Florida State’s 2019 recruiting class received a huge boost on Monday evening when 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell announced his commitment to the Seminoles.
— Sam Howell (@Sam_Howell2) April 9, 2018
For weeks, the buzz surrounding the Seminoles recruiting efforts has been building with a number of talented prospects having made their way to Tallahassee to see what new coach Willie Taggart and his staff are up to.
However, adding the 6-foot-1, 217-pound Howell — who rates as the nation’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback and the No. 152 player overall in the 2019 cycle according to the 247Sports composite rankings — is the first tangible sign that perhaps Taggart and his staff are poised to go on a major run of success with regards to building the 2019 class.
Over the last three seasons, Howell has thrown for 10,175 yards and 109 touchdowns while adding another 2,229 yards and 43 scores on the ground. He’s thrown for more than 3,000 yards and at least 35 touchdowns in each of his three years as a starter.
His propensity to make plays with his arm and his legs makes him an attractive fit in Taggart’s uptempo, spread offense.
Howell had more than 30 offers to his credit, and he had made recent visits to programs such as Clemson, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee over the last few weeks.
However, he made a visit to Tallahassee the last weekend in March and he’s familiar with offensive coordinator Walt Bell dating back to his days when he was at Maryland. That visit went well enough that he made plans to return this upcoming weekend for the Seminoles spring game.
When those plans were made, there was speculation that he could end his recruitment during that trip. Instead, he saw no reason to wait until then.
Now that he’s on board, it gives the Seminoles 2019 class a jolt of momentum for a few reasons.
— Elite11 (@Elite11) April 2, 2018
For starters, Howell becomes the first quarterback commit of the Taggart era. Even though the Seminoles are likely to be in the market for a second passer in this class for depth purposes, Howell—who has already been named as an Elite 11 finalist—represents one of the top arms in this class.
Another reason his commitment is significant is because of the timing of it and the fact that he’s also likely to put on his recruiter hat and help the staff pull in top targets at offensive line and receiver — two other positions FSU would like to load up on in this class.
Being that Howell will be on campus this weekend with a host of other top targets likely to be in attendance, his work on that front will begin sooner than later. Having a talent of his caliber locked in at the most important position on the field is something that is likely to pay dividends for the Seminoles over the next few months.