State of Affairs: Defensive Recruiting

Recruiting has been up and down throughout this recruiting cycle for the Seminoles. NoleDigest talks about the latest in this update as we talk about what to expect as the season gets underway in a few short weeks.

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 13 commitments after last week, 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. In this installment we look at the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line

Entering the fall Florida State has a commitment from Cameron Erving from Colquitt County, and they have commitments from Corey Miller, Darius Cummings and Tavaris Barnes at defensive end. Cummings and Barnes are both prospects that are tweeners right now because we don't know exactly where they're going to play yet. As of right now it looks like Cummings will stay outside.

When you look at the board for FSU they have several other targets on their board. FSU still is in great shape with Brandon Willis and Damien Jacobs, both are tackles that can bring excellent size and playmaking ability to that position. Probably the biggest name left at this spot for FSU is Corey Lemonier from Hialeah. Corey has kept FSU in it for some time, and they have a decent shot at landing the 5-star standout.

Right now it looks like FSU has a great shot at landing the remaining targets on their board as it has long been discussed that Jacobs and Willis will be committing sometime during the season. Adding Lemonier on Signing Day would make this arguably the top defensive line in the nation, as the Seminoles would have 2 5-stars (Lemonier and Willis), two 4-stars in Miller and Cummings who could earn the fifth star, and targets in Jacobs and Erving are good in their own right.


FSU wants to sign 5 in this class and it looks like they're going to match that target as the ‘Noles have commitments from Holmes Onwukaife, Telvin Smith and Nigel Terrell.

Remaining on FSU's board is two of the best in the nation in Jeff Luc and Christian Jones. AS the summer has come to an end there's been a lot of talk that FSU has pulled well ahead of the other programs for Luc, and FSU is going to be extremely difficult to beat for Jones. This will be the best group of linebacker commitments in the nation for FSU. If I were a betting man I would put money on FSU getting Luc and Jones before the season is complete.


Right now the Seminoles have Chad Abrams as the only commitment in the secondary as we head into the season. Word is he'll be the only safety taken in this class.

Florida State's board was jam packed in the spring at this spot, but as recruiting goes things often even themselves out as they did here for FSU. The easiest way to look at this is to simply put who's left on the board, and the shot FSU has at landing them.

1) Lamarcus Joyner: FSU is still ahead but Ohio State and Florida are making runs. FSU has to mess this up to not land Joyner.

2) Terrence Mitchell: Mitchell will be lining up his official to FSU soon, and the ‘Noles are still atop Mitchell's list.

3) Cody Riggs: FSU was on top early, backed off, then got back on. FSU will have to fight to land Riggs, and word is he'll be a Gator soon.

4) Keion Payne: This one is easy. He loves FSU, has family that goes there, and feels he can make an impact at FSU. Miami will battle for Payne in the end.

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