Florida State is up to 18 commits for the 2016 class and still have some holes to fill. Who are the top prospects remaining on the Seminoles recruiting board?
1. Defensive end Shavar Manuel
Manuel announced that Florida State was his leader during in February and not much has changed regarding that. He’s one of the top defensive linemen in the country and could play either inside or out at the next level with his size and athleticism. Defensive end is a major position of need for the Seminoles and Manuel could be an immediate help there.
2. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence
Not much is known about his recruitment because he rarely does interviews, but Florida State has a shot if they can get him on campus this summer. Lawrence is an elite defensive tackle that could come in and make an impact early for the Seminoles. Having a relationship with both Jay Graham and Brad Lawing will definitely help.
3. Linebacker Keion Joyner
Florida State has a desperate need for linebackers and they are in the mix for one of the best in the country in Joyner. He is a top-notch athlete and has developed a relationship with both Brad Lawing and Jay Graham. Coach Lawing got his start coaching at the high school that Joyner plays at and has ties to the program, which has helped the Seminoles cause greatly. The Seminoles will have to fight LSU to land the 5-star prospect from North Carolina.
4. Wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers
Craig is one of the most physically gifted receivers in the 2016 class. He has the size and speed needed to make a big impact at the next level and Florida State has been after him for a long time. The only reason he is not higher on this list is because of how stacked the position is at Florida State. He may be the best player left on the board for the Seminoles.
5. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen
Mullen is the long, athletic type of corner that Florida State has coveted since Jimbo Fisher took over. He has elite instincts and is arguably the best corner in this class. Mullen has gone back and forth between LSU and Florida State as his leader, but most feel that LSU has the slight upper hand at this point in his recruitment. That being said there is a very long way to signing day and Florida State will be in this one to the end.
6. Cornerback Nigel Knott
Knott came out to the June version of the Jimbo Fisher Camp and stole the show. He is an elite athlete with decent size and a nose for the football. He really enjoyed his visit to Tallahassee and has named Florida State as one of the official visits that he will take this season. The Seminoles will be in a fight with Alabama and Oregon for this one until the ink is dry.
7. Offensive Guard Richard Merritt
Florida State is looking to take one more guard in this class and Merritt is at the top of that board for coach Trickett. At 6-foot-5, 325-pounds Merritt has the size that the Seminoles are looking for to go a nasty mean streak. Florida State will be looking to get him down for a visit this summer to wrap up the process, but the Seminoles are looking good with this big man.
8. Running Back Amir Rasul
Rasul is an interesting prospect that didn’t start for his high school team last year, but has one overwhelming quality that has everyone on notice. Rasul is one of the elite track athletes in the country, and that has translated over to the football field. He brings a different dynamic than what Florida State has on the roster. Florida State is only taking one running back this cycle and the Miami commit is the leader in the clubhouse.
9. Linebacker Devin Bush
Earlier I wrote about the Seminoles need at the linebacker position and even with three commits at the position already Florida State could be looking to take as many as five. Bush doesn’t have the prototypical size that Florida State is looking for, but he is a great football player. He has great instincts and is always around the football.
10. Defensive Back Jayvaughn Myers
Myers is the brother of Nate Craig-Myers, but his recruitment has picked up steam on it’s own. Myers has good size and athleticism, but is extremely raw when it comes to technique. He wouldn’t provide an immediate impact, but has the potential to be a very good player down the road.