Florida State recruiting: Seminoles lose commitment from 2019 OL
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4-star Wanya Morris reopens recruitment
Florida State’s 2019 class suffered a loss when 4-star Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) High School offensive tackle Wanya Morris announced that he has de-committed from the Seminoles.
The 6-foot-5, 268-pound Peach State lineman had been committed to the Seminoles since April, but he has taken visits to Auburn and Georgia during the fall.
He now has a top 6 that includes Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma.
— Wanya Morris (@wanyamorris64) November 26, 2017
As detailed by Chad Simmons of Rivals, Morris plans to take things slow and not rush into another commitment anytime soon.
Morris rates as the nation’s No. 5 offensive tackle and the No. 53 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
His loss is one that is a big blow considering that the Seminoles have a need for talented offensive line prospects — especially at the tackle spots.
Morris has two prep teammates — 4-star safety Kenyatta Watson II and 3-star defensive tackle Tru Thompson — who remain committed to the Seminoles, so it’s not entirely impossible that he could find his way back into Florida State’s class in the future.
However, for now, his de-commitment is another sign that shows things are running as smoothly as they normally have been in Tallahassee since coach Jimbo Fisher took charge of the program.
Expect the Seminoles to continue to recruit Morris hard in the future, but they will also explore other options along the offensive line in the 2019 cycle.
4-star 2019 ATH Jaylin Simpson trims list to top 5
While the 2018 cycle is nearing its conclusion, coaches around the country are looking ahead and monitoring prospects of note in future cycles.
Fisher and his staff are off to a fast start with the 2019 class as the Seminoles currently have 7 commitments and a class that ranks No. 3 nationally.
But the Seminoles are active in trying to build on that foundation and one player they have targeted as a priority in the 2019 class is 4-star Frederica Academy athlete Jaylin Simpson of St. Simons Island, Ga.
The 5-11, 165-pound Peach State standout rates as the nation’s No. 11 athlete and the No. 195 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Over the holiday weekend, Simpson cut his list of finalists to five as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State will now battle it out for his commitment.
— Jaylin Simpson (@jaylinsimp) November 23, 2017
Simpson has been a frequent visitor to Tallahassee over the last year and was offered by the Seminoles in April.
He and his prep teammate, 5-star receiver Jashawn Sheffield, figure to be players who are coveted heavily by the Seminoles moving forward in the 2019 cycle.
With Simpson having cut his list down, the Seminoles are hoping to be the last school standing when he concludes his recruitment.
Seminoles send out TE offers
For a majority of the 2018 cycle, it appeared as if Florida State was content with not recruiting the tight end position in the current class.
That changed last week as Florida State sent out offers to a pair of talented tight ends.
Among the prep ranks, the Seminoles offered 4-star Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford.
Very Blessed to receive an offer from FSU! GoNoles! pic.twitter.com/zXirZgibdt
— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) November 22, 2017
The 6-6, 248-pound U.S. Army All-American rates as the nation’s No. 2 tight end and the No. 48 player overall in the 2018 cycle.
Among his other primary suitors are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. Ford already has taken official visits to see the Tigers and Longhorns, and has a trip scheduled to see the Bulldogs on Dec. 15.
For Florida State to have a shot, the next step would be convincing him to make a trip to Tallahassee in the near future.
Wood-Anderson was committed to Texas briefly before reopening his recruitment. Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M are among the schools involved with him at this stage of his recruitment.
With the new offers going out, it appears as if Florida State wants to add at least one player at this position before the 2018 cycle ends. Or it could be that the Seminoles are simply taking a shot at talented players who they feel are worthy of consideration for the spots in the 2018 class.
But with the Seminoles having redshirt juniors that could potentially move on after this season in Ryan Izzo and Mavin Saunders, that could also factor into why tight end is now considered a need.
Either way, it’s clear that tight end is a position to watch with the Seminoles down the stretch for the 2018 cycle.
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