Florida State recruiting: QB target plans return visit to FSU
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David Baldwin aims to return to Tallahassee “real soon”
With three quarterbacks on scholarship entering the 2018 season, Florida State is in the rare position of potentially needing two passers in the 2019 cycle to replenish the depth chart.
Last month, the Seminoles picked up a commitment from 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell.
The Elite 11 finalist is one of the nation’s top talents in the current cycle, so the commitment was significant and took the pressure off coach Willie Taggart and offensive coordinator Walt Bell in terms of filling the need at the position.
However, the Seminoles are in the mix for a handful of quarterbacks they hope will join Howell in this class.
One such prospect is 3-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback David Baldwin.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound passer, who hails from California, took an unofficial visit to Florida State last month for the Seminoles spring game.
According to 247Sports’ Greg Biggins, a return trip to Tallahassee is in the works for Baldwin. Although an exact date is not set, Baldwin expects the visit to occur “real soon.”
As Biggins noted, four schools have joined the Seminoles among the group of programs currently pursuing Baldwin the hardest. Indiana, LSU, USC and Washington State are the schools actively in the picture with him at this stage.
With his list narrowing, a decision could happen before his senior season begins.
With the Seminoles planning to bring him in again soon, Baldwin appears the primary name to watch for the second quarterback spot in the Seminoles 2019 class.
WR target sets commit timeline
Another position the Seminoles are hoping to add depth and talent to is receiver.
Thus far, Florida State has a pledge from 4-star Dunnellon (Fla.) receiver Maurice Goolsby. However, the Seminoles could take two or three more receivers in the 2019 cycle.
One of the top options on Florida State’s board is 4-star Nashville (Tenn.) Franklin Road Academy receiver Lance Wilhoite.
The 6-2½, 186-pound playmaker rates as the nation’s No. 23 receiver and the No. 125 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The Seminoles got him on campus in March, and it went well enough that he put them on his short list. Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, Ohio State and Tennessee are among the schools in the mix for the top overall prospect from the Volunteer State in the 2019 cycle.
It appears Wilhoite is nearing a final decision. He took to Twitter to announce that a decision will come by the end of July.
I will be Committing🔒 at the end of July. There is no set date yet, but I’ll release it as soon as my family and I decide‼️
— Lance Wilhoite⁶𓅓 (@swaggylance) May 17, 2018
As a junior, Wilhoite caught 69 passes for 1,089 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A key factor to watch will be if he makes any visits between now and the time he commits. If the Seminoles get him on campus between now and then, it’s safe to say they have a realistic shot of landing him. Without one, it’s likely that he would head elsewhere.
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