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Early signing day primer: FSU looks to finish with top-10 class

With just a few hours left before Early Signing Day the Seminoles are looking to close strong on their 2022 recruiting class. The first bit of news to come out of this past weekend is FSU may have closed the deal with Julian Armella.

The talented offensive tackle from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas finished up his official visit this weekend and now the Seminoles’ coaching staff will have to wait to Wednesday. The Seminoles faithful should receive the good news once Armella picks the Seminoles, who look to be in the lead for his commitment after this past weekend. 

In other recruiting news FSU also had Azareyeh Thomas (Niceville High) on campus last weekend. FSU coaches never let off the gas pedal on this recruit. Thomas has never really had FSU in the lead. That all changed with recent coaching changes at other schools and FSU holding in there to the very end. Thomas is set to pull the trigger on Wednesday and FSU looks to be the school of choice. 

One thing was certain this past season: FSU lacked playmakers at receiver. FSU already has the commitment of Devaughn Mortimer (Dillard High School). He recently took visits to West Virginia and Louisville. Both schools are trying to get him to flip. Seminoles fans will have to hold their breath until Wednesday when Mortimer will put pen to paper and make a final decision on his college destination.

Two other receivers FSU is waiting on are Kevin Coleman and Mycah Pittman. A St. Louis product, Coleman is supposed to be a heavy lean to the Seminoles. University of Miami had Coleman on campus this weekend as new head coach Mario Cristobal was heavily recruiting him to Oregon. Texas and USC are also in the mix for his signature. The last of the receivers on the board right now is Pittman. He has 38 receptions in his career at University of Oregon. He also visited this past weekend.

The last of the prospects FSU is waiting on is DE Marvin Jones Jr (American Heritage Plantation), DT Tyre West (Tift County, Ga.), LB Wesley Bissainthe (Miami Central) and RB Javontae Barnes (Las Vegas). Jones has never hinted one way or another where his college choice would be but the final two schools in contention would be Alabama and FSU. West will choose between (FSU, Auburn and Tennessee), Bissainthe will either stick to his commitment to Miami or switch to FSU and Barnes looks like it will come down to (USC/FSU). 

The final bit of news comes from Antavious Woody. The long time verbal commit to a recent visit to Auburn. He will either choose between Auburn and FSU on Wednesday or wait till February to make his final decision.

Wednesday signing times

The majority of FSU’s 16 verbal commitments are expected to sign on Wednesday. FSU’s class is ranked 10th nationally by 247Sports, behind only No. 8 North Carolina among ACC schools.

FSU DL target Tyre West – 8 a.m.

FSU DE commitment Aaron Hester – 9 a.m.

FSU OT commitment Daughtry Richardson – 9:30 a.m.

FSU LB commitment Omar Graham – noon

FSU RB commitment Rodney Hill – 12:15 p.m.

FSU DB target Azareyeh Thomas – 1:30 p.m. (ET)

FSU DL target Nyjalik Kelly – 2 p.m.

FSU QB commitment A.J. Duffy – 2 p.m. (ET). Note he is signing back in California

FSU TE commitment Jerrale Powers – 2:30 p.m. (ET)

FSU OL commitment Kanaya Charlton – 4 p.m.

FSU S target Kamari Wilson, 4 p.m. (leaning toward Georgia, likely broadcast on ESPN)

FSU DE target Marvin Jones Jr., 4:40 p.m. (broadcast on ESPN)

Other times that are TBA: Travis Hunter, Sam McCall, Jaylen Early, Devaughn Mortimer, Qae’shon Sapp, Daniel Lyons, Aaron Hester, Bishop Thomas, Brian Courtney

A signing time for FSU target Julian Armella is to be determined. This schedule will be updated throughout Tuesday

Transfer notes

Among the transfers who are considering FSU, DE Jared Verse and WR Mycah Pittman, are not expected to announce their decision on Wednesday.

Former LSU quarterback Max Johnson is reportedly being pursued by Texas A&M, according to theAthletic.com.

Former FSU quarterback Chubba Purdy has received an offer from Pitt and visited the school over the weekend.

FSU transfers Jaleel McRae and Carter Boatwright have landed at Florida Atlantic

Checking in on FSU’s rivals

Clemson has 12 commitments for 2022, including five-star QB Cade Klubnik as well as eight four-star prospects

Miami has eight commitments for 2022, including four-star CB Khamauri Rogers and longtime FSU target Wesley Bissainthe (LB from Miami Central)

Florida has seven commitments for 2022, but none at quarterback, running back or receiver. The top commits are four-star DL Chris McClellan and four-star OT Tony Livingston

Osceola writers Jerry Kutz, Bob Ferrante and Dane Draper contributed