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FSU looking to finish strong with HS, transfer prospects

FSU got off to a slow start on the football field this year, which was not the case in recruiting, where the Seminoles went into the 2021 season with 18 commitments.

FSU lost only two commitments, Aliou Bah and Trevion Williams, during the season. Now the question is who will FSU close with?

The high school prospects to watch are DE Marvin Jones Jr. (American Heritage Plantation), DT Tyre West (Tift County High Tifton, Ga.), OT Julian Armella (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), WR Camden Brown (St. Thomas Aquinas), RB Jovantae Barnes (Desert Palms Nevada), RB Terrance Gibbs (Winter Park), WR Kevin Coleman (St. Marys, Missouri), CB Earl Little Jr. (American Heritage Plantation), S Kamari Wilson (IMG Academy), S Devin Moore (Naples), S Marquise Gilbert (Hutchinson Juco), Ath. Kendrick Law (Captain Shreve), LB Jaron Willis (Lee County Leesburg, Ga.), LB Wesley Bissainthe (Miami Central), LB Daniel Martin (Marietta, Ga.), DE Nyjalik Kelly (Fort Lauderdale Dillard) and DE/OLB Dante Anderson (Homestead, FL).

Bissainthe will make his commitment on Saturday at 5 p.m. Gilbert released a top three on Friday that included FSU, Auburn and Tennessee.

FSU is not only recruiting the high school ranks but they are starting to hit the transfer portal hard once again. After the success of Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas, FSU is looking to strike lightning in a bottle once again. Among others, they have set up a visit with Tampa native Mycah Pittman (5-foot-11, 200 pounds). The former Oregon receiver gives FSU an option in the slot for 2022. He is a guy who has some mild success at Oregon (38 receptions, 547 yards, two touchdowns) and the FSU coaches are hoping that he can live up to his potential coming out of high school. FIU receiver Tyrese Chambers (6-1, 185) is also on the recruiting radar. While Chambers is not as highly regarded, he was a much more productive receiver. In one season Chambers had 45 receptions for 1,074 yards and 9 touchdowns. Chambers would be a major upgrade at the receiver position for FSU. 

We feel that the transfer portal this offseason may need to deliver FSU a couple of starters in 2022. Not only will FSU be looking in the transfer portal, the junior college ranks will be another avenue they try to improve this football team. DeCarlos Nicholson of Gulf Coast (Miss.) Junior College is an option. He is a very good athlete. FSU is recruiting the Kentucky commitment as a corner but it would not surprise us to see him play safety in college. Keionte Scott from Snow Junior College in Utah is also an option for FSU. These two could provide immediate starter minutes in a secondary that was much improved but still can get better. 

Final Thoughts: FSU needs to land a transfer portal quarterback. FSU will return Jordan Travis and have incoming freshman AJ Duffy along with freshman QB Tate Rodemaker but they still lost a talented freshman, Chubba Purdy, who put his name into the transfer portal. For FSU to improve at QB they need to bring in someone to compete with Travis next season. Could that be someone like Spencer Rattler, who just entered the portal? Could it be someone like Harrison Bailey who displayed some talent in Tennessee’s spring game but did not really get the chance to shine at Tennessee? No matter what, bringing in another QB is a must for a team that has a QB that did not throw for 2,000 yards. We also feel that FSU needs to find another RB, WR, OT, DE and LB. 

FSU’s 2022 class (high school)

Position (projected signees)

QB (1) – AJ Duffy

RB (1) None

WR (2-3) Devaughn Mortimer 

TE (2-3) Brian Courtney / Jerrale Powers

OL (5-7) Kanaya Charlton (C/G) / Daughtry Richardson (OT) / Qae’shon Sapp / Jaylen Early (OG) / Antavious Woody (G/T)

DE (2-3) Aaron Hester 

DT (2-3) Daniel Lyons / Bishop Thomas

LB (2-3) Omar Graham

S (2) Sam McCall 

CB (2) Travis Hunter 

Ath. (1) Rodney Hill 

On the board – High school

·         OT-Julian Armella (Saint Thomas Aquinas) (FSU/LSU/UF) 

·         RB-Jovantae Barnes (Desert Pines-Las Vegas) (FSU/USC) 

·         WR-Kevin Coleman (St. Marys-Saint Louis) (FSU, Oregon, USC, Texas)  

·         CB-Earl Little Jr (American Heritage Plantation) (Alabama, FSU)

·         Ath.-Kendrick Law (Captain Shreve) (LSU, Alabama, FSU) 

·         LB-Jaron Willis (Lee County, GA), (Committed to GT) 

·         LB-Wesley Bissainthe (Miami Central) (FSU/Miami) 

·         LB-Daniel Martin (Marietta, GA) 

·         DE-Marvin Jones Jr (American Heritage Plantation (FSU, Alabama, Oklahoma)

·         DE-Dante Anderson (Homestead HS) 

·         DL-Nyjalik Kelly-(Dillard) 

Transfer portal options

Commitments

1.      OT-Bless Harris – Lamar College 

Other Options

·         Mycah Pittman (Oregon) – WR

·         Jadon Haselwood (Oklahoma) – WR

·         Tyrese Chambers (FIU) – WR

·         Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) – QB

·         Kayden Lyles (Wisconsin) – OC 

·         Miles Frasier (FIU) – OT

·         Jared Verse (Albany) – DE

FSU has already landed Bless Harris. We expect Pittman to come in on a visit and end up taking one of the seven spots available for transfer. FSU would probably be wise to take a second receiver as that position needs a major upgrade on the team. They could look to fill needs as well at RB, OL, DE, LB and CB.

We will continue to monitor the portal and see if any of those prospects take visits to FSU. The portal has been kind to FSU but they still need to make sure to hit on the high school prospects as well.