- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Having not taken a quarterback in the class of 2013, Florida State will need to find a prospect they like out of the junior class.
NoleNation looks at five early names that are suitable candidates for the spot.
DeShaun Watson 6-2, 175 (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) - The Clemson commitment seems firm enough to the Tigers, but Florida State won't likely give up on him any time soon. Watson is on the ESPN Watch List for the class of 2014 and for good reason as he continues to post big numbers on the prep circuit. Florida State tried to get him down to Tallahassee for the Clemson game earlier in September, but Watson never showed.
D.J. Gillins 6-3, 185 (Jacksonville, Fla./Eagle's View Academy) - Regarded as one of the top, if not the top, quarterback in the Sunshine State for the class of 2014. Gillins, an ESPN Watch List member, camped at Florida State over the summer, but was not offered. North Carolina, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia have offered, though. Gillins did suffer an ACL tear in early September that ended his junior season prematurely.
Justice Hansen 6-3, 190 (Edmond, Okla./Sante Fe.) - Another ESPN Watch List member, Hansen has the early attention of Florida State and regional teams. Arkansas and Missouri have both already offered and Oklahoma is showing interest. Hansen visited Florida State in late September for the Clemson game, but has yet to be offered. Despite living halfway across the country, Hansen's interest in Florida State is strong.
Tyler Harris 6-3, 210 (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County) - Although he doesn't have any offers yet, Harris has gotten heavy interest from some of the top programs in the country already. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have all been sniffing around in addition to Florida State. The pocket passer has been included on the ESPN Watch List for 2014.
Luke Ward 6-3, 190 (Decaturville, Tenn./Riverside) - In the middle of SEC country, it isn't a surprise that Ward has gotten a lot of interest from the conference's best. Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State and Michigan are the other non-SEC teams in it, too. Ward has not received an offer from any school yet, but it appears that won't be too long off. He's a member of ESPN's Watch List for the class of 2014.
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