An in-depth look at some of the visitors expected at Florida State this weekend.
Humphrey is the top cornerback in the nation.
Defensive back standouts
Has this ever been done before? The top four cornerbacks in the nation, according to the 247Sports.com rankings, are all expected on-campus at Florida State on Saturday. The four, in order, are Hoover (Ala.) five-star Marlon Humphrey, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra five-star Adoree’ Jackson, San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt five-star Arrion Springs, and Beaumont (Texas) Ozen five-star Tony Brown. Jackson, Springs, and Brown are coming in on an official visit while Humphrey is unofficially visiting.
Humphrey is the top cornerback on Florida State’s board. The Alabama legacy is considered by most to be a lean to the Crimson Tide, but his close relationship with Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has the Seminoles in the thick of it. Springs is an Oregon commitment. Brown is considered a lean to LSU, where his sister is attending school and running track. Jackson, according to the Crystal Ball, is a battle between Florida and USC.
Packed official visitor list
In addition to the three cornerback official visitors, Florida State is expected to bring in an additional seven other prospects for an official visit. The list includes commitments such as Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington four-star athlete Treon Harris, Purvis (Miss.) four-star wide receiver Markell Pack, and Fayetteville (N.C.) Smith three-star two-way lineman Arthur Williams, all Florida State commitments.
As far as uncommitted prospects, FSU is expected to welcome Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon, Washington (Pa.) four-star running back Shai McKenzie, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp four-star wide receiver Josh Malone, and McCalla (Ala.) McAdory three-star strong-side defensive end Cory Thomas. At this time, Florida State has work to do with all four of the uncommitted prospects in order to receive a commitment.
Huge unofficial visits
Mavety is an immediate contributor at the next level.
There are a handful of unofficial visitors from the 2014 class that are names at the top of the board at important positions for Florida State.
For example, the top junior college offensive tackle target for the Seminoles is Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. four-star offensive tackle Chad Mavety. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound lineman is making his way to Florida State for an unofficial visit. He officially visited over the summer.
A pair of teammates from New Orleans (La.) John Curtis, four-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre and four-star safety Mattrell McGraw are both coming in for a visit. Dupre, who is considered an LSU lean, has been very impressed with the play of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. McGraw, who is considered an Oregon lean, visited Florida State over the summer.
Another wide receiver near the top of the board, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman four-star Travis Rudolph, is also expected. Rudolph, formerly a Florida lean, is heavily considering the Seminoles following a summer visit to Tallahassee that opened his eyes.
A couple of top defensive targets from the Peach State will also be in Tallahassee in Norcross (Ga.) five-star weak-side defensive end Lorenzo Carter and Stockbridge (Ga.) four-star wide receiver Kendarius Webster. Florida State has work to do with Carter while they are in a tight battle with Ole Miss for Webster. Georgia is also looming with Webster.
Preview of the Class of 2015
At least 30 top targets from the Class of 2015 are expected in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. Many of them are early top targets for Florida State at their respective positions.
The talented group includes commitments such as Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast three-star dual-threat quarterback De’Andre Johnson, Haines City (Fla.) four-star safety Derwin James, and Cape Coral (Fla.) Island Coast three-star strong-side defensive end Marlon Gonzalez.
Jefferson is one of Florida's best in 2015.
Other top targets on offense include talented running backs such as Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School four-star Jordan Scarlett and Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy four-star Kerryon Johnson. Talented receivers such as Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Bay Tech four-star Deon Cain, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln four-star John Burt, and Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch four-star Shawn Burgess-Becker are expected. Legacy tight end Garrett Williams, a four-star from Orlando (Fla.) The First Academy, is another familiar face.
The offensive and defensive lines will be represented by five-star talent such as Apopka (Fla.) five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey, Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson, and Albany (Ga.) Westover five-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson.
Even more young talent
The 2015 class isn’t the only one with some great representation expected at Florida State on Saturday. The 2016 and even 2017 class will also be on the sidelines before kickoff.
The 2016 class will be represented by standout wide receivers such as Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla’s Keith Gavin and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School’s Sam Bruce. National target Isaac Nauta from Buford (Ga.) is an early candidate for top tight end in his class. Savanna (Ga.) County Day School athlete Demetris Robertson is also expected.
La Vergne (Tenn.) freshman running back Maleik Gray will headline the 2017 class.