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Clemson means big FSU recruiting weekend

9/20/2012

Florida State's 2012 schedule is conducive to a BCS bowl run with the absence of a lot of tough challenges. And for that reason, several national analysts have the Seminoles as their pick to attend the national title game in Miami.

What the schedule isn't, though, is full of marquee home games.

Saturday's matchup with Clemson, a top-10 contest that will likely decide the ACC Atlantic Division, qualifies as one -- if not the biggest. Keeping that in mind, it is also a perfect opportunity for the Seminoles to have some of their biggest targets on campus.

NoleNation looks at some of the guests Florida State will be entertaining this weekend in Tallahassee.

Top uncommitted prospects

Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil

Notes: The nation's top offensive tackle prospect will head over from Lake City to take in the game as an unofficial visit. Alabama and Georgia are his leaders, but a good visit could open the door for Florida State.

Five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander

Notes: Florida State would really like a shutdown cornerback in the 2013 class, and Alexander fits the bill. He's not certain to attend Saturday, but might come up with his brother Mackenro, who says he will definitely attend.

Four-star defensive end Tim Williams

Notes: If Williams makes it to campus, it'll likely be for his official visit. Florida State has some work to do, with LSU and Miami leading the way for him, but a good showing on this visit could go a long way.

Four-star safety Leon McQuay III

Notes: McQuay's visit will be of the unofficial variety this weekend. He will see how this trip goes before deciding whether he'll make a return trip for an official. Michigan, Oregon, USC and Vanderbilt are also firmly in the picture.

Defensive end Za'Darious Smith

Notes: This juco defensive end is probably one of the keys to the 2013 class because he is physically able to come in and immediately contribute. He has been high on the Seminoles for a while, though he recently visited Mississippi State.

Four-star wide receiver Taj Williams

Notes: The local product will make the short trip to Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU coaches seem to like him on either side of the football, as he is also capable of playing defensive back.

Four-star defensive tackle Deadrin Senat

Notes: Senat, a one-time commitment to Florida State, will head up to Tallahassee yet again this weekend. While there's a ways to go in defensive tackle recruiting, he could find his way back into this class.

Committed players coming in droves: It's never a bad strategy to have plenty of commitments on hand for a big visit weekend. Florida State will do just that as plenty of the 2013 verbals will be on campus, and even some from 2014 and 2015, too.

2013 commits expected to attend: Ira Denson, Ryan Green, Ryan Hoefeld, Isaiah Jones, Austin Golson, Tony Stevens, Ro'Derrick Hoskins, E.J. Levenberry, Tyrell Lyons, Freddie Stevenson, Marquez White and Jesus Wilson.

2014 commits expected to attend: Jake McCrary, J.C. Jackson, C.J. Worton and Denzel Ware.

2015 commits expected to attend: Derwin James and DeAndre Johnson.

Some notable uncommitted underclassmen: Nick Glass, Elisha Shaw, Lorenzo Carter, Tony James, Sony Michel, Sherrod Pittman and Moral Stephens