Florida State recruiting: 2 top targets push back commit date
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RB Sean Dollars, CB Jeremiah Criddell to announce May 20
May 13 was originally the date that two of Florida State’s top targets were supposed to announce their commitments.
Since Willie Taggart has taken over as the Seminoles’ coach, he and his staff have bolstered Florida State’s presence on the West Coast. Specifically, the staff’s activity in the state of California has been noticeable.
The two were originally scheduled to announce their commitments on Mother’s Day, but Dollars tweeted that the ceremony will take place a week later on May 20.
Commitment has been postponed to May 20th have a good Mother’s Day!
— Sean Dollars (@SeanDollars) May 10, 2018
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Criddell rates as the nation’s No. 6 corner and the No. 46 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. His five finalists are Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington. He was offered by the Seminoles in April during an unofficial visit while he was on campus in Tallahassee.
Meanwhile, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Dollars rates as the nation’s top all-purpose back and the No. 128 player overall in the 2019 class. Florida State, Georgia, Nevada, Oregon, USC and Washington are the six schools awaiting his announcement. He joined Criddell on the April visit to Tallahassee and has a long-standing relationship with Taggart dating to the coach’s days at Oregon.
Heading into the announcement, the Ducks were the heavy favorites to land both, with the Seminoles thought to be running second.
Still, as Noles247’s Josh Newberg noted, the Seminoles’ staff made a visit to Mater Dei this week.
While it’s unclear whether pushing the announcement back has to do with any potential changes in the decision-making process or if the staff’s visit changed things, expect the Seminoles to continue to recruit the duo regardless of the school they choose next week.
Seminoles commit makes weekend visit to campus
As the second-longest tenured member of Florida State’s 2019 recruiting class, 4-star Lehigh Acres (Fla.) High School defensive end Quashon Fuller is familiar with Tallahassee.
That doesn’t mean getting him on campus is any less important to the status of his future as a part of the Seminoles class.
The 6-foot-3½, 277-pound in-state defender made his way back to Florida State’s campus on Saturday.
Wassup Nole Nation did you miss me 📍👋👋 #GoNoles
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 12, 2018
Fuller, who rates as the nation’s No. 19 strongside defensive end and the No. 256 player overall in the 2019 cycle, has been open about his interest in listening to other schools that are continuing to recruit him.
Fuller has taken recent visits to programs such as Auburn, Georgia and Miami. Florida is also another school showing interest in recruiting Fuller.
The timing of his visit is important given the interest he’s receiving from other programs and where the Seminoles stand with their class and the defensive end position.
Fuller and fellow 4-star Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage defensive end Mike Morris are the two ends currently committed in the Seminoles class. If both players were to stick with their pledges, the staff’s focus moving forward would be on quicker, rangier pass rushing prospects at the position.
According to Noles247’s Chris Nee, the visit went a long way toward repairing a relationship between Fuller and the Seminoles. That’s an important development to the board if he were to be a solid commitment moving forward.
For now, it seems as if the visit is a good sign for the strength of his commitment, but that could change depending on whether he continues to seriously entertain other programs in his recruitment in the coming months.
Seminoles offer Gators WR pledge, prep teammate
The recruiting rivalries between the big three schools in Florida are always going to be some of the more intense battles in the country.
However, with Florida State and Florida having new coaches and Mark Richt having restored Miami to a level of national relevance in 2017, the importance of those battles will only grow over the next few years.
— Dionte Marks (@yg_coolieee) May 12, 2018
Over the weekend, Taggart and his staff offered 3-star DeLand (Fla.) receiver and current Gators commit Dionte Marks. The staff also offered his prep teammate and 2020 4-star athlete Avantae Williams — who de-committed from an early pledge to the Hurricanes last week.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Marks, who has been committed to Florida since February, rates as the nation’s No. 91 receiver and the No. 677 player overall in the 2019 class. He also holds offers from Florida Atlantic, UCF and West Virginia.
— Tae Williams (@SlowDownBoy7) May 12, 2018
The 6-foot, 170-pound Williams, who had been a Hurricanes pledge since February 2017, rates as the nation’s No. 5 athlete and the No. 82 player overall in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports. He holds nearly 20 offers, with programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC having already tendered him.
The next step for the Seminoles will be to see if they can get both prospects to Tallahassee in the coming months. If a visit occurs, both players could become targets to watch in the future.
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