Florida State Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
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Monday, July 22
Florida State has snagged a talented running back in Jonathan Vickers. A 3-star recruit, Vickers decided to stay close to home and pick the Seminoles over Alabama, Clemson and Cal, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports.
"(FSU's) reputation for academics is just incredible," Vickers said. "I love their coach, Jimbo Fisher, and running backs coach, Coach (Jay) Graham. I got to know those guys pretty well. So they were just family oriented. Facilities and everything. So that was pretty great."
Tuesday, July 16
Florida State may soon receive the commitment from defensive end Rick Leonard. The 3-star strong-side lineman is expected to visit Florida State and make a decision soon after, per Josh Newberg of 247Sports (subscription required).
"I'm down to Florida State and Clemson," Leonard said. "I'll be in Tallahassee for three or four days and then I'll probably make a decision after the visit. I think I'll be ready to make a decision a week or so afterward."
Leonard will visit Florida State with his parents, according to the report, and hopes to participate in day one of FSU camp.
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Wednesday, May 29
"I committed to Florida State," Pugh told Noles247.com.
The hometown kid picked the Seminoles over Alabama and Florida. To see how this impacts the Florida State defense and what Pugh brings to the table, click here.
Tuesday, May 28
Florida State is trying to continue its rich tradition of landing players from the famous St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The latest player from the school to receive an offer is 3-star running back Madre London, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports. London said:
It meant a lot to me to know that I had my first in-state school to offer me. They run the ball a lot and they need a running back. If I were to go to Florida State hopefully it would feel like home and it would continue with St. Thomas Aquinas players going there.
London has several other offers on the table but hopes to visit the Seminoles either in June or July. According to the report, he has also put Florida State in his short list of schools that interest him right away.
“Wisconsin, Florida State, Nebraska, Boston College, and Illinois,” London said.
Tuesday, May 21
Local four-star running back Johnathan Vickers has been offered by Florida State - es.pn/12J0Guw— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) May 21, 2013
Vickers has made numerous unofficial visits to Florida State and seems to have the Seminoles in the conversation, according to his 247Sports page.
Friday, May 17
Offensive tackle Jesse Burkett has plenty of offers on the table from mediocre football teams, but his latest offer is from Florida State. Burkett is a 3-star recruit, but he has room to grow into his lengthy 6'5" frame and become a solid player at the college level.
Wednesday, May 15
"Florida State is standing out to me right now," Marshall said. "It's the connection I have with them. I have a really good relationship with coach [Jeremy] Pruitt."
While Marshall is high on the Seminoles, he did grow up a Florida Gators fan and has them in the running as well. According to the report, Marshall will make his decision based on relationships and opportunity for early playing time.
Tuesday, May 14
Arguably the top overall player in this recruiting class is running back Leonard Fournette. The favorites for his services early on are LSU and Alabama, but according to Josh Newberg of 247Sports, Florida State will visit the 5-star recruit today.
Monday, May 13
Defensive end Jalyn Holmes also hopes to visit Florida State soon, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports (subscription required). The school is recruiting him as a tight end and defensive end, but he would prefer to play on defense.
“They are a school that I have always wanted to go to,” Holmes said. “It is a school that I have been growing up watching since I was little. I was a fan of the team.”
According to the report, Holmes hopes to make a visit in July. Other schools making an early impact include Clemson, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Monday, May 13
"I'm going to at least five schools this summer,” Reed said. “It'll be UCF, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State and most likely USF."
Reed says he is still waiting for an offer from the Florida Gators and won't make his decision until he is at least halfway through his senior season.
Florida State may be in position to snag 4-star running back Derrell Scott. After talking with running back coach Jay Graham, Scott is now torn between Florida State and South Carolina, according to Michael Clark of Scout (subscription required):
“Right now, Florida State is getting really close to passing South Carolina. Those schools are tied at the top for me now.”
Scott, who plays his football in Havelock, N.C., also said that North Carolina State is moving up the totem pole. According to the report, he plans to take trips to Florida State, West Virginia and Ohio State later this summer.
Kevin Toliver II is a 2015 recruit who has already given the LSU Tigers his verbal commitment. However, he is keeping his options open, and one of the schools he is looking at is Florida State, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports (subscription required):
Coach Pruitt said that he wants me to come in as a starter. He told me he needs big cornerbacks with the kind of defense that he runs. I plan to go to some of their games and see what kind of defense that he runs.
Toliver attended junior day on February 16 and currently plays on both sides of the ball at his high school in Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Academy)
In a very bizarre story, 2013 recruit Matthew Thomas does not want to play for Florida State, according to Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald. Florida State is not willing to release him and hopes to talk things out, but Thomas says he clearly made the wrong decision:
What happened was on Signing Day [was] I wasn’t sure who I wanted to sign with. I had issues with different schools. But when I told my mom I didn’t want to sign with anybody and wait and give it a few days she said I couldn’t do that. She said, "FSU is a good school – pick them. It’s close to home." I wasn’t agreeing with it. But I felt like I was being disrespectful to her if I didn’t sign. So I made her happy.
This is a story that is sure to get interesting as more details unfold.
Florida State has extended 2015 athlete Christian Kirk an offer, according to Corey Dowlar of ESPN (subscription required). Kirk plays wide receiver in Scottsdale, Ariz. but can play multiple positions. He took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M on April 13 and has other offers from Tennessee, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.
Florida State has been busy lately, extending offers left and right. Another player to be on the receiving end is cornerback Tajee Fullwood. A player capable of playing either side of the ball, Fullwood couldn't be any more excited about his offer, according to Corey Dowlar of ESPN (subscription required).
"It is. I have been looking at that school before," he said. "It just pushes them to the top.
"I am going to take my time, take all my visits."
Fullwood grew up a Florida State fan and says he will make a couple of visits this summer, but he doesn't have a clue which schools they will be. According to the report, Fullwood is going to take his time and may end up waiting until national signing day to make a decision.
Kyle Gibson is another safety to receive an offer from Florida State. Growing up in the Florida area (Seffner), Gibson was waiting for this offer and has the Seminoles ranked fairly high, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports (subscription required).
“Probably top five, if I were to make an official one,” Gibson said.
Gibson told Nee that he hopes to release an official list near the end of spring or early summer. After a visit to the Vanderbilt spring game, the Commodores are considered the front-runner, according to the 247Sports interest list.
With Florida State losing some experience in the secondary after the 2013 season, safety Kendall Gant has received an offer, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports (subscription required). Gant is good friends with athlete Derwin James, who is already committed to Florida State. Gant says he will ask him about the Seminoles real soon, according to the report.
As for how this impacts his recruiting, Gant will begin trimming schools down at the end of the spring. He also told Nee that Florida State will likely be in the mix once cuts are made.
“They probably will be,” Gant said.
Gant also has offers from Alabama, Florida and Ohio State, among others.
Offensive tackle Bailey Granier received an offer from Florida State, according to Corey Dowlar of ESPN (subscription required). Already interested in schools such as Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Alabama, Dowlar says this offer throws the Seminoles in the conversation, and he hopes to visit soon:
I am just going to one-day camps. When I go there, I am going to spend the night there most likely and get to know the city. That's a big part. I need to know that I am going to like where I am living.
Granier told Dowlar that he hopes to make a final decision before his senior season.
Florida State is the latest to offer safety Mattrell McGraw, according to Chris Nee of 247Sports (subscription required). Capable of playing anywhere in the defensive backfield, McGraw is interested in the Seminoles and hopes to visit the school soon.
“I plan to be out there some time pretty soon with (four-star wide receiver) Malachi Dupre, my best friend which is my teammate,” McGraw said. “Sometime in June, probably.”
McGraw has offers from every school imaginable and has already checked out UCLA, Oregon, LSU and Alabama unofficially, according to his 247Sports timeline.
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