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I almost feel like recruiting has 2 seasons. The season that takes place from March to August, where there are JR Days, Spring Games, and Summer Camps, and tons of commitments. Then that season is over, and the actual football season starts, recruiting takes a back seat. Then, everyone's season comes to an end and a new recruiting season starts. One where uncommitted players start taking their visits and where you find out if the commitments you got from March to August are solid or not. Are they visiting places, have they decommitted all together? This post is supposed to show where we stand for all of our targets...
QB: John Franklin - Solid Commitment (yes, I know, more of an ATH)
RB: Ryan Green - Solid Commitment
WR: Jesus Wilson - will visit Oklahoma St., and WVU
WR: Isaiah Jones - Solid Commitment
WR: Levonte Whitfield - claims he will visit Miami, Ohio St., Oregon, WVU, and of course Florida State
OL: Austin Golson - will visit UNC, FSU, then Bama
OL: Ira Denson - Solid Commitment
OL: Ryan Hoefeld - Solid Commitment
DE: Davin Bellamy - Solid Commitment
LB: Tyrell Lyons - Solid Commitment
LB: Ro'Derrick Hoskins - Solid Commitment
LB: E.J. Levenberry - visited OU, I don't think he is visiting anywhere else
LB: Freddie Stevenson - Solid Commitment
DB: Michael Johnson - Solid Commitment
DB: Marquez White - has visited Minnesota, will visit Alabama and Tennessee as well as FSU
DB: Adrian Baker - will visit Clemson and OU, FSU gets last visit
RB: Alex Collins - will visit FSU, UM, and UF (FSU is the leader in the clubhouse)
WR: Tony Stevens - will visit Ohio St., and FSU; has already visited A&M (named A&M and FSU top 2)
WR: Stacey Coley - will take all 5 visits; FSU leads by a lot
TE: Arshad Jackson - will visit FSU, if Auburn keeps Trooper Taylor, he stays there
TE: Jeremy Kerr - will visit Miami, then FSU; has already visited UConn
OL: Trenton Brown (JUCO) - has already visited UF, Airzona, and OU. FSU got an unofficial, UF leads
OL: Laremy Tunsil - will visit UGA and Bama, FSU will probably get one too
OL: Roderick Johnson - UF/FSU are top 2, will probably visit both
OL: Jermaine Eluemenor (JUCO) - apparently is not eligible
OL: Denver Kirkland - has already visited Ole Miss and FSU; will also visit Miami and WVU
DE: Marcus Hardison (JUCO) - has visited ASU, will visit WVU and KSU, Texas Tech and FSU could get visits; ASU leads
DE: Desmond Hollin (JUCO) - no set visits, will probably visit FSU
DE: Tim Williams - no set visits, but will probably go to Bama, FSU, and Miami; wouldn't count LSU out
DT: Keith Bryant - has visited Purdue, will visit FSU, Miami, and South Carolina
DT: Deadrin Senat - no set visits yet
LB: Matthew Thomas - will visit Alabama, FSU, and Miami
DB: Mackenzie Alexander - has visited A&M and Clemson; FSU probably out
DB: Priest Willis - has visited Nebraska, UVA, and FSU, and will visit LSU and UCLA
DB: Taj Williams - no set visits, listed Alabama, FSU, Louisville, and South Carolina as top 4
DB: Leon McQuay III - has visited Vandy, Oregon, Michigan, and FSU; will visit USC; most think it is Vandy, USC, or FSU
**** Update from Tom Loy in thread ****
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Tom Loy 19 months ago
"Some people think football is a matter of life and death, I assure you, it is much more serious than that."
Great stuff Croz. Really broke everything down nicely.
-I'd consider Levenberry a solid commitment.
-Eluemunor is officially a 2014 recruit now.
-I'd consider Whitfield a solid commitment
-I'm starting to hear Collins to UF more and more... Would be very tough to say no to Gran though.
-Talked with Arshad about that and I don't think it's as cut and dry as what was reported on Taylor this AM.
-I think Trenton Brown is just about a done deal to UF
-I think if FSU pushes, Hardison will be a Seminole
-I don't believe any of the "LSU dropped Tim Williams" stuff. I think he chooses from LSU & FSU
This post was edited by Tom Loy 19 months ago
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Surprised you think we have a shot at Williams. Care to elaborate more on what is going on with him?
Williams, as Chris Nee can attest, has been extremely difficult to get ahold of for any updates, but in talking to people and paying attention to things, I think he will end up at FSU or LSU. That could change, but that's how I feel at this time.
Thx, Crozea, for the effort on putting this together, & thx to Tom for the updates!
good post man........appreciate the effort
Bump for those that may have missed this from Croz.
Bump for update?
Hey I doubt Whitfield visits Miami they are not recruiting him.
As Far as Tim Williams I think we are still recruiting him but Bama is well in Play so you might want to add them as well.
So now that we're getting down to the end, it looks quite possible that we won't sign a full OL class (if indeed we need five to consider it full), and this after signing ZERO HS kids last year? Come on, man!
Question for the mods/board: if we fail to sign five O linemen, do you view this OL class as a failure? If so, why do you think we continue to fail in recruiting in this area? I've never been on the "fire Trickett" train, but if our main weakness on offense is consistently the OL, and our one area of weakness in recruiting is consistently the OL...I may end up buying a ticket here pretty soon.
*Disclaimer: I do really like the kids we currently have committed, and if we finish with our last two targets mentioned in the last update then obviously this post should be disregarded b/c that OL class would be dirt nasty.
Bama was mentioned with Tim Williams.
Really, down-voter? Lol, if you disagree with this post, which was meant to create discussion using some logical, valid points, why don't you speak up? Also, what grade are you in?
This year our main weakness is not the OL.
In fact, we are looking very strong on OL for next year barring multiple injuries. Considering how our QB played [and I am a huge EJ fan], his lack of pocket presence and how much time he took to throw the OL did remarkably well for their youth and inexperience.
I think any consideration on our "failure" to recruit OL is premature at best.
After signing day, we will have a better understanding of how we did this year and can look at the last 4 years result from Jimbo's reign. That is the only perspective that counts for me. All the past issues were the result of BBs recruiting as far as I am concerned and not relevant to Jimbo.
IMO, fixing an OL issue takes multiple classes and several years of player development.
No doubt, going forward Jimbo and Trickett own it.
Very good points, and yes, the next two years should be great for us on the OL. Also, right on about this issue taking multiple years to fix. I concede that my reaction was premature.
On paper however (if we miss on Kirkland and Tunsil), we will have signed three HS kids in two years, and two JUCO's, one of whom only had one year of eligibility. Yes, Watson is a star, but if it shakes out in the most negative possible way, which is quite possible, then those numbers look pretty dismal - again, on paper. I could be wrong about this though.
Another question:What is the ideal number of OL to have on the roster? If we only sign three in 2013, we will have 16 on the roster next fall - eleven of which will be upper classmen. Again, we look to be set up for a superior OL over the next two seasons, but the 2013 class should be looking to start in 2015, which, as I write it, is really too soon to start fussing over, and far too far away to make any type of prediction or judgement. Lol.
Obviously the Klepal situation was unexpected.
That said, I would not consider this OL recruiting class a failure if Golson, Denson, Hoefeld are brought in. All three will contribute early (although I don't believe in year one, which is a good thing) and all will do well at Florida State.
I also think that Kirkland signs with FSU and things are trending upward with Tunsil.
If all 5 players sign with FSU, most would consider it the top OL class in the country.
Thanks Tom. As asked above, what is the ideal number of OL to have on the roster?
I would say 16, give or take one or two.
Don't get all twisted about the down votes or up votes. Anytime you talk about the offensive line you will get reactions.
Note my immediate down vote by suggesting we are OK at OL! Just takes up space talking about it.
I have a question Tom. I see you still believe FSU leads for Matthew Thomas, can you please let us know why? Everywhere I read or look I see people say FSU leads but then I see videos with him throwing up DA U and hear him talk with high regard about them in articles and videos.
Just because you are a fan of a school, doesn't mean you will attend that school or believe it is the best fit for you and your future.
Thomas is a big Hurricanes fan, but in the end, I think he can see the writing on the wall and that he could end up more successful on Florida State's defense.
Don't get me wrong though, no matter where he goes, he'll have success. Kid is a big time prospect.
Absolutely agree with this. Happens all the time, I guess Im shocked to see so many analysts have us ahead when the kid loves the school that is in his own back yard and he is from Booker T. I havent felt good about him or Kirkland all along for these reasons alone. I hope Im wrong.
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