Cleaning up the Board: Defense

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

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

Nova's Nile Lawrence-Stample
Geoff Vogt,


FSU is sitting on two early commits from First Coast's Derrick Mitchell and Nova's Nile Lawrence-Stample. Both players are expected to line up inside at Defensive Tackle. Clearly the need is at Defensive End and we have been aggressive with offers at that spot.

In-state we have offered Giorgio Newberry, Aaron Lynch, Anthony Chickillo, Ricardo Williams, Clay Burton, Anthony Rabasa, and Curt Maggitt. It is expected that FSU will try to land three DEs this year and right now Rabasa, Williams, and Newberry all list FSU high on their list. There is work to be done with Lynch, but he has stated in the past how impressed he is with FSU, look for his recruitment to heat up over the summer.

We have been equally aggressive out of state with offers to Ray Drew, Jermauria Rasco, Jesse Hayes, Jadeveon Clowney, and Xzavier Dickson. Drew was once very high on FSU, it is unclear exactly where we stand today.

At DT, Lonnie Gosha was once committed, but backed off it two days later, he still is high on FSU, Gosha is expected to take visits however. Tim Jernigan is a UF lean, but he will continued to be pursued until signing day and there is a puncher's chance that we can turn him. There has been recent interest in Homestead's Chavis Atkins and Tenorec's Terry Bell could factor here as well.


FSU landed an early commit here from Georgia's Terrance Smith. Smith could possibly grow into a DE, but right now is considered an OLB. The top target is Menendez's Tony Steward and he certainly favors FSU right now, but we will have to hold off just about everyone here as Steward is one of the most coveted players in the state.

Several other players hold offers from in-state: Plantation's Ryan Shazier, Coral Gables Denzel Perryman, and Kathleen's Gionni Paul. Lincoln's Javarius Allen could play LB, he is coming off an injury last year as a junior and he will be watched closely.

A number of out of state offers are out, we will keep you posted on who makes a summer visit and thus shows legit interest.

The number should probably be two after the terrific haul at LB in 2010 headlined by Jeff Luc and Christian Jones.

Treasure Coast's Keelin Smith
Geoff Vogt,


We were aggressive here early and it paid off with five early commits. Treasure Coast team mates Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus have the versatility to play anywhere in the secondary. Ridge's Karlos Williams brings a physical presence to the secondary. Lowndes(Ga) Tyler Hunter is another long DB with terrific athleticism. 6'4 Cortez Davis is the fifth commit, but he clearly seems the shakiest recently saying he was "75% committed". At this time, we do not count on him being in the class.

Depending on what happens with Davis, the Noles could be looking to add two more, most likely a pure CB and a another DB. The CB board features in-state targets Nick Waisome, Kevin Grooms, Robensen Therezie, Jabari Gorman, and Alex Dixon. We are on the outside looking in on Gorman, but are in good shape with the others on the list.

At Safety, we expect to land Port St. Joe's Calvin Pryor. The 6'2, 200 pound athlete would be a huge pick-up as we feel he has big time potential down the road.

If you are looking for a player that "could change everything" it would be Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix. The talented DB from Dr. Phillips might be the state's top Corner AND Safety. He is committed to Alabama, but he was once high on FSU and we are expected to fight to the end.

It is hard to imagine a scenario where we don't bring in six Defensive Backs this year.

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