Florida State recruiting: Seminoles add 4 commits during spring game weekend
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4-star 2019 prep teammates among newest members of Seminoles class
With Florida State holding its annual spring game this weekend, there was a buzz among the recruits in attendance at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Given that it was the first glimpse of the Seminoles under new coach Willie Taggart, there was a different level of excitement among fans and recruits alike.
That excitement paid off on the recruiting trail, as the Seminoles added four commitments on Saturday — two of which came from 2019 prospects who are teammates at prep powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The first piece of big news came from 4-star guard Dontae Lucas, who entered the weekend as a Seminoles lean.
Home is where I’m at and home is where my HEART is. My HEART is in Tallahassee and #NoleBlood runs through it!!! I can’t wait to #DoSomething and I’m a #Nole !!!! 🍢🍢🍢 #Committed #GetDownOrLayDown #GoNoles #Tribe19 #LetsGooooooo pic.twitter.com/neCPiqa6TB
— Dontae Lucas (@7totha8) April 14, 2018
The 6-foot-3, 323-pound in-state lineman rates as the nation’s No. 8 guard and the No. 146 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
He chose Florida State over Alabama, Florida, Miami, Oregon and South Carolina, among others.
Not to be outdone, his prep teammate, 4-star linebacker Jaleel McRae, entered the weekend hoping to earn an offer from the Seminoles.
This is MY HOME, I have Officially COMMITTED TO FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY!! I just want to THANK GOD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY 🍢🍢 Reasons behind EVERYTHING I DO, NEVER TRY TO SATISFY ANYONE.. GOD BLESS 🍢 COMMITTED #tribe19 #DoSomething pic.twitter.com/U3Wm0RhYwM
— 14ReasonsWhy (@JaleelMcrae) April 14, 2018
That mission was accomplished while he was on the visit, and it didn’t take long for him to accept it.
The 6-2, 230-pound McRae rates as the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker and the No. 116 player overall in the 2019 cycle. He chose Florida State over offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Texas A&M, among others.
The 2020 class was represented on the third pledge of the day in Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla linebacker Keyshawn Greene.
I am so proud that I committed to Florida State University best college around 💯💯💯
— Keyshawn greene (@greene_keyshawn) April 14, 2018
The 6-3, 215-pound Sunshine State defender becomes the second commitment for Florida State in the 2020 cycle. He chose the Seminoles over offers from Georgia Tech and Louisville.
The final pledge on Saturday came from 4-star Dunnellon (Fla.) receiver Maurice Goolsby.
The 6-5, 196-pound playmaker rates as the nation’s No. 30 receiver and the No. 178 player overall in the 2019 cycle. He chose Florida State over offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina and USC, among others.
— Maurice Goolsby (@_magxii) April 15, 2018
These commits come on the heels of the commitment that came earlier in the week from 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell. With that in mind, there was a feeling that the Seminoles class would grow with the quality and quantity of prospects on campus over the weekend.
Still, the wave of new pledges — which brings the Seminoles class to nine total commits and now has the class ranked No. 2 in the 247Sports composite rankings — is another indicator that the Seminoles’ push toward a top-rated class is just beginning.
Overall, between the commitments and the overall quality of prospects that were on hand, the Seminoles enjoyed a productive weekend.
Surprise visitors make it to spring game
Two priority targets that showed up on Saturday that were somewhat of a surprise were 5-star Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University High School athlete Quavaris Crouch and 4-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy guard Evan Neal.
In this throng of humanity is Sam Howell and Quavaris Crouch. pic.twitter.com/7zOMV14X0q
— Noles247.com (@Noles247) April 14, 2018
The 6-2, 224-pound Crouch rates as the nation’s No. 2 athlete and the No. 17 player overall in the 2019 cycle. He could play either running back or linebacker in college.
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina are among other suitors in play for Crouch. He does not live far from Howell, another Tar Heel State product.
Neal has a few connections to the Seminoles. His cousin, Chaz Neal, is an offensive lineman who signed with Florida State in the 2018 class. Of course, he’s also prep teammates with both Lucas and McRae.
Evan Neal has re-shaped his body pic.twitter.com/sX9JLkFirP
— Chris Nee (@CNee247) April 14, 2018
The younger Neal rates as the nation’s No. 2 guard and the No. 38 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are among the other suitors in play with Neal.
Getting both Crouch and Neal on campus gives the Seminoles a chance to be a bigger factor with both players.
Among other visitors for the game included 5-star Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux — the nation’s top overall prospect — and two prior Class of 2019 commits in Howell and 5-star West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central cornerback Akeem Dent.
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