Florida State will be taking a smaller class in 2017 with around 20 spots available. The Seminoles are already a fourth of the way there with five commits in the class, but will likely take a more reserved approach with limited spots available this cycle.
Florida State signed two very good defensive ends in 2017, but will lose at least one to the NFL next season in Demarcus Walker. Malik Herring is the leading target to replace Walker at strong side defensive end. Beal has visited Florida State multiple times and will be back for Junior Day. Parks, Young, and Kaindoh are all highly touted defensive ends that the Seminoles have offered. Parks enjoyed his visit to Florida State for one of the Jimbo Fisher camps last season, but Florida has the early edge for the talented rush end. Florida State is recruiting Rudolph for the Buck position.
Florida State already has two defensive tackle commits in Ja'Len Parks and Cory Durden. The two are teammates and cousins at Newberry High School. Florida State will take one more defensive tackle if it is the right one. Marvin Wilson and Dalyn Wade-Perry would fit into that category.
Florida State already has two linebackers committed for the cycle, and will likely only take one more at most. Cowan is an elite linebacker with great size and athleticism. Jennings Jr. is a legacy that has good size and instincts. Moses can play multiple positions, but would be an elite linebacker at the next level. Benton has visited Florida State quite a few times including back to back games last season. Brooks is a Florida State legacy that is undersized, but a good football player. He could play safety at the next level.
Florida State has a number of top targets at defensive back. Perhaps the most important target on the board overall is cornerback Stanford Samuels III, a Florida State legacy. He is a great combination of size, speed, athleticism, and instincts. Maleik Gray was the top safety I saw at camp last year, and with his size and mentality he's clearly a top target. Wade is committed to Ohio State currently, but is best friends with wide receiver commit DJ Matthews. Williams is an elite athlete that makes up for his size with great instincts and the alpha dog mentality. Jones, Wright, and Fagan all camped at Florida State last year, and performed very well. Bishop camped at Florida State as a quarterback, but projects as a safety at the next level.null