Part I: Previewing FSU’s ‘SNL’ recruiting camp

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FSU will hold its annual Saturday Night Live camp in a few days, entertaining some of the premier football prospects across the country will be in attendance.

The Osceola will break down the upcoming camp and tell you how we feel FSU will fair. Heading into the 2020 recruiting class we felt FSU needed to sign 1 quarterback, 2-3 running backs, 3-4 wide receivers, 4-5 linemen, 2 defensive ends, 2 defensive tackles, 3-4 linebackers, 2 safeties, 2 cornerbacks and one athlete. FSU has 16 commitments for the class of 2020 and should sign a class of 23-26. If they were to hit their numbers they will have to land about 10 more prospects between now and the early December signing period and February.

We will look at who is attending the Saturday camp, those FSU has the best shot at landing and what needs to be done this fall for them to end up with a top-10 class nationally.

QB – At this moment FSU has commitment Jeff Sims (Jacksonville Sandalwood), Walters Simmons (Orange Park Oak Leaf) and Holden Geriner (Savannah Benedictine Military School) attending Saturday Night Lights. Sims has yet to throw at an FSU camp the past two years. The talented signal caller may be one of the top 5 prospects at his position in 2020. Walter Simmons is probably the top rated QB in the class of 2021 in Florida. He attended FSU’s camp in June and performed well. Holden Geriner is probably as gifted as any quarterback FSU is recruiting right now. He performed so well at the June camp that he landed an offer from FSU coaches. The other quarterbacks you have to see, if they attend, from the class of 2021 would be Jacoby Myers (Ponte Vedra) and Kial Kelly (Tampa Jesuit).

RB – One position FSU is in need of is running backs. Since Taggart took over the Seminoles have signed one true running back (Anthony Grant). If Akers and Laborn have good seasons both could be gone. That would leave FSU dangerously thin at running back. A few weeks back FSU was in the driver’s seat for Jaylan Knighton. The talented back from Deerfield Beach was set to announce for FSU before taking a visit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes could end up landing Knighton soon but with a good season in 2019, FSU would have a legit shot at flipping Knighton. So far FSU has Caziah Holmes (Cocoa), Daijun Edwards, LaAnthony Valentine (Melbourne Central Catholic), Keyshawn Spencer (Melbourne Central Catholic). Spencer already committed to FSU. He will be one of the top-rated running backs in the class of 2021.

WR – FSU did not sign a receiver a year ago. That means that the receiver position has become a major priority for the class of 2020. The Seminoles need 3-4 receivers in the upcoming class and have already landed Malachi Wideman and Ja’Khi Douglas. There is a very good chance that Bryan Robinson from Palm Beach Central could commit at SNL. If that happens FSU can be patient and wait to see how they fair on the football field in 2019 to see who else they should go after. Two talented junior prospects will be at SNL: Trevonte Rucker and Agiye Hall. In recruiting they say watch the visits, and this will be two camps in a row that Hall would have attended at FSU. For a prospect who is said to be leaning out of state, FSU is looking to keep their name in it with him.

TE – FSU heads into the 2019 season with tight end position being a strength. They have an established starter in Tre’ McKitty and Camren McDonald, who looked like David Njoku. McDonald is a talented receiving threat and should thrive in new Offensive Coordinator offense Kendal Briles. McKitty has flashed some serious talent but has yet to put it all together. TE commit Carter Boatwright, who put on a show at the June camp, will be in attendance. Weston Wolff of Venice High School is supposed to attend SNL. He will be one of the top players at his position in 2021. The top tight ends yet to decide on attending the SNL Camp are Gage Wilcox (Tampa Jefferson), Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville Episcopal) Christopher Johnson (Jacksonville Ribault), Damien Alford (Hollywood McArthur) and Christian Buckhalter (Bradenton IMG Academy).

OT – If there is one part of recruiting FSU can’t miss on in 2020 it would be offensive line. They already hold commitments from Zane Herring (Madison County) and Alex Atcavage (IMG Academy). We expect Thomas Shrader (Venice) to make a commitment this weekend. FSU is trying to hold off Louisville for the SW Florida star. FSU may not be done with Shrader. If Lloyd Willis (Miami Killian) performs well, he could easily be given the green light to pull the trigger. He is a natural tackle, which FSU needs. Others in attendance will be Michael McLaughlin (Stoneman Douglas-Class of 2021), Ethan Mort (Venice-Class of 2021), Caleb Johnson (Trinity Catholic-Class of 2021) and Jake Slaughter (Trinity Catholic-Class of 2021). Mort was recently offered and it would not surprise us to see him go ahead and commit if Shrader commits. Even if FSU lands Willis and Shrader they will not be done along the OL. We expect them to bring in at least 1-2 more in the class of 2020.

The Osceola will take a look at defensive prospects at the ‘SNL’ event on Thursday

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