Florida State recruiting: Seminoles among favorites for 5-star RB
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Seminoles still in mix for Trey Sanders
April has been kind to Florida State on the recruiting trail, as coach Willie Taggart and his staff have landed five 2019 commitments en route to securing what is currently the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
However, the Seminoles’ push toward a No. 1 class is just beginning. Now that Taggart and his staff have 10 pledges, they are zeroing in on some of their top remaining targets.
One thing the Seminoles would like to do is add an elite running back.
Among the top priorities for Taggart and his staff is 5-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy prospect Trey Sanders.
The 5-foot-11.5, 216-pound in-state standout rates as the nation’s top running back and the No. 7 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Florida State got Sanders on campus for a visit last month. Although it was a brief trip, Taggart and Co. left an impression on Sanders, enough for him to know that the Seminoles will be a “top school” in his recruitment, according to Noles247’s Josh Newberg.
The onetime Alabama commitment is also considering programs such as Florida, Georgia and Miami. Each of those programs has hosted Sanders in recent weeks as well.
However, as Newberg noted, Sanders plans on returning to Tallahassee this summer. As long as he continues to develop a relationship with the new staff, the Seminoles will have a chance to remain at the forefront of his recruitment.
Brendan Gant reopens recruitment after FSU visit
Florida State is in the mix for a handful of talented safeties, but the time is approaching where the staff would like to identify potential top options.
One player who would seem to fit the bill is 4-star Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen safety Brendan Gant.
The 6-2, 187-pound in-state standout committed to Alabama in December shortly after Taggart arrived in Tallahassee. At that point, the Seminoles finished as the runner-up to the Crimson Tide for Gant.
On Sunday, Gant — who visited Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s spring game on Saturday — dropped by Tallahassee to visit the Seminoles on his way home.
— BG3️⃣👹3️⃣ (@TheReal_BGant) April 22, 2018
Shortly after that visit concluded, Gant announced that he was reopening his recruitment. Gant rates as the nation’s No. 5 safety and the No. 113 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
In addition to visiting Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Miami are other programs that have hosted him on campus recently.
— BG3️⃣👹3️⃣ (@TheReal_BGant) April 23, 2018
The Seminoles have three cornerbacks currently committed in the 2019 class, which amplifies their desire to load up at safety.
The fact that Gant was on campus and made his decision to reopen his recruitment shortly after leaving is a positive development for the Seminoles. The next step to watch will be to see when he returns to campus for another visit.
4-star DE target visiting this weekend
Another big need for the Seminoles is at defensive end.
Both Morris and Fuller project as strongside defensive ends, and the Seminoles would like to add more rangy, athletic types that project as pure pass rushers.
One potential target in that category is 4-star Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute defensive end Curtis Fann.
The 6-3, 245-pound Peach State defender rates as the nation’s No. 18 weakside defensive end and the No. 240 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
He currently holds 13 offers, with schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina among the programs that have tendered Fann.
The Gamecocks are the school that have gotten him on campus the most of late, but that will change this weekend as he plans to visit the Seminoles.
I will be at FSU this coming weekend 🍢‼️
— O C H O 🦍² (@curt_8_) April 22, 2018
Florida State has other touted ends they are recruiting such as 5-star Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, 4-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons defensive end Khris Bogle and 4-star Auburndale (Fla.) Senior defensive end Lloyd Summerall.
Coming out of this visit, it will be interesting to see where Fann fits on the board as the Seminoles try to reload their pass-rushing unit.
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