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This week, we have a few questions that came in from our weekly Facebook live chats that happen every Wednesday night at 8:30 pm ET.
First up, we have Russell Menefee asking a question about the status of Florida State’s defensive line class and potential prospects who could be on the radar at that position.
Florida State has 4 defensive linemen currently committed, but the priorities right now for coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff appears to be keeping 4-star Snellville [Ga.] South Gwinnett defensive tackle Robert Cooper locked in with his commitment and potentially adding another defensive end to the class.
Let’s focus on the additions since Russell asked about names being on the radar.
I believe the main name to watch at this name is 3-star Kissimmee [Fla.] Gateway defensive tackle Dennis Briggs.
I believe that is the case for two reasons. One, he is a versatile lineman that can be a bigger defensive end in the Seminoles scheme or play inside if he continues to add muscle and size to his frame. Two, and perhaps most importantly, he has maintained in contact with the Florida State staff throughout his process and the Seminoles appear to be in a neck-and-neck fight with Miami for his services.
Another name to watch is 4-star Cordell [Ga.] Crisp County linebacker Quay Walker — who is currently committed to Alabama. Walker could potentially play defensive end at FSU if he were to flip to the Seminoles.
Next up, Mike Stillwell asks about Florida State’s chances to flip 4-star Yoakum [Tex.] receiver Joshua Moore, who is currently committed to Nebraska.
The 6-foot-1, 168-pound Lone Star State playmaker was originally scheduled to take his official visit for the Syracuse game earlier this month, but that visit was cancelled.
However, as detailed by Chris Nee of Noles247, Moore has rescheduled the visit for the weekend of Dec. 9.
Florida State was among his group of finalists when he chose the Cornhuskers back in June.
Moore has taken official visits to Alabama and Nebraska already.
The nation’s No. 17 receiver and the No. 82 player overall in the 2018 cycle is one of the main priorities for the Seminoles moving forward, mainly due to Florida State’s need for receivers in this class.
Moore represents one of the most explosive playmakers in this class, and getting him to reschedule his official visit is a major step in the right direction.
Assuming that he does make that visit, I think the Seminoles have a good shot to pull off the flip.
Finally, Seminole Turner asks about the outlook along the offensive line.
The answer here depends on how you choose to look at Florida State’s current class versus the potential of adding players to it.
If you judge the Seminoles three current commits — 4-star Warner Robins [Ga.] tackle Christian Armstrong, 4-star center Verdis Brown and 4-star guard Christian Meadows — by themselves, it’s a pretty solid class.
Of course, the Seminoles have to make sure to hold onto those three commits, but right now, none of them appears to be seriously entertaining other schools.
All three players are solid prospects who have the potential to be groomed into starting caliber linemen if they continue to develop when they arrive on campus. Armstrong and Brown are both early enrollees, which means they will arrive in Tallahassee in January.
However, it’s likely that the Seminoles staff wants to add at least one more prospect — preferably at tackle — to round out this class.
That’s where things get dicey.
While there are several targets that the Seminoles have identified as players they would gladly accept commitments from, that interest doesn’t appear to be reciprocated from any elite talents such as 5-star Fairfield [Oh.] tackle Jackson Carman, 5-star Moore [Ok.] Westmoore tackle Brey Walker , 4-star Apopka [Fla.] tackle William Barnes and 4-star guard Warner Robins [Ga.] Houston County guard Trey Hill to name a few.
Of that group, only Walker — who has been committed to in-state power Oklahoma since Nov. 2015 — has made to campus for a visit this fall. While his visit during the weekend of the NC State game went well, it’s hard to see him heading anywhere other than Norman for college.
Granted, things could change after the coaching carousel starts and stops in the coming weeks and months. It’s possible that a new name or two could emerge onto the Seminoles board late in the cycle.
However, as of now, it appears that the Seminoles main priority should be to make sure their three current commits are locked in with their commitments.