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Closer look: 2022 and ’23 class, prospects to watch

Over the past year Mike Norvell’s main job in recruiting was two-fold: flip the roster and improve the roster. The 2021 recruiting class was part of flipping the roster. The 2021 transfer portal class also had a major impact flipping the roster.

With the 2020 and ’21 classes, more than 50 players have been brought in by Norvell and his staff. By the time his 2022 class signs the entire roster or close to it would have been flipped. Once the 2022 season starts this team will be coach Norvell’s. We will look at the 2022 and 2023 Commits who have already given their pledge to FSU.

There is no guarantee that FSU will sign these players but at this time they are committed to the Garnet and Gold. We will also break down what they need in the 2022 class and who else could pull the trigger. 

2022 commits

QB-Nicco Marchiol – 6-2, 220 (4) National Rank (293), Positional Rank (13), State Rank AZ (3rd)

WR-Quincey McAdoo – 6-3, 175 (3) National Rank (371), Positional Rank (52), State Rank AR (4th)

Ath.-Travis Hunter – 6-1, 165 (5) National Rank (4th), Positional Rank (2), State Rank GA (1st)

SDE-Nyjalik Kelly – 6-4, 235 (4) National Rank (363rd), Positional Rank (22), State Rank FL (47th)

WDE-Aaron Hester – 6-3, 220 (National Rank (448th), Positional Rank (27), State Rank FL (58th)

Comments: Hopefully for those that made the rankings they are not written in stone. The ranks for some of these players in criminal. Kelly is a top 15-20 player in Florida and should be ranked one of the top defensive ends in the country. He may even be close to five-star defensive end by the time his senior season rolls around. Turn on Hester’s film and he is also severely underrated in the national rankings. Are there really 371 prospects in the country better than McAdoo?

When FSU was winning and playing for national titles back in the 1990s and 2000s under coach Bobby Bowden they were able to go into South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia as well as their own home state and pull the very best prospects. Right now they have the No. 3 rated prospect in Arizona, the No. 4 overall prospect in Arkansas, the No. 1 overall prospect in Georgia, and two of the top prospects at their respective positions in Florida already committed to them. The 2022 class could not get off to a better start. 

Needs: FSU needs (1-2 QB), (1-RB), (2-3 WR), (1-TE), (2-3 OT) (2-OG/1-C), (3-DE), (2-DT), (2-LB), (2-S), (2-CB)

2023 commits

DE – Lamont Green Jr – 6’4, 210 – Not Ranked (Gulliver Prep) 

RB – Cedric Baxter – 6’1, 215 – Not Ranked (Orlando Edgewater) 

DE – Gabriel Harris – 6’4, 240 – Not Ranked (Thomas County Central-Thomasville, GA) 

Comments: The 2023 class got off to a good start when running back Cedric Baxter committed early to the Seminoles. Coach Norvell likes to run the ball and Baxter fits the bill. He gives you a big, power back that can run between the tackles. He can also bounce it to the outside and create the big play. Baxter is going to be one of the best backs in Florida and FSU will need to work hard to hold on to him. Lamont Green Jr is a legacy recruit. His father, Lamont Sr., was a USA Today High School All-American. His son Lamont Jr has even more upside. He has a super-quick first step off the football. He should be one of the top pass rushers in the nation the next two seasons. Gabriel Harris committed this past week and gives FSU some versatility up front. He can play either as a 4-3 defensive end or slide inside and play tackle. With over two more years before graduating high school, Harris has plenty of room to grow. 

FSU is off to a fast start for the classes of 2022 and 2023. They have done a great job of addressing the defensive end spot. FSU has also landed some very good defensive backs. The quarterback room continues to improve as well. What they need to do is improve at both running back and receiver which they look to be one the way to doing so. FSU just needs to continue to upgrade their roster each season and that looks to be happening as we type out another recruiting article. 

Prospects to watch

AJ Duffy – IMG Academy-QB-6’2-200 (National Ranking-108th)(Positional Ranking-7th) (State-FL-13th)

MJ Morris – Pace Academy-QB-6’1-175 (National-106th) (Positional Ranking-4th-Dual) (State-GA-14th)

Thomas Castellanos – Ware County-RB-5’11-190 (National Ranking-469th) (Pos. Rank-40th) (State-GA-43rd)

Jaylon Lover – Lake Gibson-RB-5’9-195 (National Rank-436th) (Pos. Rank-34th) (State-FL-58th)

Maurice Jones – Miami Killian-RB-5’9-180-(National Rank-827th) (Pos. Rank-71st) (State-FL-123rd)

Kevin Coleman – St. Marys-WR-5’11-170 (National Rank-15th)(Pos. Rank-2nd) (State-MO-2nd)

Jaleel Skinner – Greer – TE-6’5-210 (National Rank-97th) (Pos. Rank-3rd) (State-SC-3rd)

Julian Armella – Columbus-OT-(National Rank-136th) (Positional Rank-14th) (State-FL-16th)

Tony Livingston – OT – Carrollwood Day (National Rank-156th) Positional Rank-19th) (State-FL-18th)

Bryson Hurst – OT-Gauthier (National Rank-305th) (Positional Rank-37th) (State-MS-7th)

Trent Ramsey – OT-East Lake (National Rank-318th) (Positional Rank-39th) (State-FL-40th)

Qae’shon Sapp – OT-Lee County-(National Rank-345th) (Positional Rank-40th) (State-GA-33rd)

Austin Firestone – OT-Niceville-(National Rank-416th) (Positional Rank-44th) (State-FL-54th)

Aliou Bah – OT-IMG Academy (National Rank-517th) (Positional Rank-52nd) (State-FL-65th)

Leyton Nelson – OT-Boone (National Rank-519th) (Positional Rank-53rd) (State-FL-66th)

Daughtry Richardson – OT-Miami Central (National Rank-751st) (Pos. Rank-66th) (State-FL-99th)

Kanaya Charlton – OG-6’6-330-Brunswick (National Rank-988th) (Pos. Rank-40th) (State-GA-79th)

Marvin Jones – Jr-American Heritage Pl-DE-(National Rank-63rd) (Pos. Rank-5th) (State-FL-8th

Jihaad Campbell – DE-IMG Academy-6’4-220 (National Rank-377th) (Pos. Rank-20th) (State-FL-50th)

Dante Anderson – DE-Homestead-6’3-205 (National Rank-161st) (Pos. Rank-10th) (State-FL-19th

Richard Thomas – DE-American Heritage-6’2-240 (National Rank-280th), (Pos. Rank-17th) (State-FL-33rd)

Gabriel Brownlow Dindy – DT-Lakeland-6’3-275-(National Rank-16th), (Pos. Rank-3rd) (State-FL-4th)

De’Mario Tolan – ILB-Tohopekaliga-6’3-205 (National Rank-241st), (Pos. Rank-9th) (State-FL-29th)

Wesley Bissainthe – OLB-Miami Central-6’1-200 (National Rank-110th), (Pos.-Rank-8th) (State-FL-14th)

Jaron Willis – OLB-Lee County-6’2-220 (National Rank-148th), (Positional Rank-11th) (State-GA-16Th) 

Omar Graham – LB-Stranahan-6’1-205 (National Rank-550th), (Pos. Rank-35th) (State-FL-71st

Daylen Everette – CB-IMG Academy-6’0-180 (National Rank-67th), (Pos. Rank-8th) (State-FL-9th)

Devin Moore – S-Naples-6’2-175 (National Rank-465th) (Pos. Rank-26th) (State-FL-61st

Demari Henderson – S-Seminole-(National Rank-552nd) (Pos. Rank-31st) (State-FL-31st)

Ja’Cari Henderson – S-Seminole-(National Rank-NR) (Pos. Rank-NR) (State-FL-NR)

JyVonte McClendon – S-Lake Gibson-(National Rank-612) (Pos. Rank-36th) (State-FL -79th) 

Sam McCall – Ath.-Lake Gibson-(National Rank-35th) (Pos. Rank-5th) (State-FL-6th

Azareyeh Thomas – Ath.-Niceville (National Rank-95th) (Pos. Rank-9TH) (State-FL-11th

Chris Graves – Ath.-Bishop Verot (National Rank-521st) (Pos.-Rank -44th) (State-FL-67th)