Florida State recruiting: Top 20 in-state recruits

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Deep crop of WR, OL and DL highlight top state of Florida prospects in 2019

In the 2018 cycle, only nine of Florida State’s 21 signees hailed from the state of Florida.

Part of the geographical makeup of the class had to do with the fact new Seminoles coach Willie Taggart entered the picture in early December, and had to scramble to fill a class out based on the relationships he had previously built with players he was targeting when he was at Oregon.

However, moving forward, the state of Florida figures to be the main focus for Taggart and his staff.

As always, the Sunshine State is loaded with talented players across the board.

Which prospects figure to earn attention from powerhouses around the nation?

Let’s take a look at the top-20 prospects from the state of Florida in the 2019 cycle:

  1. 4-star safety Cortez Andrews

Hometown (High School): Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Position rank/overall rank: No. 18 safety, No. 250 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia

One of the top local prospects in the Tallahassee area for the 2019 class is safety Cortez Andrews. However, at this stage of his process, it looks like he will head out of state to play his college football. Alabama is the early leader in his process. As a junior, Andrews recorded 28 tackles — including 5 tackles for loss with an interception.

  1. 4-star linebacker Ge’mon Eaford

Hometown (High School): Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach)

Height/weight: 6-1, 220

Position rank/overall rank: No. 14 outside linebacker, No. 214 overall

Schools of interest: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma

Ge’mon Eaford is a linebacker with the versatility to play on the inside, outside or maybe even on the line at defensive end in certain situations. He holds more than 40 offers at this stage of his recruitment. Even though the Seminoles have a need at linebacker in this cycle, it appears as if the Gators and the Bulldogs hold the early edge in his recruitment.

  1. 4-star OG Dontae Lucas

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 6-3, 323

Position rank/overall rank: No. 8 offensive guard, No. 176 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami

On the offensive side of the ball, Florida State looks to be in need of a big crop of linemen in the 2019 class. Dontae Lucas is a massive interior line prospect who ranks among the nation’s best at his position. Lucas will be an early enrollee, so the next few months will be a critical part of his process. Look for Lucas to become a top priority for new Seminoles offensive line coach Greg Frey.

  1. 4-star OLB Jaleel McRae

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 6-foot, 220

Position rank/overall rank: No. 6 outside linebacker, No. 99 overall

Schools of interest: Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Texas A&M

Last February, Jaleel McRae committed to in-state SEC power Florida. However, he backed off that pledge in November after former coach Jim McElwain was let go. The Seminoles will have a need at linebacker in the 2019 class, although their bigger priority is finding an inside linebacker or two. McRae is a speedy defender who can make plays from sideline to sideline. His recruitment appears open at this stage of his process.

  1. 4-star S Brendan Gant

Hometown (High School): Lakeland, Fla. (Kathleen)

Height/weight: 6-2, 185

Position rank/overall rank: No. 5 safety, No. 125 overall

Schools of interest: committed to Alabama

After signing three corners and one safety in the 2018 class, the secondary needs for Florida State figure to focus on adding more safeties in 2019. Before he committed to Alabama, Brendan Gant appeared to be a top target for the old Seminoles staff. It’s likely that Taggart makes another run at Gant in the spring.

  1. 4-star WR Jeremiah Payton

Hometown (High School): Jacksonville, Fla. (Fletcher)

Height/weight: 6-3, 180

Position rank/overall rank: No. 15 receiver, No. 85 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Miami

Florida State loaded up on receivers in 2018 and that position will continue to be re-stocked until the numbers are distributed more evenly throughout the roster. Jeremiah Payton is one of the top pass catchers. He visited Florida State last October unofficially for the Miami game. At this time, the Hurricanes appear to be the favorite.

  1. 4-star ATH Josh Sanguinetti

Hometown (High School): Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (University)

Height/weight: 6-2, 165

Position rank/overall rank: No. 4 athlete, No. 45 overall

Schools of interest: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Stanford

One of the top-2 standouts in the state of Florida is Josh Sanguinetti. He could either play receiver or in the secondary on the college level, but it appears as if most schools are recruiting him as a safety. Miami and Stanford are the two schools that seem to be sitting in a good spot with Sanguinetti entering the spring.

  1. 4-star WR John Dunmore

Hometown (High School): Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna Prep)

Height/weight: 6-2, 172 pounds

Position rank/overall rank: No. 28 receiver, No. 153 overall

Schools of interest: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Stanford

John Dunmore also committed to Florida last spring before reopening his recruitment last month. Florida State did get him on campus last fall for the Miami game. Arkansas, Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State are the most recent schools to offer Dunmore. The spring and summer months figure to be a critical time in his process as he appears to be wide open with his recruitment. He will be on Florida State’s campus this weekend.

  1. 4-star DE Khris Bogle

Hometown (High School): Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)

Height/weight: 6-4, 207

Position rank/overall rank: No. 7 weakside defensive end, No. 118 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami

Khris Bogle is coming off a junior season in which he recorded 70 tackles — including 23 tackles for loss with 13.5 sacks and a blocked field goal attempt, according to MaxPreps. He’s a long and athletic edge rusher who should have his share of suitors aggressively pursuing him throughout the spring and summer. Right now, Florida State and Miami appear to be the two schools in a good spot with Bogle.

  1. 4-star OT William Putnam

Hometown (High School): Tampa, Fla. (Plant)

Height/weight: 6-4, 280

Position rank/overall rank: No. 16 offensive tackle, No. 103 overall

Schools of interest: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State

William Putnam is, perhaps, the top tackle prospect in the state of Florida for the 2019 cycle. New Seminoles offensive line coach Greg Frey was recruiting Putnam dating back to last year when he was at Michigan. Miami and Ohio State appear to be the two schools in front for him heading into the spring.

  1. 4-star DT Jaquaze Sorrells

Hometown (High School): Largo, Fla. (Largo)

Height/weight: 6-3, 270

Position rank/overall rank: No. 6 defensive tackle, No. 77 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami

Another player that was once a part of Florida’s 2019 class is defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells. The versatile defender de-committed from the Gators just before the new year. Florida remains in the hunt, but his visit schedule in the coming weeks and months will go a long way toward resetting his leaderboard. The Seminoles have a huge need for defensive tackles, so expect them to be aggressive in their pursuit of Sorrells moving forward.

  1. 4-star ATH Mark Richards

Hometown (High School): West Palm Beach, Fla. (Wellington)

Height/weight: 6-1, 194

Position rank/overall rank: No. 3 athlete, No. 39 overall

Schools of interest: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oregon

Two years ago, Ahmmon Richards was one of the top receivers in the 2016 cycle. This year, his younger brother, Mark Richards, is a two-way standout in the 2019 class. He could play either receiver or defensive back on the college level. Of course, Ahmmon is a standout receiver at Miami, so it makes sense the Hurricanes are considered the early favorites in Mark’s recruitment. If there’s one school to watch for other than Miami, it would be Auburn.

  1. 4-star OG Evan Neal

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 6-7, 378 pounds

Position rank/overall rank: No. 6 defensive tackle, No. 77 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami

While Richards has a sibling connection to Miami, there’s a similar tie for offensive lineman Evan Neal with Florida State as his cousin, Chaz Neal, signed with the Seminoles in the 2018 cycle earlier this month. Evan was once committed to Alabama briefly, but he’s attracted a lot of interest from schools around the country since he reopened his recruitment. Arkansas, Penn State and Texas A&M are some of the recent offers to come in for Neal.

  1. 4-star ATH Tyrique Stevenson

Hometown (High School): Homestead, Fla. (South Dade)

Height/weight: 6-2, 195

Position rank/overall rank: No. 8 athlete, No. 100 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami

Another former Florida commitment who rates as one of the top prospects in the 2019 cycle is athlete Tyrique Stevenson. The South Florida standout could play multiple positions in college, but most schools are looking at him to play in the secondary. As a junior, Stevenson recorded 69 tackles with 4 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Over the last three months, Auburn, Clemson and Miami have hosted him on visits.

  1. 5-star RB Noah Cain

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 5-11, 207

Position rank/overall rank: No. 3 running back, No. 26 overall

Schools of interest: LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma

It will be hard to top the talent in the backfield at IMG Academy. One player who makes up part of the loaded Ascenders backfield is Noah Cain. Auburn, Arkansas and Penn State are the most recent offers for Cain — who is approaching 30 offers heading into the spring. Florida State looks to be in the market for at least one running back in this class, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Seminoles enter the mix as a serious player for Cain in the coming months.

  1. 4-star OG Deyavie Hammond

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 6-4, 320

Position rank/overall rank: No. 2 offensive guard, No. 42 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia

Another Florida standout who made an early commitment only to back off of it was offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond. He was committed to Alabama before reopening his recruitment last month. Hammond is one of the top interior linemen in the 2019 class, and he could be the top player at his position in the state. There doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut favorite for his services at this time, which means the next set of visits he takes will take on a great amount of importance in his process.

  1. 5-star CB Akeem Dent

Hometown (High School): West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Central)

Height/weight: 6-0 1/2, 170

Position rank/overall rank: No. 1 corner, No. 13 overall

Schools of interest: Committed to Florida State

Akeem Dent initially committed to Miami in 2016 before reopening his recruitment last spring. Florida State got him on campus during the summer for one of its camp sessions and he pulled the trigger for the Seminoles. Dent is the nation’s top-ranked corner, and schools such as Alabama figure to come after him hard over the next few months. The Seminoles will have to work hard to hold onto his commitment.

  1. 4-star WR Frank Ladson

Hometown (High School): Miami, Fla. (South Dade)

Height/weight: 6-4, 170

Position rank/overall rank: No. 5 receiver, No. 42 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami

Last spring, Frank Ladson committed to the Florida Gators. He backed off that commitment in December and now has more than 25 offers heading into the spring. LSU and Penn State are his two most recent offers. Miami appears to be the school with the most momentum with Ladson heading into the spring.

  1. 5-star RB Trey Sanders

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 5-11 1/2, 216

Position rank/overall rank: No. 1 running back, No. 6 overall

Schools of interest: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia

Like Hammond, running back Trey Sanders was once committed to Alabama before de-committing last month. He is the nation’s top running back in the 2019 class. As a junior, Sanders rushed for 704 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging more than 9 yards per carry, according to MaxPreps. Florida State appears to be a school that has a great shot to land Sanders since he has reopened his process. It will be key for the Seminoles to get him on campus in the near future.

  1. 5-star DE Nolan Smith

Hometown (High School): Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

Height/weight: 6-3, 232

Position rank/overall rank: No. 3 weakside defensive end, No. 5 overall

Schools of interest: Committed to Georgia

Georgia got a major commitment for the 2019 cycle when Nolan Smith pledged to the Bulldogs in January 2017. Despite interest from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Miami, Smith has remained firm in that commitment. As a junior, Smith recorded 41 tackles—including 10 tackles for loss with 4 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and a blocked punt, according to MaxPreps. Expect other schools to pursue Smith, who represents one of the nation’s elite pass rushers in the 2019 cycle. But, in the end, he will be tough to pull away from the Bulldogs.

 

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