*Star rankings will be listed as (3)
Mobile St. Paul's quarterback Jacob Coker(3) moved up and is now ranked no. 38 in the country. He put on several impressive camp performances and possesses elite size. A strong senior season could see him approach the top 20. FSU is expected to stay in touch with Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett(3), he checks in as the no. 22 QB in the country.
Our two running back commits are rated about the same. Eric Beverly(3) is the no. 57 and Devonta Freeman(3) is the no. 61 RB in the country. These two appear to be heading in opposite directions as Freeman is expected to have a big senior year and Beverly will miss his with injury. Freeman clocked a sub 4.45 40 at FSUs camp this summer.
Scout's no. 1 OLB James Wilder(5) is choosing on Wednesday this week and the Noles are one of his three finalists. His impact would be immense not only to the position, but the class as a whole. Isaiah Crowell(no. 2), Aaron Green(no. 3), Mike Bellamy(no. 5), and Marlin Lane(no. 8) all have(or had) interest at one point.
St. Thomas's Rashad Greene(4) checks in as the no. 20 wide receiver in the country. That seems about right to us and he is expected to be a leader for the Raider's as they chase another state title. Kelvin Benjamin(4) is ranked slightly higher at no. 11 and there has been some mutual interest recently. It is possible that FSU could look to add some speed down the road.
While no tight end's are currently committed, Nick O'Leary(5) is the no. 2 ranked TE and Brandon Fulse(4) is ranked no. 13. O'Leary is widely considered one of the surest things in the nation and we sit in good shape for his signature. Fulse also has high interest and could help at TE or DE down the road.
St. Thomas's Bobby Hart(4) leads the way along the offensive line as he is ranked no. 9 at offensive tackle. Both Sterling Lovelady(3) and Trey Pettis(3) are listed as Centers and they are rated right next to each other at no. 10 and 11. Hart will have as much exposure as any player and stands a decent shot of closing the gap in the top 10. Pettis is in much better shape and we expect him to rise up the rankings by the end of the year.
We are still waiting for the first defensive end commitment, but Jermauria Rasco(5) is no. 3, Ray Drew(4) is no. 8, Aaron Lynch(4) is no. 9, and Giorgio Newberry(4) is no. 18. Bringing in two of the four would fill the need and three would be a home run. Ricardo Williams(3) and Anthony Rabasa(3) are further down the rankings at no. 46 and 52 respectively. Keep an eye on First Coast's Chris Terry II, he did not play as a junior, but checked in at 6'4, 250 at the start of practice and has the tools to be a great one.
The Noles have a pair of defensive tackles committed. Derrick Mitchell(3) and Nile Lawrence-Stample(3) are ranked in the same area at no. 33 and 37 in the country. Look for Mitchell's ranking to rise as he is showing early in his season that he is building on an impressive summer. His ceiling is in the top 15. NLS will find it tougher sledding as he is just learning the position. We expect to see consistent flashes of the player he can become.
As mentioned it is very possible that FSU lands Scout's no. 1 MLB and OLB with Wilder and Tony Steward(5). While Wilder could end up at running back, there is no question where Steward will play, he is a tackling machine. Terrance Smith(4) is ranked as the no. 20 DE, but could also play LB. We would not be surprised for a player with a strong senior year to make it into this class, Jefferson's Ramik Wilson(3) for instance.
In the secondary Karlos Williams(4) headlines the commits as the no. 7 Safety. Lamarcus Brutus(3) is the no. 30 at S followed by Tyler Hunter(3) at no. 41. Keelin Smith(3) is the only listed cornerback at no. 33 in the country. Smith is ranked too low and we would like to see him move up about 10 spots to a four-star.