Florida State recruiting: QB target eliminates Seminoles
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4-star QB Jayden Daniels cuts list to 8 schools
One thing for Florida State fans to watch in the next few months will be the quest for a second quarterback commitment.
Last month, the Seminoles earned a pledge from 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell.
But with just three quarterbacks on scholarship for the 2018 season, adding two to restock the roster appears to be a priority for coach Willie Taggart and offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
At the time Howell committed, he was one of three quarterbacks being heavily pursued by the Seminoles. The other two were 4-star San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels and 4-star Bridgeport (Conn.) Avon Old Farms quarterback Taisun Phommachanh.
Since that time, Phommachanh has committed to Clemson while the Seminoles’ status with Daniels has been somewhat of a mystery since Howell’s commitment.
It appears as if there’s clarity on that front.
Earlier this week, Daniels tweeted that he had cut his list to eight schools.
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The Seminoles failed to make the cut. Instead, Daniels is down to California, Georgia, Nebraska, Penn State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Utah.
With Daniels seemingly out of the equation, to whom do Bell and Taggart turn now?
Baldwin visited for the spring game last month and has plans to return to campus soon. LeGendre — currently committed to Kansas — made it to Florida State’s campus last weekend, according to Tomahawk Nation’s Bud Elliott.
The Seminoles might have a chance to get the quarterback situation settled before the 2018 season begins.
Seminoles to host top 2020 tackle
Another major need for Florida State in the 2019 class is shoring up the offensive line, particularly at tackle. And while the 2019 class is still being sorted out, the Seminoles are already searching for O-line help in future cycles.
The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Johnson is ranked the nation’s top tackle and the No. 7 player overall in the 2020 class by 247Sports.
Johnson has 40 offers heading into the summer, including one from the Seminoles, which came in February.
For Florida State to have any chance of pulling the state of Ohio’s top overall prospect in the 2020 class, getting him on campus is paramount.
It looks as if that opportunity will come fairly soon.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Johnson has scheduled a slew of visits, starting with Alabama on June 2. He will get to Auburn the next day and then head to Tallahassee on June 4.
Among the programs he’s seen recently are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Pitt.
While it will be a tough task to pull Johnson from the Midwest, the Seminoles are likely to have a very appealing depth chart to sell at the tackle position.
Seminoles offer in-state DB
Even though Florida State has three cornerbacks already committed in the 2019 cycle, the Seminoles’ recent activity with prospects at the position suggests that they want at least one more cornerback in this class.
On Wednesday, the Seminoles offered Melbourne (Fla.) Eau Gallie cornerback Jarrad Baker.
— jarrad baker jr. (@JrJarrad) May 23, 2018
Like Smith, the 6-foot, 175-pound Baker has yet to earn a ranking from the major recruiting services. He is, however, approaching 25 offers heading into the summer. He’s a versatile athlete who plays on both sides of the ball for his prep team.
Florida State joins Georgia and Louisville as programs that have offered Baker in May. He also holds offers from programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Pitt and Tennessee.
The Seminoles are the first of the big three in-state schools to offer Baker, which could represent a significant development in his recruitment.
Getting him on campus likely is the next step.
These recent offers could be a confirmation of sorts of new defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett’s plans to use his defensive backs in multiple positions. It’s unlikely the Seminoles would take four true corners in one class, especially after taking three corners in the 2018 class.
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