Florida State Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

Perry KostidakisContributor IDecember 27, 2013

Florida State Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

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    Florida State is preparing to play for a national championship in Pasadena, but Seminole coaches are attempting to finish strong on another playing field: the recruiting trail. Jimbo Fisher is putting together his second recruiting class with a staff that was just installed last year, and he hopes to piece another top-10 group together. 

    Check back here from now until national signing day on February 6 for the latest news on Seminole recruiting.  All recruiting rankings come from 247sports.

Latest News: Marlon Humphrey Commits to Alabama

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    Despite a late push by Florida State to land the five-star corner, Marlon Humphrey is staying in his home state and will play for Alabama. 

     

Quarterbacks

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    JJ Cosentino
    JJ Cosentino247sports

    Targets

    FSU is currently not on the lookout for any quarterbacks since Jacob Coker has two years of eligibility and Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire both have three more years of eligibility. 

    Commitments

    FSU has two solid commitments from quarterbacks: J.J Cosentino from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh and Treon Harris from Booker T. Washington in Miami, Fla. Both are 4-star recruits. 

     

    Analysis

    Cosentino is the 10th-rated pro-style quarterback and is a physical specimen at 6'4", 223 lbs. Meanwhile, Harris (5'11", 180 lbs) is more likely to convert to another position due to being also committed as an athlete. Both are great additions to an already good group of quarterbacks. 

Running Backs

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    Jonathan Vickers
    Jonathan Vickers247sports

    Targets

    Florida State has two huge commits, Dalvin Cook and Jonathan Vickers who will add depth to a position group that may see two players leave early for the draft. Still being recruited Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C.), Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa.), T.J. Harrell (Tampa Catholic, Fla.), Donte Thomas Williams (Durham Hillside, N.C.) and Jeff Jones (Washburn, Minn.).

     

    Commitments

    Jonathan Vickers is a local 3-star commit, having attended Tallahassee North Florida Christian. At 5'11", 212 lbs, Vickers is big and holds offers from 19 FBS schools. Cook, of course, is the No. 2 running back in the class of 2015, and for good reason. He flipped from rival University of Florida and will now play for the Seminoles. 

     

    Analysis

    While Vickers is a good pickup, the Seminoles will greatly benefit from the commitment of Dalvin Cook, since there is a possibility that current running backs James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman could be headed to the NFL and the fact that Karlos Williams only has one more year of eligibility. This went from a question mark position to now possibly FSU's strongest prospect group in a mere matter of minutes when Cook announced his decision.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Targets

    FSU has an eye on a pair of 5-star wide receivers: Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla.) and Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La.). Joining them is Darrell Langham (Lake Worth, Fla.). Lane is committed to Florida, but FSU is hoping he'll flip, and Dupre was considered to be an LSU lock, but Jameis Winston is now doing his best to get the receiver to Tallahassee. 

     

    Commitments

    On the tight end side, FSU is pretty satisfied with two 3-star commits who are among the top tight ends in the country: Ryan Izzo from New Jersey and Mavin Saunders from Texas. The Seminoles also have two wide receiver commits in Jojo Robinson (Miami, Fla.) and C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla.). Robinson isn't fully committed, and some expect him to instead sign with the hometown Miami Hurricanes. Travis Rudolph is also a commit for the Seminoles, a great pickup.

     

    Analysis

    Much like the running backs, ithe Seminoles benefited from getting a few of their top targets. If they can get Lane or Dupre, as well as preventing a Robinson flip to Miami, it'll be a successful wide receiver class for Florida State.  

Offensive Line

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    Chad Mavety
    Chad Mavety247sports

    Targets

    Florida State is going after a 5-star in Damian Prince (District Heights, Md.), a pair of 4-star recruits in Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo.) and Jordan Prestwood (Plant City, Fla.) and 3-star Frank Ragnow (Chanhassen, Minn.). Prince appears to be leaning toward Maryland, while FSU is the favorite for Ragnow, Johnson and Prestwood, the latter being a JUCO target who started his career at Florida State.

     

    Commitments

    The Seminoles have six commitments, including 4-star players Kareem Are (Fort Scott, Kan.) and Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y.) as well as 3-star commits Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville Va.), Ethan Frith (Summit  Miss.), Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla.) and Brock Ruble (Hyattsville, Md.).

     

    Analysis

    If FSU can add one or two more commitments, which it very well should, it will be a good recruiting class for Rick Trickett to develop. 

Defensive Line

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    Demarcus Christmas
    Demarcus Christmas247sports

    Targets

    FSU has eyes on a few recruits, mainly 5-star standouts Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.) and Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C.), both of whom have been hard to pin down in regard to potential locations. 

     

    Commitments

    There are currently seven players committed to play football for Florida State: 4-stars Demarcus Christmas (Bradenton, Fla.) and Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C.), and 3-stars Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla.), Rick Leonard (Middletown, Md.), Arthur Williams (Fayetteville, N.C.) Frederick Jones (Miami, Fla.) and Adam Torres (Lake Mary, Fla.). All are expected to stick with their commitments except for Wideman, who may end up at South Carolina. 

    The most recent commitment came Wednesday, when No. 4 defensive end Lorenzo Featherman announced he would attend Florida State after visiting Florida, Florida State and Clemson. 

    Analysis

    The Seminoles may lose four players on the defensive line following the season and are well set up to adjust to those losses. With a multitude of potential breakout stars, the defensive line is another strong position group for FSU. 

Linebackers

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    Kain Daub
    Kain Daub247sports

    Targets

    With one 5-star and two 4-star commitments, FSU is currently not strong on any linebackers except for four-star Kenny Young, who is from the same high school as Malachi Dupre.

     

    Commitments

    Perhaps the strongest position group that FSU has so far: 5-star Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 4-stars Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla.) and Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla.). 

     

    Analysis

    This is a great group of players, which should help with the loss of Telvin Smith and Christian Jones to graduation. 

Defensive Backs

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    Marlon Humphrey
    Marlon Humphrey247sports

    Targets

    There are a multitude of DBs on FSU's radar, as the Seminoles are going to be in a position where it will need to replace Lamarcus Joyner and Terrance Brooks. Of all the 5-star recruits that FSU is looking at, Marlon Humphrey (Birmingham, Ala.) is the most likely to commit, as Jameis Winston is leading the charge on recruiting him.

    Other 5-star recruits include Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C.) and Adoree Jackson (Gardena, Calf.), though the latter isn't likely to end up in Tallahassee. There are also eyes on 4-stars Kendarius Webster (Stockbridge, Ga.), Kendall Sawyer (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla.), Mike Johnson (Clearwater, Fla.), Deoin Hallman (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Mattrell McGraw (New Orleans, La.). 

     

    Commitments

    FSU has commitments from 4-star Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla.) and 3-star Malique Jackson (Jesup, Ga.), both of whom are two very good prospects. 

     

    Analysis

    Just like the receivers and running backs, the Seminoles need to finish strong in the defenisve back position to assure a good group. 

Special Teams

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    Stephen Gabbard
    Stephen Gabbard247sports

    Targets

    FSU has no current targets for special teams.

     

    Commitments

    Stephen Gabbard (Tallahassee, Fla.) is the third-ranked long snapper in the country, according to 247sports, and has committed to play for the 'Noles. 

     

    Analysis

    With Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Roberto Aguayo and punter Cason Beatty still having three years of eligibility left, there was no need for the Seminoles to look anywhere other than long snapper.