With college football's national signing day inching closer, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our latest “Finish Line” feature, 247Sports and Noles247 take a look at what left for Florida State in the 2013 cycle, which is a class currently with 17 commitments.
Miami defensive tackle commitment Keith Bryant could end up being a Florida State-South Carolina battle.
Keith Bryant, DT, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic
The Miami commitment will take official visits to Florida State and South Carolina, and continues to be very open in the process despite being committed to the Hurricanes. The 6-foot-1, 292-pounder was on campus in Tallahassee last weekend.
Noles247.com’s Josh Newberg on Bryant’s recruitment: “He's been committed to Miami for nearly a year (January 2012), but has let it be known he's going to weigh his options. Besides Miami, he's focused his attention on South Carolina and Florida State. Bryant visited South Carolina earlier in the year for their game against Georgia and he was in Tallahassee this weekend on an unofficial visit to see the FSU-UF rivalry game. He's yet to make an official visit to FSU, which means the 'Noles staff will get one more crack at him in January.”
Leon McQuay III, S, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
McQuay is one of the more interesting recruitments coming down the home stretch in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has already visited Oregon, Michigan and Florida State with trips remaining to USC and Vanderbilt with many believing FSU and Vanderbilt have the best chance to ink the Top247 playmaker.
Newberg on McQuay’s recruitment: “Safety is a big need in 2013 for Florida State and Leon McQuay III is their top target. McQuay's recruitment has been slow and methodical, but has picked up over the past few weeks because he's an early enrollee. The main players are Oregon, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Michigan and USC. McQuay will take official visits to all five before announcing at the Under Armour game. Only Vanderbilt and FSU received both an official visit and unofficial visit this fall. Music will play an integral part in his decision, distance will not.”
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Tunsil is one of those special prospects that teams fight until the end for, and that is certainly the case for in-state Florida State and Florida. As of today, both programs have a lot of ground to make up to beat Alabama and Georgia for the 6-foot-6, 295-pounder.
Newberg on Tunsil’s recruitment: “Tunsil has had lukewarm interest in Florida State throughout his recruitment. The 'Noles have managed to hang around his top five through the spring and summer and were recently made the cut for his top three along with Georgia and Alabama. He's likely headed to the SEC, but as long as FSU can bring him in on an official visit in January, they still have a legit shot.”
Alex Collins, RB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation
The former Miami commitment is considering four schools with the Seminoles being one of the quartet. The explosive playmaker and Top247 prospect is thought to be leaning to the Seminoles.
Newberg on Collins’ recruitment: “Florida State plans on taking two running backs in 2013. After landing Ryan Green in the summer, they've turned their focus to South Plantation all-purpose back Alex Collins. Fresh off his de-commitment from the Miami Hurricanes, the feeling is Florida State leads Wisconsin and Miami. Collins has not made any public comments since de-committing, but the feeling is a decision could come sometime soon.”
Matthew Thomas, OLB, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
While Thomas continues to have a list of five teams that are under consideration, it will be a surprise if the 6-foot-3, 210-pounders decision doesn’t come down to Florida State and home-town Miami with a signing day decision still expected.
Newberg on Thomas’ recruitment: “Although he maintains his top schools are all equal(Alabama, Georgia, Miami, FSU and USC), Florida State was Thomas' leader throughout the summer and into early-fall. The five-star linebacker has not taken any official visits and does not plan to until he season is over, which means he'll be taking all of his visits in January. Thomas has not scheduled any trips, but told Noles247 last week that he knows of three -- Alabama, Florida State and Georgia. A final decision will come on Signing Day.”
Tony Stevens, WR, Orlando (Fla.) Evans
The one-time Florida State commitment took an official visit Nov. 16 and will also take officials to Ohio State and the Seminoles. While the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Stevens is taking a serious look at other programs, most believe he will end up signing with Florida State.
Newberg on Stevens’ recruitment: “The on-again-off-again Florida State commitment may very well end up inking with Florida State, but not before flirting with a few schools first. Last weekend Stevens took an official visit to Texas A&M and plans on seeing Ohio State in the future. The FSU staff is recruiting Stevens as if he's uncommitted and we expect this recruitment to go down to the wire with him eventually signing with FSU.”