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Inside the huddle: Class of 2023 defensive tackles

Florida State has built a deep and talented defensive tackle room through recruiting high school prospects as well as landing an impact transfer in Fabien Lovett and a developing one in Jarrett Jackson. The Seminoles have veteran talent like Lovett and Robert Cooper as well as the emerging Malcolm Ray. Freshman Joshua Farmer has added weight and strength and should see reps in the fall as a backup. Early enrollees Daniel Lyons and Bishop Thomas got a jump on their careers this spring, too.

FSU’s 2023 DT commitment

Keith Sampson (6-3, 285, New Bern, NC) – Sampson went on a few visits and decided to shut down his recruitment and commit to FSU. He is a big-time get for the Seminoles. He may be the best defensive tackle commit since Eddie Goldman decided to play in Tallahassee. He has the size and can move. He is very difficult for high school offensive lineman to block. If FSU can hold on to this talented tackle they will have landed a top 5 player in our opinion at his position nationally. (Composite Ranking – 203 nationally, 27th Rated DT Overall, No. 4 player in NC)

2023 DT targets

Jordan Hall (6-4, 300, Jacksonville Westside) Turn on Hall’s film and you will come away impressed. Big guys his size should not move so well. He is the top-rated DT prospect in the state of Florida and one of the best nationally. FSU has a slight lead and it would not surprise us to see him commit before the end of the summer. He would solidify a position that is losing two of its best players on their roster this off-season in Cooper and Lovett. (Composite Ranking 210th Overall, 30th Rated DL overall, 41st rated in Florida)

Vic Burley (6-5, 280, Warner Robins, Ga.) Burley is a big-time talent. He can play inside or out based on the situation. He has the ability to set the edge as a run defender. You can move him inside on passing downs to rush the passer. His versatility is what college coaches covet. (Composite Ranking 33rd nationally, 4th Overall, 2 Rated player in GA)

Jordan Renaud (6-3, 245, Tyler Legacy – Tyler, TX) – Renaud is a prospect FSU has a legit shot at landing. He played high school football in Palmetto, Fla., for his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving to Tyler, Texas, the home of Earl Campbell. FSU is bringing him in for a visit this summer. FSU wants to bring in three interior linemen this year and Renaud would be a great catch. (Composite Ranking 72nd nationally, 7th DL Overall, 14th Texas)

Will Norman (6-5, 290, Bradenton IMG Academy) – Norman is a former basketball player. He reached out to us as a freshman to get exposure. After sending his film to more than 50 colleges, Norman saw his offer sheet blow up. You can’t teach size and speed. Norman has both traits and is one of the more impressive looking prospects on the board. He will be tough to recruit over schools like Penn State and Ohio State but FSU is in the mix. He will visit this summer and it will be interesting to watch his recruitment. (Composite Ranking 87th Nationally, DL 11th Overall, 19th Rated player in Florida)

Darron Reed (6-5, 260, Columbus Carver- Columbus, Ga.) – Reed is not as highly rated as some of the others on this list but it does not mean that he should be overlooked. FSU needs talent and Reed possesses it. He is another prospect that is going to draw interest from FSU this summer and fall. (Composite Ranking 327th nationally, 48th Overall DL, 30th State of Georgia)

Recruiting board

Final thoughts: FSU sits in a good spot as Sampson is already committed and in the boat. He has the size and talent to play at a high level and is a prospect that can make an impact early in his career. Land Sampson and Hall and FSU is off to a great start. We expect FSU to land at least two defensive tackles. It would not surprise us to see the coaches land three defensive tackles. This summer will be key as many of their top targets will be on campus for their Mega Camp.

2023 FSU recruiting

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