Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Summer recruit wrap: Florida State
By Corey Dowlar
NoleNation looks at 10 themes of Florida State's 2014 recruiting class to date:
Wealth at linebacker
Kain Daub, Jacob Pugh and Delvin Purifoy provide the backbone of the FSU class at linebacker. All three are in the upper half of the ESPN 300.
Florida State's top three commitments in terms of ranking are all linebackers, so it's hard to say that recruiting at the position has been anything but a success. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) leads the way at inside linebacker. But Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) could make a run higher into the rankings from the outside linebacker spot. Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic) is the third-highest commitment and is also an outside linebacker.
Still a need at offensive tackle
Florida State is still waiting for that home run at offensive tackle. Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike) is the lone offensive tackle commitment for the class, but more and more it looks like Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) could move out there. Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central), Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) and Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College) are the top targets.
Full at wide receiver … or are they?
The Seminoles have Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis), Ryan Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona), JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern), C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) and Javonte Seabury (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek). That's quite a few, at first glance. But Worton and Robinson could easily end up signing elsewhere and Seabury might turn out to be more of a specialist with his speed than a receiver.
Defensive end(s) needed
Florida State feels very good about Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and his potential as a bigger defensive end. But they'll need one more at the position, maybe two. The Seminoles are waiting on Rick Leonard (Middletown, Md./Middletown) to make a decision very soon between FSU and Clemson. Adding a 6-foot-7 defensive end could go a long way toward fortifying the position.
Special teams feel in non-kicker class
Florida State won't be taking a kicker or punter in this recruiting class, but there is still a special-teams feel about it. Seabury is a burner and could be featured in the return game. And Stephen Gabbard (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby), a long snapper, was also given a scholarship.
Two quarterbacks … for now
There is really no question that J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) is the centerpiece quarterback in the Seminoles' class. But Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) is intriguing. He's led his team to a state championship and he's electric with the ball in his hands out in space. Listed as an athlete, he might be headed to wide receiver or corner.
Interstate 10 feel
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and company have done a great job for Florida State from Jacksonville across to Tallahassee and into Pensacola. Daub, Pugh, Purifoy, Jonathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian), McClain, Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) and Gabbard all fit those qualifications. That's a huge portion of the recruiting class already, and they might not be done along that stretch yet.
Defensive backs still to come
Malique Jackson (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County) was the first to really jump on after the June camp. He worked with Pruitt extensively, and the 6-foot-1 frame was too much to pass up. Trey Marshall gives Florida State a quality option at safety. But they'll need more in the secondary as they attempt to replace a star-studded group on the current roster.
A trio of defensive tackles
Defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins will replenish his group in this class. Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda), ranked No. 169 in the ESPN 300, became the third commitment late Monday night picking the Seminoles over South Carolina. Demarcus Christmas (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) is also a four-star prospect inside the ESPN 300. He's 6-foot-4 and about 275 pounds at the moment with a lot of room to build. The Seminoles also have Fredrick Jones (Miami/Miami Central), who was not a well-known player before committing last week.
Which big fish will jump in?
Florida State would love to grab Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), a five-star corner, and put him in the secondary next year. Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) doesn't seem likely, but he's a five-star talent. David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School) is a top talent at offensive tackle from inside the state. Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) will probably be on campus at least one more time. Will the Seminoles be able to get any of them? Time will tell.