With signing day just around the corner we take a look at the recruits left on Florida State's defensive board. The Seminoles currently sit just outside the Top-5 in the Scout.com rankings, and will make a strong push as signing day nears.
Although they have sufficient numbers for 2015, FSU has a big need at this position in 2016. Luckily for the Seminoles, there are quite a few elite defensive ends with FSU high on their boards.
Robinson is a freak athlete and projects as an top-level edge rusher; he is more raw than some ranked above him but has a much higher ceiling than his ranking might suggest. Brown is a hybrid defensive end and linebacker similar to Jacob Pugh and projects at either position at FSU. After his latest visit to Tallahassee he classified his commitment to Florida State as solid and was doing some recruiting for the Seminoles. Both will be early enrollees following the Army All-American bowl.
On the Board:
Hall is a former Ohio State commitment with a rare blend of size and explosiveness (occasionally lining up at wide receiver for his high school team at 250 pounds). FSU has made him more of a priority as the season has progressed, and the Noles have done extremely well in the DMV area of late, so don't count out the Seminoles.
Burns is an excellent prospect for FSU's defensive scheme, but Florida leads for him at this time. Burns is an elite pass rusher, but does need to put on some weight before he can contribute at the next level. He has the frame to do so, and he has a very high ceiling. Subtyl is from Haiti, but played high school ball in Florida. Florida State extended an offer recently.
FSU is loaded on the defensive line for the next couple years but will need to replace several outgoing bodies after 2015.
The Noles already have one of the best defensive tackles in the country committed in Cedric Wood. The local prospect has been committed to Florida State for nearly a year at this point, and his commitment is firm. Aime popped up out of nowhere, but he has the size and ability to be an impact player for the Seminoles.
On the Board:
Florida State doesn't have very many options at the defensive tackle position, but the one on the board is outstanding. Raekwon Davis is a monster and recently took an unofficial visit to Florida State for the game against Texas State. He has plans to return for an official. Stephon Taylor is a new addition to the board and is scheduled for an official visit in January.
Rice is a relative unknown at this point, but his film is very good, and it says a lot about his ability that Florida State staff felt good enough about him to take him a year early. He reminds us of Telvin or Terrance Smith, as he brings very good length and natural coverage ability to the linebacker position while still playing with a nasty edge, and we expect him to climb in the rankings as a senior.
Joyner is the big out of state fish at this position, possessing excellent length and speed, though he was dismissed from his high school team midway through his senior season. Joyner has an excellent relationship with Seminole defensive ends coach Brad Lawing, who also recruited him at Florida, and that played a big part in his commitment to the Seminoles.
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Jackson is a thumper who brings outstanding size to the position. Florida State rarely pulls kids out of Texas, but Tim Brewster has the Noles firmly in the mix.
Yulee is a prototypical middle linebacker that recently backed off his commitment to Alabama. He plans to take an official to Florida State at this time, but Virginia Tech and Florida will also receive visits.
Jones is a prospect that Florida State is looking at. He had a good senior year, and could get an FSU offer soon. The interest is mutual, and an offer couldy be coming soon with Devin Bush Jr. heading to Michigan.
Needs: 3-4 (at least 2 CBs)
Florida State brought in a large safety class in 2015 but has signed only three corners the last two cycles, so that will be the priority in the secondary for the Seminoles in 2016.
Cook is an extremely long prospect and projects at the Star position in the FSU defense. He's a versatile athlete who will be able to line up all over the field and is one of the top safety prospects in the country.
Levonta Taylor is one of the best athletes in the country with explosive speed and suddenness and plays with an edge. Florida State doesn't take corners under 6-foot unless they can absolutely ball, which says all you need to know about Taylor, who reminds us of a more explosive Greg Reid or a bigger Tyrann Matthieu.
Meyers picked up an offer at camp and it've very easy to see why. He has the size at 6-foot and the athleticism to play major college football.
On the Board:
Florida State already has one elite corner in this class as well as another very good one. Long, fluid CB Trayvon Mullen is at the top of the CB board and has been trending back in Florida State's favor. Landing Mullen would put a bow on one of the best defensive back classes in the country.
Burton is physical safety with a high football IQ, good range, and natural ball skills. He's good friends with FSU commit Malik Henry and took a visit to Florida State for the Miami game.
Becker is back on FSU's radar and brings excellent length and speed to the position. He dominated his senior year, and stood out during the Under Armour All-American week. He's jumped up the rankings going from a 3-star to one of the Top-150 players in the country.
Jayvaughn Myers is the brother of Nate Craig-Myers and is a versatile prospect who could play several positions in the FSU secondary. He's a former UF commit who could still wind up in Gainesville, though Ole Miss and UNC are also significant players in his recruitment.
Mayden is a prospect that has popped up again late in the cycle. He was on the board before he committed to Oregon, and plans on taking an official to Florida State.