NoleDigest Super "8"

With the bowl season already underway, in college football the months of December, January and February are all about recruiting. Florida State looks to continue to add to their top tier recruiting class with some of the top prospects in the country. NoleDigest has identified some of Florida State's top remaining targets based on talent, needs and interest.

Andre Debose. Debose capped off a great senior season with three touchdowns and a State Championship. Andre showed why many consider him one of the top playmakers in the country. He was also just as tall as advertised. FSU is most likely going to lose two or three receivers from this year. Right now Florida State has a chance to sign this top prospect but it will be a surprise to many if Debose inked with the Noles'.

Ray Ray Armstrong. Mr. Versatility could also be a nick name for Ray Ray. Armstrong could possibly play 3 or 4 positions in college (Safety, LB, pass rushing DE, TE). Armstrong was a man amongst boys on the high school level. He has a great frame (legit 6'3) to make an impact right away on the next level. He is a long shot for the Seminoles. He's a heck of a player though.

Orson Charles. All season long, Charles has maintained his focus on his last football season in high school. Charles finished the season with 17 receiving touchdowns and elevated his status as one of the top prospects in the country. Charles is being heavily recruited by Florida State Recruiting Coordinator and TE Coach James Coley. Charles would give the Seminoles a different sure handed Tight end/H-Back player that they don't have on the roster. Florida State looks to be in great shape with Orson and this battle will most likely come down to UGA and FSU.

Olivier Vernon. Vernon was injured for majority of his senior season. Nobody questions Vernon's ability when he is healthy. He is considered the top or one of the top prospects in Dade County. Right now, Vernon is a soft Miami commitment with FSU & Alabama chasing his signature. Vernon is planning to enroll early so one school will be getting an Early Christmas present in Vernon.

Ryne Giddins. Giddins made this list simply on his sheer talent alone. Florida State chances of signing Giddins is somewhere between slim to none. But Giddins is the type of player that will be college ready when he steps onto campus. Florida State has had trouble getting players from Armwood High School over the last couple of years (ex. Torrey Davis, and Matt Patchen).

Dyron Dye. Dye is a long prospect that has some upside on the next level. Dye has interest in the Seminoles but how much remains to be seen. He's a player in the future that can really develop into something special. Landing Debose could play a role in where Dye ends up. Also with Florida State losing Neefy Moffett and probably Everette Brown there is a need for the defensive end position with only two players with experience returning.

Jarvis Byrd. Byrd is a prospect that popped onto the radar a little later than most prospects. He is from a perennial powerhouse on the high school level (Pahokee). Byrd is currently committed to North Carolina State but FSU is surging up his list. Jarvis is a legit prospect and not a token offer to get another player on his team. Byrd is a physical corner that can tackle but you can also play him as a nickel corner that can blitz or play back as a safety. With Florida State losing Tony Carter, and Michael Ray Garvin this year, the corner position needs to reload.

Branden Smith-8. Smith is a talented corner from Atlanta, Georgia. The Bulldogs have made Smith a top, top priority that was shown by sending 6 coaches to his house following his FSU visit. Smith really wants to play right away next year and that is a factor working for the Noles' and against the Bulldogs. Branden has done an excellent job of remaining tight lipped about his recruitment but rumors are that UGA looks good for him.

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