Florida State recruiting: 5-star LB Nakobe Dean plans to visit Seminoles
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Top LB target scheduled to be on campus Wednesday
Linebacker is arguably the greatest position of need remaining for Florida State in the 2019 cycle.
If that is the case, the argument can be made that the top remaining target for Seminoles coach Willie Taggart and his staff is 5-star Horn Lake (Miss.) linebacker Nakobe Dean.
The 6-foot, 216-pound Magnolia State defender rates as the nation’s top inside linebacker and the No. 27 player overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Dean currently holds more than 20 offers. He’s taken recent visits to programs such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, and even visited Clemson on Monday.
Dean is scheduled to arrive in Tallahassee for the first time on Wednesday, according to Noles247’s Josh Newberg.
As a junior, Dean recorded 147 tackles — including 27 tackles for loss with 9 sacks.
The importance of this visit can’t be overstated given the Seminoles’ need. With four of the Seminoles’ seven scholarship linebackers entering their junior year, it’s vital to the health of the position to land potential impact players capable of playing early.
While it will be tough to pull him out of his home state, the Seminoles’ chances hinge on impressing him on this visit. Showing him how he can be successful on and off the field is a good starting point.
As Dean told GigEm247’s Damon Sayles, his decision will come down to fit.
“I’m all about playing football and learning from great coaches, but I’m looking for getting a good education,” Dean told Sayles. “I want to be successful anywhere I go. I really have no bad choices; it’s all about which choice is best for me.”
Dean is likely to sign in December. That means a reasonable goal for the staff should be to earn one of his official visits.
4-star DE Derick Hunter will be on campus this weekend
Despite having two defensive ends already committed in the 2019 class, Florida State is pursuing multiple pass rushers to round out what is another major need.
One of the primary targets is 4-star Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Derick Hunter.
The 6-foot-4, 276-pound pass rusher rates as the nation’s No. 13 strongside defensive end and the No. 186 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Hunter has more than 40 offers entering the summer, and he’s taken recent visits to programs such as Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Miami. Those four programs, along with Florida State, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M recently made the list when he cut his group of suitors down to eight schools.
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He’ll return to Tallahassee this weekend after visiting in February for junior day.
It’s a good sign for the Seminoles that Hunter is making his way back to Tallahassee. He already has a tight bond with his recruiter, linebackers coach Raymond Woodie.
Working on generating that type of relationship with the rest of the staff, specifically with defensive ends coach Mark Snyder, could go a long way toward helping the Seminoles win out in this recruiting race.
DE commit lists top-10 schools
The recruitment of 4-star Lehigh Senior (Fla.) defensive end Quashon Fuller has been a bit of a roller coaster lately.
On Sunday, the 6-3, 277-pound defender announced a list of top-10 schools.
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— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 20, 2018
While Fuller mentions that he’s still committed to the Seminoles, he also states he’s “still open for new opportunities.”
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Miami and Tennessee joined Florida State as the schools he’s focused on.
Fuller rates as the nation’s No. 20 strongside defensive end and the No. 257 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
He’s been committed to Florida State since February 2017, and he’s visited Tallahassee twice since new Seminoles coach Willie Taggart took over the program in December.
The latter of those two visits came earlier this month. As detailed by Noles247’s Chris Nee, the visit went well, but Fuller exited Tallahassee with plans on maintaining contact with other programs.
Where his recruitment goes from here likely hinges on what transpires over the next few months. He’s set on taking visits, so it’s possible that he finds a situation he likes better than the one he has with the Seminoles.
As for Florida State, the Seminoles have another longtime pledge committed at his position in 4-star Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage defensive end Mike Morris.
It’s likely that the staff continues to pursue Fuller in hopes of keeping him. However, if he opts to head elsewhere, the Seminoles could turn to their bigger need of rangy, athletic pass rushers to fill the position.
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