Cleaning up the Board: Offense

FSU coaches returned home after traveling much of the country this Spring. NoleDigest.com breaks down the offensive offers and the current recruiting situation.

*Prospects committed to other schools will be left off this list.

QUARTERBACK

FSU has five offers out to QBs right now. In-state is Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett and Chaminade's Jerrard Randall. Out of state is Georgia Wilcox County's Nick Marshall, Alabama Athen's Stephen Rivers, and South Carolina Northwestern's Justin Worley. Marshall was the prohibitive favorite, but things seemed to have cooled there on his part with FSU. Brissett looked excellent in front of FSU coaches; he or Rivers seem to be the likely signees at this time. Randall has to be seen as a longshot because of his affinity for UF, but stranger things have happened. Worley is thought to be favoring other schools right now. A number of QBs are still being evaluated and there should be plenty of prospects who choose to fight for a spot during FSU's summer camp.


Carver's Isaiah Crowell
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RUNNING BACK

Eric Beverly was an early verbal and he is 100 percent committed. He is not even expected to take visits to other schools. The only thing he lacks is breakaway speed; but it is clear that FSU is focusing on adding that to this class through additional talent. Columbus(GA) Carver's Isaiah Crowell is the type of elite weapon that has been missing from the offense. It is certainly an uphill battle as Alabama and Georgia are thought to be in the lead. Savon Huggins would be not far behind in terms of talent, however it is unclear how open he is on the recruiting trail. Getting Huggins to campus this summer will be very important.

In-state Mike Bellamy would be an intriguing pick-up. The Clemson staff is comparing him to C.J. Spiller and they probably are not far off. He is a legit game breaker; I have been to seven of his games over the last three years and Bellamy has straight produced in every one of them. Chevelle Buie is a smaller version, but there are not many players who make Glades Central look slow. Buie did that on his way to a second straight state title in December. Buie might need to show he is a threat in the passing game.

A sleeper could be Miami Central's Devonte Freeman. He showed flashes of brilliance last year when he backed up Brandon Gainer, and Noledigest.com received many positive reports this Spring. At 5'9, 196 he has a terrific running-back build and he is advanced in the passing game.

Aaron Green(Tx), Malcolm Brown(Tx) and Shon Carson(SC) are out of state options. As with all high-caliber, out-of-state prospects, these are tough battles where the relationship and official visit will be key factors.

WIDE RECEIVER

The number is expected to be just one wide receiver this year and right now St. Thomas's Rashad Greene appears to top the list. Greene is a complete package who was not afraid to test and compete during the camp/combine season. He shined at every one of them. With a BCS-caliber quarterback in Jacob Rudock, Greene should only improve as a senior. Greene is thought to lean to the Noles right now.

Washington Skyline's Kasen Williams is an elite talent who will have a spot if he wants it. With offers from the entire country and the distance, this is a longshot at best. South Carolina Wade Hampton's Hakeem Flowers is another upon which to keep an eye. The Noles have traditionally done well in the Palmetto State.


Dywer's Nick O'Leary
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In-state Glades Central's Kelvin Benjamin is expected to be headed to Hargrave for his senior year; it remains to be seen how that will affect his recruitment. Nature Coast's Ja'Juan Story is an intriguing prospect because of his great athleticism, however he is very raw and will need some time to develop. He has shown high interest in the past. Columbus's Tacoi Sumler brings tremendous speed and explosion, he will likely be a slot type in college.

Jefferson's Andre Davis is another possibility. He has some of the best ball skills around; when the ball is in the air, it is his. Davis has questionable speed and will need to show a little more pep in his step to become a priority.

TIGHT END

Two players are in the equation here. Dwyer's Nick O'Leary and Fort Meade's Brandon Fulse. O'Leary is simply a phenomenal prospect: tough, physical, fast, hands and he understands the game. FSU is in better position than could have been dreamed four months ago and almost certainly in the lead right now.

Fulse has stated that he wants to play TE; he would be more of a blocking type than O'Leary. Fulse does bring versatility as he could easily play on the defensive line (a spot in which many colleges like him). FSU is in good position for Fulse. A recent offer was given to Venice's Clay Burton and he could play TE as well.

Valdosta's Jay Rome is the top TE in the country, but FSU did not make his most recent top five.


St. Thomas's Bobby Hart
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OFFENSIVE LINE

Here is a spot where FSU needs some numbers; perhaps five or six by signing day. It is clear by the offers out that this position is viewed as a priority. Navarre's Sterling Lovelady is 100 percent committed and expected to be a Center. Deland's Trey Pettis is 100 percent committed and could factor anywhere on the offensive line. He has made huge strides in conditioning since the end of last year.

In-state offers are out to St. Thomas's Bobby Hart, Tenorec's Terry Bell, Lake Gibson's Errin Joe, Park Vista's Mike Matulis, and Boone's Max Lang. FSU is in good shape with each one of these prospects, and it hard to see a scenario where we do not land at least two of the above.

FSU has somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 offers to out-of-state prospects. There is also a good chance that we sign at least one JUCO offensive linemen(Jacob Fahrenkrug) to help shore-up depth immediately.

We are in excellent shape with OL recruiting.


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