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Elite defensive players earn Florida State offers
Florida State has officially turned the page on its recruiting efforts to 2019.
Coach Willie Taggart and his staff are busy trying to put together an elite class in their first full cycle in Tallahassee. And Sunday night, they offered 5-star Horn Lake (Miss.) linebacker Nakobe Dean.
— Nakobe Dean (@KobeDean2) February 12, 2018
The 6-foot, 215-pound Magnolia State defender rates as the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect and the No. 22 player overall in the 2019 cycle according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Dean also represents the top overall prospect from the state of Mississippi in the current cycle.
As a junior, Dean recorded 147 tackles — including 25 tackles for loss with 9 sacks and a forced fumble, according to MaxPreps.
The Seminoles failed to sign an inside linebacker in the 2019 class, and that position figures to be one of their most pressing needs in this cycle. Dean is one of the marquee inside linebackers in this class, so he figures to be a target to watch moving forward.
While Mississippi is not a breeding ground for the Seminoles, Florida State did sign current star running back Cam Akers from there in the 2016 cycle.
If Dean makes it to campus in the next few weeks or months, he would definitely move to the head of the list when it comes to assessing priorities for Taggart and his staff in this class.
Seminoles offer 5-star safety
Another need on defense for the Seminoles in the 2019 cycle is safety. Florida State enters 2018 with a pair of seniors on the depth chart in A.J. Westbrook and Calvin Brewton.
Defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett values that position in his scheme, so the Seminoles could be on the hunt for two or three safeties in the 2019 cycle.
On Monday, Florida State offered 5-star Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill.
— #DaxHill (@daxhill5) February 12, 2018
The 6-1, 190-pound, top-ranked Sooner State prospect rates as the nation’s No. 2 safety and the No. 24 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
He currently holds 20 offers, with programs such as Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in hot pursuit.
As a junior, Hill recorded 67 tackles with 6 tackles for loss with 5 interceptions and a forced fumble, according to MaxPreps.
He has the type of size, physicality, range and instincts to be a fit in Barnett’s defense, but it will be likely very hard to pull Hill out of Oklahoma.
Any chance Florida State would possibly have begins and ends with getting Hill on campus during the spring or summer before he makes a decision.
Seminoles offer elite in-state DL
One position the Seminoles loaded up on in the 2018 cycle was defensive end, signing four talented prospects who could eventually play there in college.
That doesn’t mean that they won’t continue to look for talent at the position in future cycles, however.
On Monday, Florida State offered 4-star Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Derick Hunter.
— Rambo hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) February 12, 2018
The 6-6, 281-pound Sunshine State standout rates as the nation’s No. 14 strongside defensive end and the No. 180 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
As a junior, Hunter recorded 54 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and sack, according to MaxPreps.
If he continues to grow, Hunter could end up in the interior of the defensive line. It’s worth noting that Florida State’s need would be greater for defensive tackles in the 2019 class.
Last summer, Hunter committed to in-state ACC power Miami before reopening his recruitment in November.
Blessed to announce my top 10 @SWiltfong247 @ErikRichardsUSA @HamiltonESPN @DemetricDWarren @rivalsmike @LukeStampini @SBNRecruiting @mcculley10 @Rivalsfbcamps #GatorNation #THEU #cocky19 #HailState #WarEagle #GoDucks #WeAre #RollTide #Terps #GBO #Vols pic.twitter.com/aE7x7pbufv
— Rambo hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) February 3, 2018
Last week, Hunter dropped a top 10 of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Now that the Seminoles have jumped into his recruitment, it remains to be seen whether they can position themselves among his group of favorites.
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