As the national signing day approaches, the last crop of the top talented recruits in the country are scrambling to make visits and narrowing down their decisions as to where they will be playing in the fall. There are plenty of young men still deciding on where they will be playing next season, but there are also some young men who are committed to a school but are still entertaining other options.
For Florida State, there are a handful of key recruits that they must have. Obviously, priority No. 1 is to hang on to the guys that are already committed—most notably Mario Edwards Jr., Jameis Winston, Dante Fowler Jr., Chris Casher and P.J. Williams.
Edwards Jr. gets the most publicity because according to ESPN, he's the No. 1 prospect in the country and with a last-minute visit to LSU, Florida State is on pins and needles wondering if his long-time commitment, which he made very public last March, is beginning to waver.
Winston also has the opportunity to play professional baseball when he gets drafted later this spring. Both recruits are the kind of players that could make or break a recruiting class. Right now Florida State has the third-ranked class according to ESPN. Without Edwards Jr. and Winston, that class will surely take a large drop.
There are still other recruits that are on Florida State's radar and they are must-have recruits to cement this class as one of the best in the country.
Since Edwards Jr. and Winston are already committed, they won't be included in this list.
Josh Harvey-Clemons is one of the top defensive players in the country and has the frame to be huge when he gets to college. He's very versatile and athletic and would be a great addition to any team.
It's widely known that he has Georgia as one of his favorites; he's an in-state prospect after all, but he's taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend and it's up to Jimbo Fisher to sweet-talk him into committing. Florida is also in the mix., according to ESPN.
While Harvey-Clemons most likely will stay close to home and play for Georgia, he would be an absolute steal for FSU, especially since Nigel Bradham has graduated and Harvey-Clemons could step in and provide some much-needed depth.
Andrus Peat is a 6'7" 300-pound offensive tackle prospect. While D.J. Humphries is the top tackle in the country, Peat is close behind. The Arizona native has a wide number of suitors, most notably USC, Nebraska, Stanford and of course, Florida State.
Peat would be one of the top offensive line prospects ever to commit to Florida State and it's no stretch of the imagination that he would start at either left tackle or right tackle in the fall. As seen this season, offensive line coach Rick Trickitt isn't afraid to start true freshmen, and Peat would be one of the most talented people on the line.
He is a must-have recruit for that sole reason. Florida State needs offensive linemen in the worst way.
Imagine this defensive line in two years: Bjoern Werner, Timmy Jernigan, Eddie Goldman and Mario Edwards. Sounds scary, doesn't it? It needs to be a reality.
Mario Edwards Jr., as said before, needs to stay committed and be paired up with Goldman. The two could be a wrecking crew for the future. Add in guys like Dante Fowler Jr. and Chris Casher, and this could be the best defensive line ever.
Goldman has been public in saying how much he likes Florida State; now he needs to pull the trigger and commit.
Tracy Howard is the top cornerback in the class and rightfully so. He's very impressive and has the fluidity and athleticism to contribute right away as a true freshman. He's multi-talented and has what it takes to be an elite player at the next level.
Here's the problem for Florida State: Howard loves Florida. He's been vocal about the Gators and it's a safe bet to say that's where he will be going, but there is still time. Howard could learn behind Xavier Rhodes and Greg Reid this upcoming season while still playing in nickel and dime situations. He may not see it that way though, and he may want to be a starter or at least compete for a starting role elsewhere.
Either way, he's a must-have for the 'Noles.
Another must-have cornerback prospect for Florida State, Ronald Darby is almost the same size as Howard although he may be slightly bigger. He possesses all the skills to be an elite player in college.
Darby was once committed to Notre Dame, but has since re-opened his recruitment and in particular, he's been high on Florida State, according to ESPN.
Darby is another must-have and it's more likely that Florida State will get Darby before they get Howard. The two could be the future of Florida State's secondary, which is why it's important that both of them commit.
Nelson Agholor is one of the most athletic prospects in the country. He could play a number of different positions, but most scouts think he is best suited as a wide receiver.
Florida State needs wide receivers and Agholor could see playing time right away. While the 'Noles have a lot of young talent at receiver, there is always room for another playmaker.
Florida seems to be the leader for Agholor, according to Gator Prospectus, but Florida State could still get him. He made an official visit to Florida State last weekend. Hopefully that will help sway his decision to play for the Seminoles and not the Gators.
Leonard Williams had nothing but great things to say about his visit to Florida State last weekend. according to ESPN. Up until then, his recruitment seemed to be locked up by Florida, but he now has a big decision to make. USC is also in the mix as well as Auburn, but it seems like Williams will likely stay close to home and stick with either the Gators or the Seminoles.
One reason why he should play for Florida State is just the potential of being part of one of the best defensive lines ever. He's another solid defensive lineman that could play either end or tackle and could provide much-needed depth right away while being poised for a monster future at Florida State.
He's a must-have for the simple fact that you can never have enough great defensive linemen and that appears to be Florida State's focus.