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Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff became the latest program to offer 2019 corner Cameron Smith.

Florida State recruiting: Seminoles offer unheralded defensive back

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Cameron Smith has picked up 6 offers this month, including FSU

Often times in recruiting, prospects emerge as the cycle progresses into the final stages.

There are many reasons why players are discovered later in comparison to some of the bigger names in each class.

Sometimes, it’s a case where a player develops a little later, or his film begins to circulate at a certain time. Regardless, there are late bloomers who surface and shake recruiting boards up across the country in the process.

One player who could fit that description in the 2019 cycle is Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood corner Cameron Smith.

The 6-foot-1, 178-pound standout has yet to earn a ranking by the major recruiting services.

However, he has more than 20 offers at this stage of his recruitment. In the last four weeks, 11 new offers have come in for Smith, including six this month.

On Monday, Florida State entered the picture by tendering him.

Georgia Tech also offered Smith this week. Coastal Carolina, Marshall, North Carolina and Tennessee are the other programs that offered him this month.

According to Noles247’s Chris Nee, the Florida State offer stood out to Smith. So much so he’s already planned a visit to check out the Seminoles at the end of July.

Florida State has three corners committed in the 2019 cycle. It’s unclear whether Smith was offered as a corner or safety.

Still, the offer and immediate visit plans signal interest between the two parties. At the very least, Smith figures to be a name to monitor moving forward.

Seminoles offer 2020 QB

While Florida State is actively recruiting a second quarterback to join 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback and current Seminoles pledge Sam Howell in the 2019 class, coach Willie Taggart and his staff are keeping an eye on future prospects.

The Seminoles have offered a handful of passers in the 2020 class, but Taggart and offensive coordinator Walt Bell added a new name to the mix by offering offered Houston Austin quarterback Malik Hornsby on Monday evening.

The 6-1½, 185-pound Lone Star State passer has also yet to be ranked, but if his swelling offer list is any indicator, that may change soon.

Aside from Florida State, Hornsby has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Mississippi State, Texas and Texas A&M this month. He has 11 offers heading into the summer.

The next step for the Seminoles will be to try to get him on campus at some point during the summer. With the in-state heavy hitters already involved, the Seminoles’ best chances lie with getting him to visit early and often.

However, it’s early in the process with 2020 prospects. Given that Hornsby is just the sixth passer to earn a Seminoles offer, it appears as if the staff is taking its time in trying to find the right fit to be the potential face of next year’s class.

5-star cornerback pledge planning visits

One of the main themes of Florida State’s 2019 class is the trio of commitments the Seminoles have garnered at the corner position.

The key to that group is 5-star West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central corner Akeem Dent.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound standout rates as the nation’s No. 3 corner and the No. 32 player overall in the 2019 cycle.

He’s been committed to the Seminoles since last July, but that hasn’t stopped other programs from aggressively courting him.

In the spring, he visited Alabama and Miami in addition to making multiple trips to Florida State’s campus.

According to InsideTheU’s Andrew Ivins, Dent plans on taking visits to a few other schools in the summer.

Both the Crimson Tide and the Hurricanes are among the schools he’s planning on seeing in the coming months. Additionally, he wants to see Big Ten power Michigan, as well.

It’s worth noting that prior to Dent’s pledge to the Seminoles, he was briefly committed to the Hurricanes.

Assuming the Seminoles can continue to get him on campus regularly, they will have a great shot of keeping him in the fold.

Still, it appears his process will continue to play out until he signs a letter of intent or enrolls at his school of choice.

 

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