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4-star corner Jeremiah Criddell announces top 5
After taking four defensive backs in the 2018 class, it appears as if Florida State will take at least four, if not more, in the 2019 cycle.
That’s because coach Willie Taggart and his staff have already secured commitments from three defensive backs, 5-star West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central corner Akeem Dent, 3-star Madison (Fla.) Madison County corner Travis Jay and 3-star Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva corner Renardo Green.
However, one similarity the new defensive staff has with the previous one is that it values versatility among defensive backs. That means it is likely to recruit players who can play more than one position in the secondary and figure out their eventual landing spots after they arrive on campus.
That brings about the possibility that another corner could find his way into this class.
One player likely among the remaining priority options for the Seminoles in the secondary is 4-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei corner Jeremiah Criddell.
On Wednesday, Criddell announced that he cut his recruitment to five schools: Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington.
This is for Ej, Jace and Nalah!
— J4 (@JayCriddell) April 18, 2018
The Seminoles offered him two weeks ago while he was on an unofficial visit to campus. Florida State is also a factor for his prep teammate and 4-star running back Sean Dollars.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Criddell rates as the nation’s No. 6 corner and the No. 69 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
With the Seminoles now among his group of finalists, it appears as if he will be someone Florida State pursues aggressively until he arrives at a conclusion in his recruitment.
4-star corner DJ Turner has Seminoles in top 11
Criddell isn’t the only corner on the Seminoles short list at this stage of the process.
Another top remaining target is 4-star Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett corner DJ Turner II.
The 5-11, 170-pound standout rates as the nation’s No. 26 corner and the No. 280 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
On Tuesday evening, Turner trimmed his list of more than 30 offers to 11.
— DJ Turner II (@djturner_2019) April 17, 2018
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and Stanford made his latest cut.
Turner was one of a handful of prospects to make it Tallahassee for the Seminoles junior day in February. He’s also visited Clemson and Florida in recent months.
Getting him to return to campus will likely be the first step toward ensuring the Seminoles have a shot to make his next cut. The next step in his process could be setting up his official visits.
With Florida State running out of room for defensive backs, it will be interesting to see how the board for players at both corner and safety work out moving forward.
2020 WR target trims list
Earlier in the week, Miami lost a commitment from 2020 4-star Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard receiver Leonard Manuel.
The 6-4, 200-pound in-state standout is one of the top playmakers in the 2020 class as he currently checks in as the nation’s No. 2 receiver and the No. 13 player overall in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports.
Manuel wasted little time in resetting the primary options in his recruitment as he cut his offer list of more than 30 programs to 11 on Tuesday evening.
Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas all made his latest cut.
— DANGER🤫🚫 (@Begreatliltone2) April 17, 2018
As a sophomore, Manuel recorded 40 receptions for 678 yards and 9 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Taggart and his staff were able to get Manuel on campus in March. Georgia was the last program to get him on its campus, which came last weekend.
The Seminoles have placed an emphasis on restocking the receiver unit ever since Taggart and his staff arrived in Tallahassee.
Now that he’s shortened his list, Manuel figures to be one of the top targets at that position in the 2020 cycle.
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