QB in the right system. He is an Alabama commit.
Analysis: Clearly FSU has cast a wide net for 2012. We expect a few more names(Sean Maguire) to perhaps enter the radar in the Spring evaluation period. The thing to look for is which QBs make it to Tallahassee both for an unofficial visit and for camp.
Last year's signee, Jacob Coker, camped and earned the offer, we expect that to be the same for most of this group.
Pike and Winston are the big guns today, but that could change over the next several months. We think there is a chance that two QBs are signed, but it will need to be the right two.
It is too tough to call today what will happen, but we are confident that FSU is going to find someone they like and this position should be wrapped up by the end of summer.