Florida State recruiting: Breaking down tackle position

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Seminoles have huge need at tackle spots

One of the primary duties for Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff is to revamp an offensive line unit that has underachieved over the last few seasons.

That’s part of the reason why one of his most important hires was new offensive line coach Greg Frey.

Frey has developed a strong reputation as a recruiter and developer of talent during his previous stints at Indiana, Michigan, South Florida and West Virginia.

Now that Frey is back at his alma mater, one of his primary objectives will be to upgrade the Seminoles’ talent and depth along the offensive line.

Three of the four offensive linemen signed in the 2018 class project as interior linemen, which puts a premium on evening the roster out with tackles in the 2019 cycle.

Which tackles are on the board for the Seminoles at this stage and what other prospects figure to be prime targets for Frey in this cycle?

Let’s take a look as we break down the Seminoles’ top options at tackle in the 2019 class.

Current best bet to land in FSU’s class: Adrian Medley, 3-stars

According to 247Sports, of the offensive tackles who have earned an offer from the Seminoles in the 2019 cycle, only two of them were handed out to in-state prospects — 4-star Belleview (Fla.) tackle Michael Tarquin and 3-star Pensacola (Fla.) Adrian Medley.

Of those two players, Medley seems to be one of the top options for the Seminoles at this time.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound standout, who rates as the nation’s No. 72 tackle and the No. 788 player overall in the 2019 cycle, visited Florida State last month.

Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee are among the other offers Medley holds.

However, the Seminoles appear to be in a decent spot with the promising in-state product at this time. 

Other top options: Devontae Dobbs, 5-stars, Xavier Truss, 4-stars, Darnell Wright, 5-stars

It’s likely the Seminoles want at least two tackles and potentially three in this class. Beyond Medley, there do not appear to be any other players that project to be in the Seminoles’ class at this point.

Still, Frey appears to be aiming high in his search to upgrade the talent at the tackle spots.

One player he has an existing relationship with dating back to his days at Michigan is 5-star Belleville (Mich.) tackle Devontae Dobbs. The 6-4, 270-pound Dobbs has been tabbed as the nation’s top tackle prospect and the No. 9 player overall in the 2019 class. The previous staff offered Dobbs last February, but Frey’s previous relationship with him may be enough to get a foot in the door. However, the next step would be to overcome the distance factor from Michigan to Florida.

Two players the Seminoles have offered since Frey arrived in Tallahassee are 4-star Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken tackle Xavier Truss and 5-star Huntington (W.Va.) tackle Darnell Wright.

Like Dobbs, both players aren’t from recruiting hotbeds or territories that have been previously friendly to the Seminoles. Getting them on campus will be critical in assessing how realistic they are as options moving forward.

Next who could receive an offer: Jaelin Humphries, 4-stars

Since there is a need at the position and there doesn’t appear to be a healthy number of current leans, the board at tackle could expand in the future.

One player who could make sense on a few fronts to earn an offer in the future is Lawrenceville (Ga.) Mountain View tackle Jaelin Humphries.

The 6-5, 301-pound standout rates as the nation’s No. 23 tackle and the No. 219 player overall in the 2019 cycle.

Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU and South Carolina are among the early offers he holds at this stage of his recruitment.

The Seminoles signed three Georgia natives along the offensive line in the 2018 cycle, and Humphries has the type of athleticism and skill set to be a fit for what Frey likes to do up front.

 

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