Florida State recruiting: 2 Seminoles commits added to The Opening roster
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DE, CB pledges earn coveted invites to summer camp showcase
With 10 commitments already on board, Florida State enters the summer with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
The Seminoles class currently ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the ACC just behind Atlantic Division rival Clemson.
The Seminoles hold eight commitments that rate among the nation’s top 300 prospects overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
With that type of firepower headed to Tallahassee, it would only make sense that the Seminoles would be well-represented during the summer camp showcases set to take place in the coming months.
One such event is The Opening, which is widely recognized as one of the highlights of the summer camp circuit.
This year’s event will be held at The Star in Frisco, Texas, from June 30-July 3, and it will have some Seminoles flavor with a handful of the 2019 class members in attendance.
Longtime commit and 5-star Palm Beach Central (Fla.) cornerback Akeem Dent had already clinched his invitation early in the process.
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 19, 2018
The 6-foot-3½, 277-pound Fuller rates as the nation’s No. 20 strongside defensive end and the No. 257 player overall in the 2019 class.
He’s been committed to the Seminoles since February 2017, but he hasn’t shut the door on other schools in his process. He took an unofficial visit to Florida State earlier this month, which seemed to help the Seminoles’ case in keeping his commitment.
With that said, it’s worth noting that he tagged Georgia coach Kirby Smart in the tweet announcing his invitation to The Opening. His recruitment is likely to be one that remains fluid over the coming months.
— Renardo Malcom Green (@nado2times) May 17, 2018
Meanwhile, Green — who committed almost instantly after earning his offer last month — rates as the nation’s No. 34 corner and the No. 383 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
The 6-foot, 170-pound in-state defender will get a chance to bolster his standing as one of the elite defensive backs from the Sunshine State when he competes against the nation’s top skill players at the event.
They could be joined by 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell in Texas. He will compete in the Elite 11 finals competition on June 1-3 in Redondo Beach, Calif., where the field of 24 top passers will be whittled to 12. The quarterbacks that make the cut will head to Texas to take part in The Opening.
Overall, the presence of the Seminoles pledges is further proof of the job that coach Willie Taggart and his staff have done in assembling one of the nation’s top classes to date.
SEC WR pledge plans on returning to Florida State
Florida State’s receiver board has been quite fluid since the beginning of the spring.
The Seminoles took a commitment from 4-star Dunnellon (Fla.) receiver Maurice Goolsby last month.
The most likely scenario for Taggart and receivers coach David Kelly is to add two or three more receivers to round out this class.
One player the Seminoles were able to get on campus last month is 4-star Hoover (Ala.) receiver George Pickens. He was in town for the Seminoles spring game just days after receiving an offer from the Seminoles.
The 6-5, 199-pound standout has been committed to in-state power Auburn since last July, but his recruitment has continued to pick up steam as Alabama and Oregon offered him earlier this month.
— John Garcia, Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) May 20, 2018
According to 247Sports’ John Garcia Jr., Pickens plans on returning to Tallahassee at some point in the near future. He also mentioned Alabama, Michigan, Oregon and potentially South Carolina as upcoming visit destinations.
Of that group, the only trip that is locked in is an official visit to see the Wolverines in June.
Despite the fact that Pickens is keeping his options open to other schools, pulling him out of the state of Alabama will be an extremely difficult task.
However, getting him on campus multiple times is the Seminoles’ best chance to pull the nation’s No. 15 receiver and the No. 95 player overall in the 2019 class.
Seminoles offer 2019 tight end
If there’s one position in the 2019 class where Taggart and his staff have been selective in handing out offers, it’s at tight end.
Heading into May, the Seminoles had offered just four prospects at the position.
On Friday, a fifth name was added to the group.
The Seminoles offered 3-star Fairfield (Ohio) tight end Erick All.
— Erick All Jr. (@eallindi83) May 18, 2018
The 6-4, 225-pound All rates as the nation’s No. 26 tight end and the No. 650 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
He currently holds 23 offers with programs such as Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin among those he’s considering.
Tight end is a position where the Seminoles have some depth, and they are only slated to lose one senior off this year’s team. However, there’s been little traction with any top targets in the 2019 cycle to this point.
For the Seminoles to have any shot to get him out of Big Ten territory, the staff would need to get him on campus either for an official or unofficial visit.
For now, it appears the staff wants to expand the board in hopes of finding at least one tight prospect for this class.
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