Florida State headed into the 2021 football season with the No. 10 class in the country, according to the 247 Football Composite. With 18 commitments already in the fold the Seminoles were looking to ride that momentum into the upcoming season. The biggest question: Will the Seminoles be able to not only keep their top 10 class together but improve on it by National Signing Day?
All the Seminoles had to do was show up against No. 9 Notre Dame and compete with them. Not only did the Seminoles compete with the Fighting Irish they also overcame an 18-point deficit and took them into overtime before losing 41-38.
Now what? Most Seminole fans and pundits come out of an impressive performance by the underdog Seminoles and are starting to rethink their predictions. If FSU can continue to play like they did against Notre Dame, they could exceed predictions, which will attract an already impressive recruiting class.
Some of the players who showed up for the Notre Dame game were Kevin Coleman (of St. Mary’s HS in St. Louis, Mo.). Word out of Seminole Camp is not only did Coleman have a great time at the football game the Seminoles now seem to be in the driver’s seat for the five-star receiver. What would he bring to the Seminole class? Coleman would give FSU that playmaker the team needs at the wide receiver position. Coleman is a game breaker. He can get into the open and pull away from defenders. He also has the ability to make things happen on special teams.
Another talented player who is high on FSU’s recruiting radar is Elijah Pritchett (Carver HS-Columbus, GA). Elijah is probably the No. 1 offensive lineman on FSU’s board. He has all the physical tools to become an elite level offensive tackle at the next level. After years of missing on some of the top-rated lineman, Pritchett would fill that void on the left side. He has great size, is athletic and plays with a mean streak. He would solidify an offensive line class that is already one of the best in the country.
FSU had legacy recruit Julian Armella on campus. The Seminoles have been playing catch up all summer. After not being able to get the gifted lineman on campus, FSU has now done so twice in the past two months. Armella was starting to slip away and looking like a potential LSU commit. After an impressive performance against Notre Dame, with an electric atmosphere at the game, Armella has now put the Seminoles in his top group. If FSU is somehow able to pull off both Armella and Pritchett, their offensive line problems will finally be solved.
One area FSU has a major need is at linebacker. The Seminoles had two of their main targets at the Notre Dame game. Daniel Martin and Jaron Willis both took in the game on Sunday Night. Willis is a big, powerful backer who can give FSU a physical presence in the middle of the defense. Martin would give FSU a player with the size they covet and the athletic ability they so badly need.
Other prospects at the game included: Travis Hunter the five-star WR/CB who is the headliner of FSU’s recruiting class. They also had Louisiana native Kendrick Law, a receiver, on campus. Quarterback AJ Duffy and free safety/ wide receiver Sam McCall also were at the game. The last big headliner was Jaleel Skinner, who would provide a major need at tight end. (The Osceola caught up with Skinner on Aug. 23.)
FSU was already on the verge of a very impressive class. They have now carried that recruiting momentum into the 2021 season. Most of the time moral victories are not that important. This is one time you can overlook the fact that FSU lost but in truth they may have actually won. FSU is only going to get back to greatness by recruiting at a high level. This past weekend helped them jump start that possibility heading into National Signing Day 2021.