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Elite prospects headed to Tallahassee this weekend
Florida State will kick off its first major event for the 2019 cycle this weekend as coach Willie Taggart and his staff host their first junior day.
And the Seminoles are expected to have a select group of elite prospects on campus.
There will be a mix of standouts from the Sunshine State and key out-of-state visitors making their way to Tallahassee.
So, who are some of the prospects most worth keeping tabs on this weekend, and who are some players that could be on commitment watch?
We’ll tackle that and more as we preview the first Florida State junior day of 2018.
In-state WR excited for visit
Florida State is likely to heavily target wide receiver again in the 2019 cycle.
One player who could figure prominently on the Seminoles’ board is 4-star Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna receiver John Dunmore. The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Dunmore rates as the nation’s No. 27 wide receiver and the No. 152 player overall, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
FSU This Weekend …
— Jdsunn__ (@JohnDunmore2) February 13, 2018
The former Florida commit told Florida State DieHards that he’s excited about spending time with Taggart and the new Seminoles staff.
Florida State has not offered him, but if that were to happen, it could be a significant development in his recruitment.
“FSU would be my dream offer, but I don’t have an offer from them just yet,” Dunmore said. “I do realize that football is a business so I try not to get caught up in feelings because the old staff wasn’t recruiting me at all. I figured that after speaking with my family and the new staff that I would give it a chance once I opened my recruitment back up.”
Dunmore is familiar with the campus having made it up last fall for a game. This time around, he is looking forward to hearing Taggart’s vision for the future of the program.
“I did attend the home game vs. [Miami] last year and the atmosphere was crazy! From the fans to the players it was awesome,” Dunmore explained. “So, I’ve been on campus before. It’s just that this time around I want to see how the new staff treats me. So far, the new staff has been treating me differently and that’s a good sign. I just would like for that to continue and we’ll go from there.”
One significant change is the dialogue between Dunmore and this staff, as he’s hearing from multiple coaches. Among them are tight ends coach Telly Lockette, receivers coach David Kelly, offensive coordinator Walt Bell, running backs coach Donte Pimpleton and special teams coach Alonzo Hampton.
“That’s why I said it’s a little different this time around. A good kind of different. I love that.”
Other visitors of note
There will be prospects in the 2019, ’20 and ’21 classes making their way to Tallahassee this weekend.
We’ll look primarily at the 2019 class since that’s where the staff’s focus will likely be.
As noted by Tomahawk Nation’s Bud Elliott, the Seminoles are set to welcome a strong crop of 2019 standouts to campus.
A handful of prospects from Sunshine State prep powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., are set to visit, including three offensive linemen. The headliners of that group include 4-star guard Dontae Lucas and 4-star linebacker Jaleel McRae.
The 6-3, 323-pound Lucas rates as the nation’s No. 8 guard and the No. 176 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports rankings.
FSU this weekend #GoNoles
— Devin C. Bush5️⃣ (@Dev_Bush1) February 13, 2018
McRae is a former Florida commit who ranks among the nation’s top outside linebackers in the 2019 class.
Another defender of note is 3-star Auburndale (Fla.) defensive end Lloyd Summerall. The 6-5, 218-pound pass rusher is one of the nation’s fastest-rising prospects, with schools such as Alabama, Florida and South Carolina jumping in with offers earlier this month.
Among out-of-state visitors, 4-star New Orleans Karr High School cornerback Devin Bush is an intriguing addition to this list. The Seminoles have a long history of recruiting elite defensive backs, and getting Bush on campus early is a good sign of their chances to remain in his recruitment moving forward.
Overall, it’s a nice collection of talent that will be assembled on Florida State’s campus for the next few days.
With this much talent on campus and an atmosphere that is likely to be festive in nature, there’s a chance Florida State’s 2019 class could grow in the coming days.
The best chance could come with Lucas, and it would be a major pickup if it would occur for a few reasons.
For starters, offensive line is a major need in this cycle and Lucas represents one of the top interior line prospects in the country.
Additionally, getting a talented prospect from IMG Academy wouldn’t hurt Florida State’s efforts in recruiting other talented players from that program in this and future cycles.
Right now, he’s the one player to watch, but there are certainly other possibilities that could arise over the weekend.
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