A few months ago, I set up my first soccer photo recruiting class in Florida, and you can view this article here to see how things have changed since a weekend eve in Notre Dame. Some predictions definitely came true while others…not so much. Now it’s time to update and release my second dummy class.
Below is FSU’s current employment category, ranked 13th in the country and 3rd in the ACC (behind Clemson Tigers And North Carolina Tar HeelsAt the time of writing this report:
NoleThruandThru’s Second Tribe ’22 Fake Class
This is how I think things are shaking up as of today – I’m still running on my pre-predict of a clearly-improved FSU win 6 wins and a pot game berth. I’m also working with a standard class size of 25 for high school prospects and don’t consider transfer gate additions or numbers at this time, though FSU can add up to seven transfers in addition to the 25 traditionally allotted. In the end, I don’t expect FSU to take a whole class of high school prospects – they won’t waste scholarships.
QB 4 star AJ Duffy (EE confirmed)
3 star RB Rodney Hill (EE confirmed)
WR 5 star Kevin Coleman
WR 3 stars
TE 3 star Brian Courtney (EE confirmed)
TE 3 stars Jerrale Powers
OL 4 star Julian Armella
OL 4 star Jaylen Early
OL 4 star Qishun Saab
4 stars OL Ty Woody
OL 3 star Daughtry Richardson (EE confirmed)
OL 3 star Kanaya Charlton (EE confirmed)
DL 4 star Marvin Jones, Jr.
DL 4 star Tire West (EE Confirmation)
DL 3 star Aaron Hester (EE confirmed)
DL 3 star Bishop Thomas (EE confirmed)
DL 3 star Daniel Lyons (EE confirmed)
LB 4 stars Daniel Martin
LB 4 stars Wesley Besanthe
3-star LB Omar Graham Jr. (EE confirmed)
DB6 Star Travis Hunter (EE confirmed)
Sam McCall, DB5 star (EE confirmed)
22 total committed high school
- Moving locations to watch: offensive line (one more, probably inland, hopefully someone who can play midfield); wide receiver (1-2); linebacker (1-2); defensive back (1-2); defensive line (1-2, one DT and/or one DE); midfielder (0-1); narrow end (0-1); kicker (0-1); Run backwards (0-1, depending on decrement)
- Regarding the non-committed prospects I listed in the class, here are the details of my confidence (most to least):
a. West Pictures: West, who remains committed to the Georgia Bulldogs, will be publicly committed to FSU during or after his official visit on December 4. Credit Sapp for help with this.
2. Wesley Besanthi: Despite giving Miami (Florida) every opportunity to convince him to stay home, Bisan makes the business decision to play in Tallahassee, pledging publicly to FSU on December 4 (hopefully on campus). Randy Shannon and Joseph Sept with help, but we have to give Chris Marv fame here.
Dr.. Julian Armilla: It looks like the Alabama Crimson Tide has moved on to other goals, and LSU doesn’t have a coach, so it hits the Seminoles and keeps the legacy at home. Armella has always been described as the most important recruit in years at FSU (based on old status, position and perception), and will now officially wear opal and gold.
very funny. Kevin Coleman: FSU and Oregon are fighting for Coleman, and I’ll give FSU about 55/45 edge for now. For me, it’s simple in the end: If FSU brings Coleman back to Tallahassee in December, that’s a file for Noles. If not, he’ll be a nail judge, but as of today I think FSU will land him.
And. Marvin Jones Jr.: This will come down to Alabama and FSU, and I think it’s really 50/50 right now. Alabama has a lot to sell and his best friend Earl Little Jr is likely to commit to Alabama before ESP. However, FSU offers him an opportunity to grow into the Jermaine Johnson model and bring his father’s program back to the fore. This is a tough call, but I think Knowles will eventually win his favor.
Mullen. Daniel Martin: Martin is cheating because he doesn’t say much. He loves FSU and has mentioned his desire to be back on campus, so I have to believe the coaches will be bringing him over the weekend in December. The Oregon Ducks and Vanderbilt Commodores are also strong contenders, but I’ll take a picture and pick FSU. Least confident in this choice.
- Regarding the 2021 WR Destyn Hill 4-star: Coaches still expect him to enroll in January 2022, but I’m not including him in the class because we don’t yet know how his scholarship will be coded.
- Regarding the 4-star OL/DL Tae Woody: For a while I thought the Auburn Tigers would flip Woody, but the FSU crew fought back, and I think they’d eventually stick to the versatile man of the line. Big victory there!
- Regarding 3-star ATH/QB Thomas Castellanos: I know coaches still want him in the class, no matter the position. I’m not sure to expect a switch from UCF riders to FSU just yet, but if FSU brings it back to campus in December, I’ll probably add it.
- Regarding 4 stars RB Jovantae Barnes: I really wanted to add. I really did. However, at this time, it looks like FSU will finish second to the Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Sooners. This is one to watch, though, as FSU has made a huge move with it and could lead to an upset.
- Regarding the 4-star ATH Kendrick Law: Another possibility I really want, but I think Alabama is still ahead. I absolutely love Law’s skill set and capabilities, so this makes me sad. If there was any way he was somehow pressed into Alabama, FSU could have seen him fall into her lap. I really hope it does but I’m not confident enough to put it in the decoration.
- Regarding 4-star DB Earl Little, Jr: I don’t agree with those who say Little and Marvin Jones, Jr. It’s a package deal. As much as I wanted to include Little in this chapter as a surprise commitment, the references are very strong toward Alabama. This is one to watch, as Crimson Tide is in good shape for several of their defensive backs, and Little may eventually find himself out of numbers. If it did, it would be Seminole. Anticipate the reward: If he picks Little Alabama, but eventually gets into the gate, he’ll transfer to FSU. Book it.
- On five-star safety Kamari Wilson: I can’t see Georgia losing him, but FSU snuck into second place for him and might get him on campus again in December, which might raise a lot of eyebrows. Regardless, the staff positioned themselves as their first diversion destination should they enter the gate.
- Regarding 4-star ATH Azaryeh Thomas: After he reopens his appointment, staff can come back to Thomas to see if he can gain traction this time around. It’s too early to tell just yet, but stay tuned. He is likely to remain in the SEC, and Georgia Tech has an older brother.
- Regarding the 4 star OT Elijah Pritchett: The staff continues to communicate regularly with Pritchett. I think he’ll stick with Alabama, but FSU has set itself up very well if anything changes either now or later.
- Regarding the 4-star DE Nyjalik Kelly: Just because I know people will ask, I still think he’ll end up in a different program, most likely the one who gives him the most incentive.
- Regarding the 4-star DL Trevion Williams: I still think the Ole Miss Rebels or Mississippi State Bulldogs (currently a favorite) will eventually land Williams, but if things stretch into February, he may be in line for some bigger shows. I’d be (pleasantly) surprised if FSU could bring it back.
- Regarding co-star De Dante Anderson: Fellow Daniel Lyons expected to make an official visit to FSU in December, I’m not sure the staff will give him the green light to commit. Since I predicted Marvin Jones on FSU, I’ll be leaving Anderson out of the class. If Jones ends up choosing Alabama, Anderson can get the green light and commit to FSU.
- Regarding 3-star DB DeCarlos Nicholson: The FSU staff really wants Nicholson, but I think he’ll either stick with the Kentucky Wildcats commitment, or transfer to one of the Mississippi schools (in-state).
- If – and that’s a big event – coaches 4-star LB (not safe) Yaron Willis forgive his summer cheat and decide to push hard for his commitment, I still think he’ll eventually flip to FSU. However, as of today, I don’t know if the coaches will allow that to happen with Norville focusing on strong character and locker room dynamics. I didn’t include him in the class for this reason, but his recruitment is incredibly unpredictable, so stay tuned!
- The Florida Gators are a mess, and the hurricanes in Miami aren’t much better. We will be monitoring names from both programs for potential upheavals or even porting of candidates in the coming weeks. 3-star LB EJ Lightsey is the one to watch, in particular, if he’s out of the UF.
To say that these employees have had success down the road in the face of adversity is to downplay the work they did. They also understand how the world of recruitment has changed, and taking second place really matters now in the era of the transfer portal. You’ll have to go back to the early middle of the Jimbo era to find a team that works relentlessly like this, the way they avoid complacency is truly commendable, and continue to recruit every committed player. It’s also a damn time that FSU has capitalized on the instability of other shows, turning the tables on what has been Noles’ Achilles heel in recent seasons.
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