Florida State recruiting: Seminoles drawing interest from top OL prospect
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In-state guard William Putnam hoping for decision before senior season
Heading into the summer, among the chief priorities for Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff is to attract a deep and talented class of offensive linemen in the 2019 cycle.
That position unit is arguably the one spot that has the most concern heading into the season.
New Seminoles offensive line coach Greg Frey has one commitment already secured in 4-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy guard Dontae Lucas.
The staff wants to take anywhere from four to five linemen in this class.
Among the primary targets for the Seminoles at this point is 4-star Tampa (Fla.) Plant guard William Putnam.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman rates as the nation’s No. 4 guard and the No. 96 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Putnam is approaching 30 offers heading into the summer and he’s taken unofficial visits recently to programs such as Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Texas A&M.
Last weekend, he made it to Auburn for the second time this year. While he’s yet to narrow his list, he’s beginning to establish a comfort level with a couple of schools and he’s even thought about when a potential commitment could come.
According to AuburnUndercover’s Keith Niebuhr, Auburn and Florida State are the two schools that Putnam mentioned that he is “definitely very interested in.” A decision could come before his senior season begins.
Putnam took an unofficial visit to Florida State in late March, and he’s been a target on Frey’s board since his previous stint at Michigan.
A key to watch for the Seminoles will be to see if and when they can get him on campus between now and when he makes a decision. If they are successful in that mission, their chances of landing him will likely increase.
Howell shines at Elite 11, earns invite to The Opening
When he committed in April, it was believed Florida State landed one of the nation’s top passers in 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell.
After competing with 23 other quarterbacks from around the country over the weekend in Los Angeles at the Elite 11 finals, it appears there’s more evidence to support that theory.
As detailed by 247Sports’ Barton Simmons, Howell was one of the 12 finalists who will now compete at The Opening Finals in Dallas from June 30-July 3.
— Elite11 (@Elite11) June 3, 2018
The 6-1, 225-pound Howell’s selection is not a surprise given that he was ranked No. 4 after the Friday and Saturday workout sessions.
His scripted pro day workout on Saturday caught the attention of onlookers and media in attendance, but it was his overall body of work and consistency that helped him earn a trip to compete against the nation’s best collection of talent at The Opening.
Since his commitment, Howell has been one of the more active recruiters for the Seminoles and is a big reason why Florida State’s 2019 class sits among the nation’s top 10 overall classes heading into the summer.
— Tomahawk Nation (@Tomahawknation) June 3, 2018
Howell rates as the nation’s No. 4 pro style quarterback and the No. 99 player overall in the 2019 cycle. If he performs well at The Opening, there could be an opportunity for his rating to improve heading into his senior season.
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