Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes his experience recruiting in Louisiana will help land a pair of DBs
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‘Noles on short list for LSU 4-star CB pledge Kelvin Joseph
Despite having four defensive backs committed for 2018, Florida State and coach Jimbo Fisher remain in hot pursuit of more elite secondary prospects.
The 6-foot-1 1/2, 191-pound DB from Baton Rouge, La., has been committed to the hometown Tigers since February 2016. However, that hasn’t stopped other Power 5 schools from actively recruiting him.
On Monday evening, Joseph announced that he will consider only four schools moving forward in his recruitment — Alabama, Florida, Florida State and LSU. He’s also a potential candidate to sign early in the new December signing period.
I will be focusing on these 4 schools until signing day Alabama , Florida State , LSU & Florida .
— fat🤣 (@_theylovefat) August 7, 2017
As a junior at Scotlandville Magnet High School, Joseph tallied 72 tackles — including 7 tackles for loss — to go with 5 interceptions and 2 sacks. He also was responsible for 3 defensive touchdowns.
Normally, the odds of plucking an LSU commit out of Baton Rouge would be close to impossible. But the Seminoles may have a sliver of hope — for a couple of reasons.
For starters, there’s Fisher’s history of recruiting in the state of Louisiana dating back to his days as an LSU assistant. He was an ace recruiter on the Tigers staff as an offensive coordinator from 2000-06, working for both Nick Saban and Les Miles.
And more recently, the Seminoles landed cornerback and New Orleans native Kyle Meyers in the 2016 cycle, and they also currently hold a commitment from 3-star Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.) safety Israel Mukuamu.
Whether Joseph follows their path to Tallahassee remains to be seen.
The main factor to watch with Joseph is whether visits anywhere other than LSU in the coming months. Of the other three schools he’s still considering, only Alabama has been able to get him on campus, according to his 247Sports timeline. With that nugget in mind, I believe the Tide have the best shot of the group to pull Joseph away from their SEC West rivals.
Still, with Joseph showing interest in the Seminoles, he’s an option worth monitoring as long as he leaves the door open in his recruitment.
Regardless of his decision, I don’t think the Seminoles are done recruiting defensive backs in the 2018 cycle.
Along with Joseph, other names to watch in the secondary include 5-star corners Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell, 4-star corner Houston Griffith, 4-star safety and current LSU pledge Nadab Joseph, and another Louisiana native whom we will get to shortly.
3-star DB Joseph Foucha includes Florida State in Top 7
Sticking with Louisiana defensive backs, Florida State was one of seven programs to land among the finalists for 3-star safety Joseph Foucha.
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— JSF7️⃣ (@joe_foucha) August 7, 2017
Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Kansas and LSU join the Seminoles on the short list for the New Orleans native and McDonough 35 High School standout — who has 25 offers to his credit. He ranks as the nation’s No. 32 safety prospect and the No. 379 player overall in the 2018 cycle.
He has some familiarity with the Seminoles program, having visited Tallahassee last month for the second summer session of the Jimbo Fisher camp.
Foucha recently broke down his favorites in a wide-ranging interview with SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman.
As Spiegelman detailed, Foucha plans to announce which five schools he will officially visit later this week, with his decision to follow on National Signing Day. Three schools that may have a good shot to land those visits are Alabama, Florida State and LSU since they hosted Foucha on campus just last month.
As for the ‘Noles, he said he specifically enjoyed working with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly during the camp in July.
“Those three teams have a lot of players in the league and also come from defensive-minded guys,” Foucha explained to Spiegelman. “Those three schools are known for defense like Nick Saban is a defensive coach, Coach O [LSU coach Ed Orgeron] is a defensive guy and Coach Kelly at Florida State. When I went out to camp there, we linked up and I did my thing and everything went well there defense-wise.”
Another school that appears to be in a good spot with Foucha is SEC heavyweight Auburn — which happens to be the favorite, according to Foucha’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Auburn holds 67 percent of the projections.
If Foucha does schedule an official visit to Florida State, it could be a signal of the strength of the mutual interest between him and the Seminoles. If FSU doesn’t land one of the visits, it’s likely he doesn’t end up in Tallahassee.
Despite limited spots left in the secondary and a number of talented prospects remaining on the board, Foucha is an intriguing option who could come into play for the Seminoles down the stretch of the 2018 cycle.
LB target Rosendo Louis sets decision date
One of the main areas of focus for Fisher and his staff in the 2018 class will be shoring up the linebacker position.
The Seminoles have a commitment from 4-star outside linebacker Amari Gainer. Additionally, 3-star defensive end pledge Patrick Joyner could end up at outside linebacker, with the Seminoles assuming he sticks with his original pledge.
But Florida State would like to add more quality and quantity at the spot by the time National Signing Day rolls around.
One target who will come off the board sooner rather than later is 3-star in-state standout Rosendo Louis.
According to Andrew Ivins of InsideTheU (via Josh Newberg of Noles247), the 6-1, 225-pound player from Deerfield Beach High School plans to make his choice on Aug. 16 — with Miami, Oklahoma and South Carolina among other programs, such as Florida State, heavily linked with Louis.
— 42™〽️ (@RJ_DREAMCHASER) July 20, 2017
As a junior, the nation’s No. 21 inside linebacker and the No. 453 player overall in the 2018 class registered 118 tackles — including 8 for loss — with 4 sacks and 4 pass breakups.
The Seminoles appear to be trending with Louis; he was on campus last month for the Seminoles’ second summer camp session. Florida State has more than 65 percent of the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Given Florida State’s need for linebackers in this class and with Louis’ plans to announce his decision set, Florida State has to feel good about its position with him.