Florida State recruiting: Linebacker target has Seminoles in Top 9
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4-star LB Kalen Deloach trims list
Among the priorities on defense for Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff is to restock the roster at linebacker.
Taggart and defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett will enter the 2018 campaign light on depth at that position. That means taking a class of three or even four linebackers in the 2019 cycle isn’t out of the possibility.
One target on the Seminoles radar is 4-star Savannah (Ga.) Islands linebacker Kalen Deloach.
The 6-foot, 201-pound defender rates as the nation’s No. 24 outside linebacker and the No. 367 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Late Tuesday evening, Deloach dropped a list of his top-9 schools.
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— Kalen Deloach (@KalenDeloach) April 11, 2018
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M made the latest cut for Deloach.
The Seminoles hosted Deloach on a visit last month. Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee have also gotten him on campus in recent weeks.
Now that the Seminoles have made his latest cut, the next step will be to see when they can get Deloach back on campus.
Given their need at linebacker and the fact they have made his latest cut, Deloach is a prospect the staff will likely pursue aggressively moving forward.
Another LB target expected to visit this weekend
Yet another priority target for Florida State at that position is 4-star Gulfport (Miss.) linebacker Derick Hall.
The Seminoles offered him in February shortly after signing day. The 6-5, 210-pound defender rates as the nation’s No. 14 outside linebacker and the No. 218 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Last month, Hall dropped a list of his top-8 schools that included Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have gotten Hall on campus in recent weeks.
According to Noles247’s Zach Blostein (via Noles247’s Josh Newberg), Hall plans to be in Tallahassee this weekend for the Seminoles spring game.
— Derick Hall II9️⃣🎒 (@derick_hall5) April 11, 2018
The Seminoles have been aggressively pursuing Hall since they offered him, and this weekend’s visit will be critical in his recruitment if they hope to remain on his short list of suitors.
As a junior, Hall recorded 34 tackles — including 5 tackles for loss with 6 quarterback hurries, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, according to MaxPreps.
If the visit goes well, Hall could emerge as one of the primary targets for the Seminoles at linebacker over the next few months.
Seminoles offer Auburn WR commit
While the defense is searching to add talent and depth at the linebacker spots, the offense is looking to do the same at receiver.
The five-man receiver class that was signed in February will help alleviate depth issues this fall, but Taggart and his staff are likely to want to sign at least three receivers in this class.
The Seminoles have been aggressive in casting a wide net with receivers in the 2019 cycle, but they have yet to land any commitments.
It appears the staff is still in the evaluation phase as they have handed out another offer this week.
— .1 (@geo_Thagoat) April 10, 2018
On Tuesday, Florida State offered 4-star Hoover (Ala.) receiver and current Auburn pledge George Pickens.
The 6-5, 199-pound Pickens, who committed to the Tigers last July, rates as the nation’s No. 20 receiver and the No. 111 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Although it will be tough to pry him away from his Auburn commitment, it appears as if he’s left the door slightly open with his process. Last weekend, he took a visit to Florida.
According to Noles247’s Chris Nee, there is a possibility Pickens makes it to Tallahassee this weekend to check out the Seminoles.
If that visit occurs, the Seminoles could enter the picture as a serious option for Pickens in the event anything changes with his commitment to the Tigers.
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