Florida State Football: Analyzing Seminoles' Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets

Bob FerranteContributor IMay 30, 2014

Five-star defensive end Josh Sweat is the top 2015 prospect on FSU's wish list.
Five-star defensive end Josh Sweat is the top 2015 prospect on FSU's wish list.247Sports

If there were five recruits to add to Florida State's 2015 signing class, a wish list for the future, who would be on it?

National signing day is still eight months away, but Florida State has 12 "hard commitments'' according to 247Sports, including Friday's commitment from tight end Jalen Wilkerson from Coffee in Douglas, Georgia. The list should grow as the rising seniors take visits to Tallahassee over the summer (with many of them arriving for coach Jimbo Fisher's camps on June 11-13 or July 16-18).

Let's take a look at five prospects that FSU would love to sign.


DE Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, Virginia, Oscar Smith)

At the top of the list, at least in the opinion of 247Sports analyst Chris Nee, is defensive end Josh Sweat. The 5-star prospect is quick off the ball and at 6'5" can still add to his 235-pound frame.

"He may be the best player in the entire country regardless of position," Nee said.

Sweat had 94 tackles and 22 sacks as a junior in 2013. The 247 Crystal Ball predictions for Sweat are split, with Virginia Tech and FSU as the two leaders.


DE Cece Jefferson (Glen St. Mary, Florida, Baker)

FSU is also pursuing defensive end CeCe Jefferson—but he appears to be a distant second. He had 68 tackles and 17.5 sacks as a junior.

The 6'2", 250-pound Baker product is an athletic, fast pass-rusher. The 247 Crystal Ball predictions lean heavily toward Jefferson signing with Florida. Jefferson said he knows where he will attend college but told 247Sports that he won't tell anyone but his mom and ex-girlfriend until national signing day.


DB Tarvarus McFadden (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, American Heritage)

FSU has landed three defensive backs, including a 5-star safety in Derwin James. Landing Tarvarus McFadden would give FSU a prospect that 247Sports considers the No. 5 corner in the nation.

At 6'3" and 200 pounds, McFadden has the size and physicality to match up with a team's No. 1 receiver. 247Sports' Josh Newberg believes that FSU is "in the driver's seat" for McFadden. The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have McFadden leaning heavily toward FSU over LSU.


RB Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Florida, Timber Creek)

At 6'1" and 220 pounds, Jacques Patrick has steamrolled defenses for three seasons, racking up 5,385 yards and 67 touchdowns. He's surpassed 2,000 rushing yards in each of the last two seasons.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball projects that Patrick will land at FSU.

Jimbo Fisher loves to stockpile running backs. He simply can't have enough. This may not be a position of need in 2015, but for the long haul, Patrick could be a key part of the Seminoles.


RB Johnny Frasier (Princeton, North Carolina)

Considered the top running back in the nation by 247Sports, Johnny Frasier put up video game numbers last season (3,042 rushing yards, 45 touchdowns). While not as tall or big as Patrick (Frasier is 5'11", 200 lbs), he is a physical, powerful back. Frasier is pretty fast, too, clocking in at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Despite interest from Duke, North Carolina and Georgia, 247Sports' Crystal Ball predicts that Frasier will choose FSU.

Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bob on Twitter.