Florida State Football Recruiting: In-State Prospects 'Noles Can't Let Slip Away

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 26, 2014

Florida State Football Recruiting: In-State Prospects 'Noles Can't Let Slip Away

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    Florida State won the national championship last season, so the Seminoles are certainly feeling fantastic about themselves. However, recruiting doesn't stop, and Florida State must not let any of its top in-state targets slip away.

    Head coach Jimbo Fisher needs to make sure he holds onto a commitment from a talented 4-star cornerback, while a 5-star defensive back is also a priority. Plus, a 4-star running back is on Fisher's list.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Garrett Williams, TE

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    At 6'4" and 220 pounds, 4-star tight end Garrett Williams is more of a jumbo receiver at this point. He doesn't back down from anyone at the point of attack, but Williams' hands and ball skills are his top assets.

    The 4-star tight end can race up the seams before quickly separating from defenders to come open out of his breaks. Florida State is among a top quartet of schools for him, along with Clemson, Stanford and Auburn, according to 247Sports.

William Sweet, DE/OT

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    Hailing from Jacksonville, William Sweet is a 4-star prospect who can play in the trenches on either side of the ball.

    The 6'5", 270-pounder is a great athlete for his size, plus he has good quickness. Sweet has the potential to develop into an excellent pass-blocking left tackle, but his length and ability to surge in short areas also make him an ideal defensive end.

    Florida State, Florida and North Carolina are his top schools, says 247Sports

Sh'mar Kilby-Lane, LB

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    Sh'mar Kilby-Lane is a 4-star linebacker who is at his best when attacking the line of scrimmage versus running plays. The 6'2", 215-pounder is a tough defender who has the strength to stack and shed blocks at the point of attack.

    Kilby-Lane, who attends Hallandale High School in Florida, has adequate speed. He can cover on passing downs, but his value on third down is maximized as a blitzer.

    Ohio State, Alabama and Florida State are out in front for him, per 247Sports.

Ray-Ray McCloud III, RB/ATH

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    A Tampa native, Ray-Ray McCloud III is a 4-star athlete who can play multiple positions. He can be viewed as a potential scat-back at the running back position due to his speed and agility.

    However, McCloud has the quickness to launch off the line and get on top of cornerbacks on the perimeter as a receiver. He also has the athleticism to play cornerback.

    Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State are among his top schools, according to 247Sports.

Jacques Patrick, RB

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    At 6'1" and 210 pounds, Jacques Patrick is a 4-star running back from Orlando who is at his best in a straight line.

    Patrick has good strength and power to break tackles in alleys, and he displays above-average quickness to get to the second level. He's not going to pull away from anybody in the open field, but he's capable of keeping the chains moving.

    Florida and Florida State are his top schools, per 247Sports

Christian Pellage, OT

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    Christian Pellage is a raw 4-star offensive tackle with a bright future. He'll need to clean up his footwork, hand placement and other parts of his technique, but there's a lot to work with in Pellage.

    The 6'7", 271-pounder has long arms to keep defenders from getting under his pads. He also has solid quickness at the snap, plus he plays tough at the point of attack. Pellage has a ton of potential.

    Florida State, Florida and Georgia are some of his top suitors, says 247Sports.

John Burt, WR

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    A 4-star receiver, John Burt needs to add more bulk to his 170-pound frame. However, at 6'3", he can do a lot of different things on the perimeter.

    Burt, who goes to Tallahassee Lincoln High School in Florida, has good quickness at the bottom of his routes. He displays solid speed to climb to the third level, plus he has big mitts to pluck passes.

    Florida State, Texas and Auburn lead for him, says 247Sports

Da'Vante Phillips, WR

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    Da'Vante Phillips is a receiver opposing cornerbacks need to watch a lot of film on before they face him. By looking at Phillips' listed size of 6'1" and 175 pounds, it's easy to assume the 4-star receiver is a speedy slickster on the perimeter.

    However, Phillips actually relishes press-man coverage, as he is a physical presence who has deceptive strength. He can work his way through jams, and he runs with power after the catch.

    It's Florida State versus Miami for him right now, according to 247Sports.

Tyrek Cole, CB

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    Among the top cornerbacks in the country is 4-star cover man Tyrek Cole. At 5'11.5" and 170 pounds, Cole isn't the strongest cornerback in press coverage, but he's sticky on receivers.

    He attends Miramar High School in the Hollywood section of Florida, where he's made a name for himself by displaying quick feet, balance and outstanding short-area quickness in coverage. 

    Cole is committed to Florida State, but the Seminoles will have to stay on him. Schools such as Miami, Alabama and Florida are in the mix, according to a report by Gary Ferman of CaneSport.com (subscription required)

    Ferman wrote on March 25, "UM is pulling out all the stops to try and get him to reconsider that decision."

Jeffery Holland, LB

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    Jeffery Holland is a 5-star linebacker who could be ready to play as a true freshman. The Jacksonville native is already 6'2" and 230 pounds, and he'll likely get bigger than that.

    Holland runs well for his size, showing great speed to chase ball-carriers all over the box to make stops. He's strong and stout at the point of attack, finds the ball quickly and has the athleticism to stay on the field on third downs to help in coverage.

    Florida State is in the mix, according to 247Sports, but keep an eye on Florida and Auburn. 

Tarvarus McFadden, DB

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    At 6'3" and just about 200 pounds, Tarvarus McFadden looks like an outside linebacker. However, the 5-star prospect plays a ton at cornerback, plus he can work well at safety.

    McFadden has great movement skills, as he can be effective in off-man and zone coverage. He also has the strength to press receivers and tight ends at the line, plus he has impressive ball skills. The Fort Lauderdale native is a terrific prospect.

    Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Florida and Georgia are just the tip of the iceberg of suitors for him, per 247Sports.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.