Have Florida State football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. You can tweet @Sanjay Kirpalani or @NolesDieHards with your questions. Join us every Friday for the Florida State DieHards recruiting mailbag to discuss Seminoles recruiting. This week, we discuss Florida State’s chances of flipping a talented target currently committed to an SEC power, the Seminoles prospects at offensive line in the 2020 class and whether the 2019 or 2020 class will have a more lasting impact on the future of the program.
First up, we have Jordan Cloutier asking about Florida State’s chances with 4-star Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County athlete Trezmen Marshall.
Jordan, I can’t speak for the staff. But, I can analyze a few things based on what we know as to how Marshall’s recruitment has played out so far.
So let’s start with the obvious: It’s very tough to pull a player out of the state of Georgia if that player has committed to the Bulldogs. Kirby Smart and his staff are on a roll, and Marshall pledged to the Bulldogs on April 27.
The reason for Jordan’s inquiry is Marshall ‘s visit to Tallahassee this week. Marshall also made an unofficial visit to Florida State to catch a spring practice in April.
The occurrence of two unofficial visits is noteworthy considering the need the Seminoles have at linebacker. While Marshall is a two-way standout who also could play running back, most schools involved in his recruitment, including the Seminoles, see him playing linebacker at the next level.
In summation, the Seminoles have laid the groundwork to be a major player in his recruitment, especially if anything changes his status with the Bulldogs.
For now, he’s definitely a target worth keeping tabs on moving forward.
Next, Mitch Wade asks about Florida State’s prospects along the offensive line in the 2020 cycle.
Well, Mitch, I think Seminoles offensive line coach Greg Frey is still evaluating prospects in the 2019 cycle, so I’m not sure how deep he is into the 2020 class yet.
But, let’s take a look at what we know. Florida State has offered 14 offensive linemen in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports. Of those, 11 are tackles, a position that figures to be the greater need for the Seminoles, and three are guards.
Of that group, only one player is currently committed and six are from the state of Florida. So let’s start there.
All three visited during the spring. Rivers made it to a spring practice in March. Braun and Herring came in February for the Seminoles junior day.
At guard, a player to keep an eye on is Homestead (Fla.) South Dade’s Jose Mirabal. As with the three players noted above, Mirabal also made it to campus during the spring. He was offered during a March 27 unofficial visit to campus.
It’s still a little early in the process because offensive line is one of the toughest positions to evaluate. As such, other names will emerge. However, the in-state players are a good place to start with realistic targets at this stage for the 2020 class.
Finally, Glenn Rainey asks which class will leave a better legacy, 2019 or 2020?
Glenn, that’s an interesting question. To be honest, the true answer will not be known for many years down the road.
I understand, in theory, what you are trying to ask.
The Class of 2019 represents the first full cycle for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart and his new staff. Taggart has done a phenomenal job so far injecting life back into the program after the tumultuous ending of the Jimbo Fisher era seemingly sapped any ounce of positivity the former Seminoles coach had built.
In less than two months, Taggart rescued a 2018 class that had plummeted to No. 64 in the rankings and finished with the nation’s No. 11 class, thanks to a furious finish on National Signing Day.
The Seminoles have the nation’s No. 5 class for 2019 and are in the mix to sign the nation’s top class this cycle.
If the Seminoles have a big year on the field and win 10 or more games, that momentum is going to grow from a recruiting standpoint. That could mean big things for the 2020 class.
However, given the unknowns ahead, my answer is the 2019 class.
This first group will set the foundation for Taggart’s program. Even if the 2020 class ends up being a higher-profile group, it will benefit from the class the staff is working on now. That’s what makes the next few months so important for the future of the program.
Taggart is known as an ace recruiter. How he closes this class will be an indicator of the health of the Seminoles program moving forward.