Florida State recruiting: Previewing final weekend of visits before National Signing Day
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8 top targets headed to Tallahassee on final visit weekend
National Signing Day is a few short days away and the Florida State Seminoles are riding a wave as Wednesday approaches.
Before that day comes, however, programs around the country will have one last weekend to host prospects.
Seminoles coach Willie Taggart and his staff have racked up three commitments since Sunday and they will have a chance to add to that total as several pivotal targets are scheduled to be in Tallahassee this weekend.
In all, seven recruits are scheduled to take official visits to Florida State, along with the Seminoles’ newest commitment — 4-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood wide receiver Warren Thompson —who will make an unofficial visit.
So what should fans be looking for this weekend? Here’s a look as we preview the final big visit weekend of the 2018 cycle for Florida State.
4-star Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier QB James Foster
Foster heads to Tallahassee after spending the previous three weeks on the campuses of SEC powers LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M. The Seminoles have zeroed in on Foster as their sole focus quarterback and Taggart and his staff will get the last chance to make an impression on the Elite 11 finalist. While it’s too early to count out the Tide or the Tigers in this race, the Seminoles appear to be in a good spot with Foster heading into the visit. If all goes well, he has a great chance of ending up in the Seminoles class.
Great in home with Coach Taggert & Coach Bell 🍢 pic.twitter.com/8keP9x5JMq
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) January 18, 2018
3-star Buford (Ga.) RB Anthony Grant
Florida State has a lot of depth at running back but does not have any running backs currently committed in the 2018 cycle. Grant is currently committed to Tennessee, but he’s taken visits to North Carolina and Virginia Tech recently. The Seminoles offered Grant earlier this month and him making it to Tallahassee is a sign of mutual interest. However, with needs at other positions more prevalent and limited spots available, it’s hard to figure out how he would fit into the class. Still, he’s worth keeping an eye on if any other top targets head elsewhere and a spot opens up.
— A.N.T 1️⃣ (@anthonygrant204) January 19, 2018
4-star Seattle Garfield ATH Tre’Shaun Harrison
Along with Foster, Harrison might be the other primary uncommitted target that Taggart and his staff are treating as must-gets for the Seminoles’ 2018 class. We’ve documented for the entire cycle about how badly Florida State needs quality and quantity at wide receiver because of the limited depth it brings into the 2018 season at that spot. Harrison committed to Taggart when the coach was at Oregon and reopened his recruitment shortly before Taggart took the Seminoles job. Upon arriving in Tallahassee, Taggart promptly offered the Pacific Northwest playmaker. Harrison has taken visits to Oregon, Tennessee and Utah in recent weeks. The Seminoles get his last visit and if they can overcome the distance issue, they have a good chance of landing the electric athlete from Washington.
Florida State This Week 👀😎 pic.twitter.com/FA006kbeM8
— Tre'Shaun Harrison (@Treshaunn__) January 31, 2018
3-star Pensacola (Fla.) West Florida Tech WR Keyshawn Helton
With commitments from Thompson and 3-star Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland wide receiver D’Marcus Adams, the Seminoles would like to add two more receivers in this class, and Harrison is one of them. As for the other spot, the staff has had its eyes on Helton the last couple of weeks, including an in-home visit last weekend. More of a slot-type receiver, Helton does not have an offer yet but one could come this weekend. If that offer comes, he’s expected to accept it promptly. However, if he isn’t offered, it’s likely that he’s headed elsewhere.
4-star Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County OG Christian Meadows
Meadows is a long-time commitment who did not sign in the early signing period. He had planned to take visits elsewhere, but Taggart and new offensive line coach Greg Frey were able to get him to shut down his recruitment early in January. He will make his way to Tallahassee for an official visit to lend a helping hand as a recruiter and to spend time with his future coaches and teammates.
Respect the decision ‼️ I’m 1000% Florida State 🍢 #Tribe18 🙌🏽💯
— Christian Meadows🥞 (@ChristianMead17) January 9, 2018
3-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood LB James Miller
Miller was another prospect who earned a late offer from the Seminoles. Having his prep teammates in town with him in Lamar and Thompson will be a plus. Florida State has two linebackers already committed but neither are suited to play inside. Miller is more of a prototypical inside thumper, which makes him an ideal fit in this class. Assuming the staff has an open spot for him, he appears to be a safe bet to join the Seminoles.
Thank you lord for blessing me with this FSU offer 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/jtF2JkCYr2
— J Miller™ (@millerboy256) January 24, 2018
3-star Zephyrhills (Fla.) Wesley Chapel DE Chaz Neal
Neal is another long-time commitment who has been somewhat of an enigma — not much has been heard from him through his recruitment. One big question with Neal is figuring out where he’ll play in college. He’s listed as a defensive end, but with his 6-foot-7, 253-pound frame, a move to offensive line could be in his future. That could be something that is discussed this weekend on campus and, like Meadows, he will probably be doing some bonding with the coaching staff and his future teammates.
3-star Conyers (Ga.) Heritage WR Jordan Young
Young is currently committed to Tennessee, but Taggart paid him a visit this week and convinced him to make Tallahassee his final visit. But the Vols staff did visit with him on Thursday, likely in an effort to get him to cancel the Florida State trip. If Young shows up in Tallahassee this weekend, there’s a decent chance he flips to Florida State. For now, it will be interesting to monitor whether or not the visit takes place.
Unofficial (non-Florida State) visit to watch
3-star Rome (Ga.) DT Jamarcus Chatman: Miami
Chatman was on Florida State’s campus last week and by all accounts, he enjoyed his time in Tallahassee immensely. However, in-state rival Miami gets the last crack at Chatman this weekend. He’s already taken visits to see North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Most observers feel that this battle will come down to the Seminoles and the Hurricanes. Both teams have big needs along the defensive line, but the Hurricanes seem to have a bigger hole within their current recruiting class. That and the fact they get the last shot with him might be enough to sway him to Coral Gables in the end.
FSU Lit 🔥 pic.twitter.com/uh1f7X5ZJj
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) January 27, 2018
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