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Analysis: FSU’s 2023 commits, targets on offense

FSU’s 2022 class started off strong and after a slow finish ended up ranked in the top 20. Coming off a 5-7 season the Seminoles came close to having a top-10 class but a few of their top targets (notably Travis Hunter and Marvin Jones Jr.) decided to go elsewhere.

The Seminoles went to the transfer portal to fix some of their holes in their roster. After signing what was considered one of the best transfer portal classes in the country, FSU has the national analysts thinking they can break through during the 2022 football season. If FSU can win 7-8 games and go to a bowl game it would go a long way into helping them have a top 10-15 class in 2023. 

What does FSU have to work with in 2023? Right now FSU has around 5-7 players set to graduate this upcoming season. We expect FSU to lose players through attrition and others who just want to transfer. The numbers should be anywhere from 17-20 by the time NSD comes rolling around. FSU will look to sign 1-2 QB’s, 1-2 RB’s, 1-2 WR’s, 2-3 OL. 2-DE, 2 DT, 2 LB, 1 S and 1 CB. The Seminoles could use some play makers and with a state loaded with receivers and running backs FSU should be able to fill those needs.

FSU’s 2023 commitments 

Quarterback: Chris Parson – Ravenwood (Tenn.)

Parson will be a top 15-20 signal caller in the nation. He gives FSU another lively arm after signing AJ Duffy in December. Parson can make all the throws. We would really like to see him improve on finding his secondary receivers as Parson has a tendency to lock onto his first target and not come off him. This can work in high school but won’t in college. He has a good arm, can run and is a threat to create the big plays. He will be a much-needed addition to the QB room. (Parson’s Hudl highlights)

Comments: FSU could use another arm, especially if there is attrition before or after the 2022 season. Jordan Travis will have been in college for five years after this fall. We feel that 2 QB’s will need to sign with FSU in 2023. 

Running back: None committed

Comments: After signing just Rodney Hill in the 2022 class, FSU needs to sign one if not two backs this offseason. The top target on the board has to be Richard Young of Lehigh Senior High. Young has NFL potential. He looks like backs like Dalvin Cook and Derrick Henry coming out of high school. He is so physically gifted that every top program in the country is after him. Other options will be Cedric Baxter (Orlando Edgewater), Daylon Smothers (Chambers HS-North Carolina), and Dontavius Braswell (Washington County, Ga.). Baxter was once committed to FSU and the Seminoles feel they can reel him back in. 

Wide receiver: Vandrevius JacobsVero Beach, Fla.

Jacobs committed last summer to FSU. He will provide them with a quality slot receiver. He could also end up as a corner in college. His versatility is what is sorely missed on the FSU roster. He has the speed and quickness to change a game on one play. Look for Jacobs to continue to be recruited by other programs. 

Comments: FSU needs to hit at this position. They took four players out of the transfer portal in 2022, three of which could be multi-year players. Winston Wright arrives with one year of eligibility and comes to FSU in 2022 to make an impact. FSU may need to sign 2-3 receivers in 2023. The wide receiver room in 2023 is loaded. Brandon Inniss will be in Tallahassee later this month. The feeling is the former Sooner pledge will end up at USC. Jalen Brown out of Gulliver Prep is also on FSU’s board. He is a big-time prospect and a much-needed addition to FSU’s class. FSU may the local route and try and nab Ahmari Borden from Munroe High in Gadsden County. He would give FSU a big receiver (6-foot-3, 180 pounds). There are many other options like Bryson Rodgers-Wiregrass Ranch, Chris Culliver-Maiden NC, Darren Lawrence-Seminole HS and Santana Fleming-American Heritage. This is one position FSU must sign a good class in 2023. 

Tight End: Randy Pittman – Lynn Haven Mosley

Pittman is more of an H-Back than a traditional tight end. He has good hands and runs solid routes. You will see him line up all over the field for his high school football team. We look for him to come in and make an impact by his sophomore season. He will be one of the top tight ends on their roster Day 1. (Randy Pittman’s Hudl highlights)

Comments: FSU will only lose Camren McDonald after this season. They added two tight ends this past class. You add in Jackson West, Wyatt Rector, Koby Gross, Markeston Douglas and FSU’s roster is loaded with tight ends. Can they play? That is the question we will find out this spring and into next fall. The top tight end target should be Pearce Spurlin out of South Walton. He is committed to University of Georgia. 

Offensive line: None committed

FSU will look to sign 2-3 high school prospects this year. After signing five high school offensive linemen and two transfers, this area of the football team will not be such a priority in 2023. You can never have enough quality offensive lineman so we don’t feel FSU will come up short here. That being said they can be very selective in who they choose to go after this season. 

Comments: FSU signed a big class in 2022. Along with that impressive haul for high school prospects, the Seminoles also brought in two transfers (Kayden Lyles of Wisconsin and Bless Harris of Lamar). They can be very picky in 2023 as offensive line will not be a priority like it was this past season. Roderick Kearney will be the top priority for FSU in 2023. He can play tackle, guard or center. We feel that Kearney could be an early commitment to the Seminoles. Land him to an already impressive haul in 2022 and FSU’s offensive line problems will be in the rear-view mirror. FSU offered Tyler Jeffries last summer and another visit this summer could put FSU in the driver seat for the talented lineman from Alcoa, Tenn. The last time FSU landed a player from that school? Tight end Brandon Warren in the mid-2000s.