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Auburn in ‘great shape’ after Trey Hill visits
Instead, the 6-foot-3.5, 346-pound Peach State standout took a visit to SEC power Auburn for its game against Ole Miss.
It’s the second time this season that Hill backed out on plans to see the Seminoles in favor of making a visit to the Plains — as he saw Auburn’s season-opening win against Georgia Southern instead of Florida State’s clash with Alabama in Atlanta.
As detailed by SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk, Hill enjoyed his most recent trip to watch the Tigers in action and noted that they will be a factor in his recruitment moving forward.
— Trey Hill (@hilldeontrey) October 7, 2017
“They’re in great shape. It’s just a matter of time where I want to land and when I want to commit,” Hill told Wolk.
Hill is scheduled to be an early enrollee, which means his decision will have to come within the next two months.
Among the other programs in the mix for Hill include Clemson, Florida State and Georgia.
Hill mentioned to Wolk that he may take official visits to schools he can’t reach regularly such as LSU, Ohio State and USC.
While Florida State wasn’t mentioned in that group, proximity suggests any visit to Tallahassee would likely be in an unofficial capacity.
Hill was a frequent visitor to Florida State’s campus in the offseason, so familiarity isn’t something that is lacking between him and the Seminoles.
Given the way Florida State has performed along the offensive line this season, Hill is exactly the type of prospect the Seminoles could use to help bolster a unit that has struggled mightily.
However, it’s imperative that coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff find a way to get the Peach State big man back on campus as soon as possible to help regain some positive momentum in his recruitment.
FSU out of running for DB target
After landing a pledge from 4-star Bradenton [Fla.] IMG Academy corner Houston Griffith, Florida State’s 2018 class includes five defensive backs currently committed.
Recruiting is certainly fluid and things can change, but with that many players currently slotted to land at one position, it would make sense that the team will limit spots there moving forward.
One player who Florida State was pursuing heavily at one point was 4-star Miami [Fla.] Norland corner Nadab Joseph.
However, earlier this week, the 6-foot-1.5, 180-pound defender narrowed his list to three SEC programs: Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
— Nadab Joseph (@nadabjoseph) October 10, 2017
Joseph was a longtime LSU commit early in the process before reopening his recruitment in August.
The only official visit he has currently scheduled is to Alabama on Nov. 4 when the Crimson Tide play host to LSU.
Ever since he de-committed from the Tigers, the Crimson Tide have been trending heavily with Joseph.
Florida State is still pursuing other corners such as the 5-star Fort Lauderdale [Fla.] American Heritage duo of Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr. and 4-star Baton Rouge [La.] Scotlandville Magnet defender Kelvin Joseph.
It’s highly unlikely Florida State takes another corner in this class, unless it’s one of those three players.
2019 target notes Florida State among schools where he’s most comfortable
Florida State has had great success recruiting the state of Virginia during Fisher’s tenure in Tallahassee.
One target the Seminoles have identified in the 2019 cycle is 4-star Mineral [Va.] Louisa County defensive end Brandon Smith.
Florida State offered Smith back in May and he took a visit to Tallahassee a month later.
— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) June 8, 2017
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue recently spoke with Smith as he updated his recruitment. While he has yet to narrow his list of more than 20 offers, he plans to do so after his junior season ends.
However, Smith told Donohue that he feels comfortable with several schools in terms of the package they offer on and off the field: Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State were among the programs that he listed.
A decision is not expected until before the start of his senior season, but for now, it appears as if Florida State is in a good position with Smith at this stage of his recruitment.
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