Friday, October 25, 2013
Recruits watching NC State-Florida State
By Jared Shanker
It is not the sexiest matchup on Florida State’s schedule. It is sandwiched by Clemson last week and Miami on Nov. 2. But the Seminoles have a litany of visitors coming to Tallahassee, Fla., for the NC State game, including the top commitment from a rival school.
Following the 51-14 prime-time drubbing of Clemson last weekend, the Seminoles’ arrow is pointing up with recruits. There will be four official visitors on campus. Here are 10 prospects who will be watching Florida State closely Saturday, whether from the seats in Doak Campbell or at home on the couch.
Dalvin Cook remains committed to Florida, but could Florida State pry him away?
RB Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central): He contends he is 100 percent committed to the Gators, but Cook is making the trip north to Tallahassee for an official visit this weekend. It is the second of three official visits scheduled to locations other than Gainesville, Fla. The Gators’ offense is sputtering. On the opposite side of the spectrum are the Seminoles, who have impressed the No. 4 running back nationally with a high-powered offense led by Heisman candidate Jameis Winston. A successful visit to Florida State and another flop by Florida and Cook’s commitment to the Gators could be in question.
CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover): The five-star defensive back was in Clemson last week and watched the Noles’ defense thrash the Tigers’ high-powered offense. Humphrey especially liked what he saw from the cornerbacks, tweeting about the Noles’ unit. He will not be in Tallahassee this weekend, but Florida State looks like a much more viable option now than it did a few weeks ago. It will be tough to sign Humphrey from the Tide, but Florida State and fellow Alabama native Jameis Winston are posing a legitimate threat.
OT Jordan Prestwood (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western College): An under-the-radar name, Prestwood has a handful of BCS offers but is not a name generally talked about when it comes to the Noles’ offensive tackle recruiting. It looks as if Prestwood could be commitment No. 26 by the end of the weekend, though. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound lineman is originally from Tampa, Fla., so the Seminoles have the in-state advantage, although Prestwood is playing in Arizona at the moment. The Noles need offensive line help and are willing to go to the juco ranks for it. Prestwood is not your typical juco recruit for FSU, though. He signed with the Noles out of high school.
OT Brock Ruble (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic): Long considered a heavy Maryland lean, Ruble recently set up an official visit to Florida State. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher offered back in the spring, but Ruble rarely seemed like a realistic option for the Noles. Now that Ruble will be making it to Tallahassee for an official visit -- his second time visiting -- Florida State could take the lead for the 6-foot-9 lineman.
DE D.J. Pettway (Pensacola, Fla./East Mississippi C.C.): The former Alabama lineman landed at East Mississippi after he was dismissed from the Crimson Tide program following a second-degree robbery charge. Pettway was a productive player for Alabama during its 2012 title run. Pettway clearly is a talented player -- he collected a sack against Notre Dame in the BCS title game -- and the Noles are always looking for more talent along a historically very impressive defensive line. Florida State has not offered a scholarship to Pettway, however.
QB J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic): He is already committed to Florida State, so his presence will go a long way in possibly securing future commitments. It always helps to have commitments working on the remaining targets, and no position is more important than quarterback. Cosentino has been committed to the Noles for quite some time, but living in Pittsburgh, he really has only been able to work on Montae Nicholson. Now he will be in Tallahassee, and rest assured he will be in the ear of those offensive tackles and Dalvin Cook.
WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman): He will not be in Tallahassee, but he is projected to the Seminoles on the Hot Board. Florida State looks to be the leader, although his recruitment is not quite over yet. Florida and Miami could make a run, as well as several more SEC schools. With offensive performances such as the one FSU put up against Clemson last weekend, though, it definitely has the caught the attention of the ESPN 300 receiver.
RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom): The ESPN 300 running back was not a name being thrown around Florida State circles until this week. Mixon was seriously considering the Gators, but it did not look as if the Seminoles were really in the running despite a need at the position. That changed following the big win over Clemson and now he is going to make an official visit for the Miami game Nov. 2. As long as the FSU offense continues to impress, Mixon will continue to look at Florida State as a legitimate option.
DE Garrett Williams (Orlando, Fla./First Academy): Williams is an ESPN Junior 300 prospect for the 2015 class. Florida State has offered, and Williams is high on the Seminoles already. Clemson and Florida State stand out for Williams, so FSU already made a good impression with last weekend’s result. Williams visited Florida State earlier this season, and it would not be a surprise if he makes it back to FSU at least once more before the season ends.
ATH Jaylin Hayward (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby): The Seminoles do not like losing talent from their own backyard, and Hayward is right down the road in Tallahassee. Hayward, an ESPN Junior 300 prospect, will attend the game although he is already familiar with Florida State. The Seminoles will be in a fight for Hayward, however. LSU has made a strong impression, and Florida and Miami have also offered. Florida State missed out on big-time DB Travis Blanks (Clemson) out of Tallahassee in 2012, and you can bet Jimbo Fisher has vowed to never let something like that happen again.