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Florida State coach Willie Taggart appears to have a recruiter for the Seminoles 2019 class in 4-star quarterback commit Sam Howell.

Florida State recruiting: QB commit earns Under Armour All-America Game invitation

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Sam Howell dazzles at Under Armour Camp

It’s no coincidence that Florida State’s run of commitments that saw the Seminoles surge into the top 5 of the 247Sports team rankings began with a pledge from 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell.

Half of the Seminoles’ 10 pledges came this month, with Howell — who rates as the nation’s No. 4 pro-style passer and the No. 100 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — kicking things off just days ahead of the Seminoles spring game.

In addition to helping the Seminoles build their 2019 class, Howell has been busy competing on the camp circuit.

He’s already earned a spot in the Elite 11 finals. On Sunday, he participated in the Under Armour All-America camp in Charlotte, N.C. By the end of the event, he was the only prospect in attendance to walk away with a coveted invitation to participate in the 2019 Under Armour All-America game in Orlando, Fla., in January.

As detailed by 247Sports’ John Garcia Jr., Howell displayed a strong arm with an ability to consistently be accurate with his passes throughout the day. In short, he looked the way one of the top passers in the 2019 cycle is supposed to look in a camp setting.

Garcia also noted that Howell remains firm with his commitment to the Seminoles, despite still hearing from other programs. Additionally, he’s working to help fill out the Seminoles offensive line class, and he mentioned 4-star IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) tackle Evan Neal and 4-star Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.)  guard William Putnam as two targets he’s trying to convince to join him in Tallahassee.

With Howell dazzling on the camp circuit and seemingly locked in with his commitment, it appears as if the Seminoles have a premier talent who is willing and able to be the face of their 2019 class.

2020 recruit planning FSU visit

While Howell was the top target for Florida State in the metro Charlotte area for the 2019 class, the player who could occupy that spot in the 2020 cycle could be 4-star Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School defensive end Jacolbe Cowan.

The 6-5, 250-pound prospect rates as the nation’s No. 3 strongside defensive end and the No. 37 prospect overall in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports. He’s already amassed more than 25 offers heading into his junior season.

Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State are among the schools that have offered him.

Over the last few months, Cowan has taken visits to Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.

As noted by Garcia, Cowan has plans to see at least two other schools in the summer: Alabama and Florida State. No dates have been finalized.

The Seminoles have a big need for defensive ends in the 2019 cycle, but that position is one in which defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett and his staff are likely to prioritize in every cycle moving forward.

Whenever that visit materializes, it will be interesting to monitor how Cowan feels about the Seminoles.

Seminoles target commits to SEC power

Florida State is used to schools coming into the state of Florida and battling the Seminoles for talented recruits.

However, the Seminoles are one of a handful of schools that recruit the state of Georgia hard on an annual basis. Other programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are just some of the other out-of-state programs that are active in the Peach State.

One 2019 prospect who earned an early offer from the Seminoles is 4-star Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy athlete Jaylin Simpson.

The 5-11, 185-pound standout can play multiple positions at the next level, but most schools have recruited him to play defensive back in college.

The Seminoles had Simpson on campus twice since the beginning of March. Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State and South Carolina were among the other schools recruiting him, but he chose to pledge to Gus Malzahn’s Tigers on Monday.

Simpson rates as the nation’s No. 28 athlete and the No. 319 player overall in the 2019 class.

He’s a nice pickup for the Tigers, and his presence in their class could help them in their quest to land his prep teammate and 4-star receiver Jashawn Sheffield.

The Seminoles are still pursuing Sheffield, but Auburn hosted him last weekend, and this latest news could strengthen the Tigers chances of landing another potential difference maker from the Peach State.

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