Several fans have been wondering what is going on with Florida State's recruitment so far this recruiting cycle as it has come and gone in waves. As the season starts the Seminoles are sitting at 11 commitments, but at the same time there are recruits who have been leaning towards the ‘Noles for some time.
As we enter the season here in a few short weeks NoleDigest looks at a "state of affairs" for FSU when it comes to their recruitment, and we look at what we could possibly see over the next few months from some of the Seminoles' top targets. First up is the offensive side of the ball.
Nothing much has changed in terms of FSU and the targets the Seminoles are looking at. As it seems now it looks like it is coming down to Jeffrey Godfrey and Anthony Gonzalez. There aren't too many names or recruits FSU is looking at in terms of a quarterback at this time. After it looked like FSU was taking a solid lead for Godfrey earlier in the summer things have kind of cooled off with the Miami-Central standout.
He has remained firm in his desire to be apart of the package deal with Josh Reese and Brandon Gainer. After the Bowden Camp visit from the trio is when things started to cool off for Godfrey as talk is Gainer didn't look impressive at the camp. As the season starts there is a lot of talk that the trio could end up at either USF or UCF at the end of the day.
Anthony Gonzalez has had FSU high up on his list for quite some time now, and things haven't changed since his visit this summer. At this time Anthony has FSU and Pitt as the schools standing out to him at this time. Gonzalez is taking his official to FSU when they play Miami. If the visit is anything like his visit for Showtime FSU will remain in the thick of things for Anthony.
Otherwise, keep an eye on Clint Trickett.
Wow, how things have changed with this position for FSU when it comes to recruiting. The biggest news of the summer without a doubt has been FSU being dropped by 5-star running back Marcus Lattimore. Before the news broke that FSU didn't make Marcus' top 5 many people, including Scout.com experts, figured FSU was going to play a major role in Lattimore's recruitment.
With Marcus out of the picture it seems as though Gio Bernard has taken the spot as FSU's top target this year. The coaches love his ability to make people miss, and many feel he is a perfect match for the scheme FSU runs with the backs. After a summer visit FSU is right there with a host of others for Gio.
A recruit that has left many scratching their heads is Eduardo Clements from Miami. At one time Clements was thought to be a lock, but now schools like Michigan, Georgia, West Virginia and others have leapfrogged FSU in terms of Clements' favorites. Here is the thing with Eduardo and FSU…….there were differing opinions of Clements, thus the offer came later after more thorough evaluation. Clements did really look great at camp this summer, but it may be too little too late.
A surprising turn has been the announcement from Storm Johnson that FSU was the leader for him. NoleDigest hasn't heard much in terms of FSU's side and interest, but Johnson's recruitment has been heavily debated over the past several weeks. LSU refused his commitment from what LSU insiders say, and Georgia hasn't shown much interest. This is a big year for Storm as he gets his shot to be a feature back. His film is impressive but there are still a lot of questions on just how good Storm is as a BCS back.
Debrale Smiley, the JUCO back from Thomasville, looks more and more now that he'll be apart of this class as long as he makes the grade. At one time it looked like FSU was content with taking two elite high school backs, but since that has fallen apart look for Smiley to get his shot at FSU as an H-back/big bruiser.
There are lots of questions at this spot. FSU could land Bernard and Smiley, and they'd be ecstatic. They could miss on their top targets and offer a guy like Tahj Kimble. This is a position that could go either way here shortly. There are 4-5 guys on FSU's board right now, and FSU wants to land 2 of them.
This is the easiest spot to talk about as nothing much has changed. FSU has DeJoshua Johnson committed, who is a guy that brings make-you-look-dumb playmaking ability. Jarred Haggins is an athlete who will start out on offense. Over the summer he showed that he has the ability to be successful at this position in college. They lead for Kenny Shaw, and despite what Gator fans think, Christian Green is still leaning towards FSU. Yes, he isn't committed to FSU, but it doesn't matter. There is a good chance that FSU will see Green, Johnson and Haggins committed early in the fall. The final piece will be Shaw, who is arguably the top 3-star player in the nation.
After seeing Tank Sessions at Showtime Coach Coley put all of his efforts into landing the Georgia standout. FSU is happy with Sessions.
Early on it looked as though FSU would take Ed Christian and be happy for this class. Since then Aubrey Phillips has left FSU and Even Bellamy became a medical hardship. FSU must at least look at another guard or tackle for this class. T.J. Leifheit has FSU in his top 5 and we have been hearing FSU has a good shot here, but North Carolina is going to be tough to beat.
Other than T.J. there is a huge question mark as to who is on FSU's board. Most of their early targets have committed to other programs. As FSU fans have become accustomed to, though, Coach Trickett knows what he is doing so look for guys to develop and become targets as the fall gets underway.
State of Affairs: FSU Offenisve Recruiting
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