NoleDigest Dandy Dozen

Florida State is nearing a numbers crunch as they continue to recruit for the 2011 class. NoleDigest looks at the top 12 targets remaining that the Seminoles have a shot at.

Florida State is sitting at 14 commitments for 2011, and the expectation is for the coaches to look to sign around 6-8 more for the class. The ‘Noles remain in contention for some of the premiere players in the country this year. NoleDigest looks at the top 12 targets remaining on the board.

DL Tim Jernigan: Jernigan is arguably one of the top targets overall in the 2011 class, and he is a major target for the Seminoles because he plays a position the coaches have put a premium on over the past few years. Florida has long been the favorite for Jernigan, and he should still be at this juncture. FSU has seen Jernigan at camp the past 3 years, and he has made several visits during that same time span. The coaches are working hard to show Tim the opportunity to play early, but like the other programs chasing Jernigan they have a hill to climb.

Wilder would be a huge get for FSU.
Chad Simmons,

RB/LB James Wilder: Wilder's exploits are well covered, thus there is really no explanation needed as to why he is a top-flight player for 2011. There's been a lot of debate on where Wilder is a fit at; some think he is a power back while others think he has a higher ceiling as an outside linebacker. Wilder himself wants to play in a pro-style offense. FSU has been a school James has visited a few times this year, and he is intrigued by Fisher's offense. Wilder is looking to commit by the end of July, and it looks like Florida has solidified their spot as the favorites at this time.

LB Tony Steward: A recruitment that was once thought to be cake has become a battle for FSU. Steward was singing some very high praises about FSU after Junior Day in February. A recent visit to Clemson has thrown a wrench into all of that as now Tony is claiming the Tigers are the favorite. While the Seminoles signed some elite kids last year at linebacker, they will be loosing 2 seniors this year and Nigel Bradham may leave early for the NFL. FSU will have to turn up the heat and get him back on campus. FSU is firmly locked in as a player in Steward's recruitment.

RB: Isaiah Crowell: Crowell has been mentioning FSU in his top 4 with Alabama, Georgia and Clemson with Bama and the Bulldogs in the lead. We've heard that Isaiah has interest in the Seminoles but he hasn't visited yet. There've been a few times when he was expected to make a visit but wasn't able to. FSU showed him a good time in February, and it looks like they get a crack at him on July 17th as he is expected to visit that weekend. Coach Fisher will play a big role in Crowell's recruitment. FSU is looking for that "elite back". Isaiah fits that bill to a "t".

TE Nick O'Leary: O'Leary is college ready right now; leaving many recruitniks feeling he is a true can't miss kid. FSU has been recruiting Nick hard for 2 years, and it is paying off. While Alabama has made a little bit of a run and Georgia is showing heavy interest, this looks like a classic FSU vs. Miami recruiting battle. FSU is great shape at this time.

DE Jermauria Rasco: Rasco came to camp last month, leaving pleased enough that he plans to visit in the fall officially. Rasco has been on the recruiting scene since a strong sophomore season. Rasco plays the run well, and he is a very good pass rusher off the edge. FSU really likes Jermauria, and they are in the thick of things with schools like LSU, Alabama and many others. Those close to him feel LSU and Bama are at the top.

DE Ray Drew: Drew's recruitment is one of the more hotly debated ones on FSU message boards. Defensive end is the number one focus for this class, and Drew has been right there as the top target for FSU. Drew has looked at other programs over the past month and it seems FSU has lost some ground. Drew has denied rumors that FSU has fallen off the radar as some have said, but he hasn't been visiting as much as he has other schools. FSU's new direction is what Ray is learning about when it comes to FSU. While we may not know Ray's true plans until he signs, it looks like schools like FSU, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, etc are in the thick of things.

OL: Bobby Hart: As long as nothing extraordinary happens FSU should be gaining Hart's commitment by the end of summer. Bobby would be one of the top linemen FSU has landed coming out of high school in quite some time.

JUCO OL Jacob Fahrenkrug: Coach Trickett went to North Dakota State twice during the spring evaluation period. The tackle/guard prospect dominated as a freshman last year. After early reports stated FSU had a good shot Jacob hasn't really said much in terms of his recruitment. FSU would like to land 5 linemen for this class, so getting a college ready linemen like Fahrenkrug would be a coup for Trickett and FSU.

FSU made a big impression this week on Lynch.
Geoff Vogt,

DE Aaron Lynch: FSU has made a run at Lynch over the past month or so. Lynch is one of the top players in Florida this year, which is scary considering many feel Aaron is just starting to tap his potential. Lynch is an athletic big man who just physically dominates high school linemen. Notre Dame has been on top for some time, and Florida showed Lynch a lot on his recent visit. After his visit to FSU this past week it looks like Lynch really is starting to give the ‘Noles a very hard look.

CB Nick Waisome: FSU has 5 committed defensive backs right now, but corner is still a position the coaches are looking to replenish with quality players. Waisome proved this spring that he is one of the best this year. Waisome isn't the biggest corner in the class but few can cover man-to-man like him. Waisome trimmed his list to a top 7 at the end of May, and he recently has stated he is leaning towards ending his recruitment sooner rather than later. Florida and FSU are recruiting him the hardest.

DT Lonnie Gosha: Gosha listed as a DE in's database but FSU is looking at him as an interior lineman. Gosha was committed to FSU for about 48 hours in late March, later deciding to re-open his recruitment due to "rushing" into his decision. FSU is still pursuing Gosha hard and he is a top target for them. Since the whole commit/decommit thing Lonnie hasn't done many updates so it is tough to get a true read where he is at right now with his recruitment.

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