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Florida State is hoping to close out its class with a handful of recruits on National Signing Day, including 4-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison.

Florida State recruiting: Can Seminoles pull 4-star ATH Tre’Shaun Harrison from across the country?

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Seminoles trending with Seattle standout

One player that Florida State is hoping to land on National Signing Day is 4-star Seattle Garfield athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound two-way standout, who the Seminoles are recruiting to play receiver, rates as the nation’s No. 7 athlete and the No. 160 player overall in the 2018 cycle according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He was once committed to Oregon when Willie Taggart was leading the Ducks program, but he reopened his recruitment shortly before Taggart departed to take the Florida State job.

In January, Harrison took official visits to Utah, Tennessee, Oregon and Florida State.

The Seminoles got him on campus last weekend, which is the final visit period before Signing Day, and now Harrison will announce his destination on Wednesday.

The Seminoles have a major need at receiver, and it’s clear that Harrison has a strong relationship with Taggart and likes the way he fits in his Gulf Coast offense.

But is that enough to make Harrison leave Seattle and spend the next four years of his career in the Sunshine State?

It’s a question that makes Harrison one of the most intriguing recruits worth watching on National Signing Day, according to Brandon Huffman of 247Sports.

Speaking with VSporto’s Recruitniks podcast, Huffman broke down why he feels that is the case.

“What makes his [recruitment] so fascinating, is that from the state of Washington, outside of one quarterback several years ago, [no one] has ever gone to Florida State. I think Oregon expected to lose some of those southern commits, some of those Florida commits, when Willie Taggart left. They never thought they would lose a kid like Tre’Shaun Harrison who is four hours up the road.”

Regardless of what Harrison decides, Huffman expects Taggart and the Seminoles to continue to be active in recruiting the West Coast in the years to come.

“If Harrison were to spurn Oregon, he never really looked at Washington when he de-committed, to go clear across the country to Florida State, I think that is one of those one of those indicators that Willie Taggart is going to try to come back out West each and every year for the next few years and try to get some of those guys. So, he’s very fascinating too just because that one is a guy that, typically, if you look at it from a geographical location, Oregon should win that one over Florida State. But Willie Taggart has positioned himself to maybe steal one from Oregon’s backyard to get him to go across the country when there are a lot of players of equal talent or comparable talent in the state of Florida.”

Top 2019 OL earns Seminoles offer

While the Seminoles are in the midst of trying to close out the 2018 cycle, Taggart and his staff are also keeping an eye out for talent in future cycles.

On Monday, the Seminoles offered 2019 4-star Tampa (Fla.) Plant tackle William Putnam.

The 6-4, 280-pound lineman rates as the nation’s No. 16 tackle and the No. 103 player overall in the 2019 cycle per 247Sports.

At this stage of his recruitment, he’s compiled more than 25 offers with schools such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State among the programs who have already offered him.

New Seminoles offensive line coach Greg Frey figures to be active in the 2019 cycle since it will be his first full cycle. It’s also worth noting that Putnam was offered by Michigan last summer when Frey was on the Wolverines staff.

Frey visited Putnam last month when the staff was making its rounds through the Tampa area, as detailed by Josh Newberg of Noles247.

The next step with Putnam is sorting out his visit schedule in the spring. The Seminoles will be one of many programs hoping to get him on campus in the coming weeks and months.

Rundown for Seminoles’ top remaining 2018 targets

With National Signing Day upon us, Florida State is prepping for what could be a furious close to its 2018 recruiting class.

Taggart and his staff have steadily built momentum and enter the final stretch with 16 commitments.

There are at least eight prospects that the Seminoles are still heavily recruiting, and the class could add as many as six more prospects depending on how their decisions play out on Wednesday.

Who are the main targets to keep an eye out for and when and how will they make their announcements?

Let’s take a look at each of the Seminoles top remaining prospects on the board and their announcement plans heading into Signing Day.

*all times EST

Andrew Chatfield

Hometown (High School): Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 221 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 35 defensive tackle, No. 213 overall

Finalists: Florida, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma

Announcement time, plan: 10 a.m., TV on ESPNU

Jamarcus Chatman

Hometown (High School): Rome, Ga. (Rome)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2.5, 258 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 35 defensive tackle, No. 505 overall

Finalists: Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Announcement time, plan: 11:30 a.m., ceremony at Sports & Social Atlanta

James Foster

Hometown (High School): Montgomery, Ala. (Lanier)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 12 dual threat quarterback, No. 270 overall

Finalists: Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M

Announcement time, plan: TBD, video via AL.com

Anthony Grant

Hometown (High School): Buford, Ga. (Buford)

Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 17 running back, No. 401 overall

Finalists: Florida State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech

Announcement time, plan: 7 a.m., ceremony at Buford

Tre’Shaun Harrison

Hometown (High School): Seattle (Garfield)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 7 athlete, No. 160 overall

Finalists: Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah

Announcement time, plan: 10:45 a.m., ceremony at Garfield

Malcolm Lamar

Hometown (High School): Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 9 strongside defensive end, No. 222 overall

Finalists: Florida, Florida State

Announcement time, plan: 10 a.m., ceremony at Armwood

James Miller

Hometown (High School): Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-1, 225 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 33 inside linebacker, No. 878 overall

Finalists: Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Marshall, Oregon, South Florida

Announcement time, plan: 10 a.m., ceremony at Armwood

Jordan Young

Hometown (High School): Conyers, Ga. (Heritage)

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Position rank, overall rank: No. 65 receiver, No. 385 overall

Finalists: Florida State, Tennessee

Announcement time, plan: 1 p.m., ceremony at Heritage

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