Florida State coach Mike Norvell and the staff are looking to solidify their 2021 commitments and maybe land a few targets ahead of the December early signing period, which runs Wednesday through Friday. There are still some very good prospects who have yet to commit. Some of the names that FSU will look to put pen to paper are QB Jake Garcia, RB Ke’Travion Hargrove, Destyn Hill, DE George Wilson, Tywone Malone, DT Savion Collins and DB Terrion Arnold. We will break down each of these players and give you a realistic prediction on each one.
QB Jake Garcia
As we previewed in our quarterback breakdown, Garcia is the top player left on the board. He is a 247Sports four-star prospect who is from California but moved to Georgia to play high school football in 2020 for Loganville Grayson. He would bring the best quarterback prospect to Tallahassee since Jameis Winston. Garcia gives you good size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) at the position. He is a good enough athlete that you can design runs. He has the greatest potential of any quarterback that would be on FSU roster in 2021. If FSU is able to pull off this recruiting coup it would help turn the narrative of top players wanting to once again play in Tallahassee. (Greatest Competition: Miami) The Hurricanes have been on Garcia for over two years now. The good thing is that while Miami is the favorite, Garcia has still not committed to Miami. (Percentage for FSU: 30%)
RB Ke’Travion Hargrove
FSU does not have a commitment yet from any running backs. One thing we stress over and over is balance in recruiting classes. We feel it is important for FSU to pull in one back this season. Hargrove looks to be the back FSU has zeroed in on. The Ruston, La., native was an early commitment to Louisiana Tech. South Carolina was also interested. With the recent firing of Will Muschamp, FSU may now benefit from Hargrove not pulling the trigger early. (Percentage of FSU: 35%) would not shock us to see him stay close to home and re-commit to Louisiana Tech.
WR Destyn Hill
FSU needs a legit No. 1 option at FSU. Hill is not only one of the premier receivers in Louisiana but one of the nation’s top 20 wideouts. You would have to look all the way back to Talman Gardner to remember the last time FSU was able to pull a top-rated receiver from that state. The New Orleans Edna Karr standout is a great route runner, has great hands and is consistent on the football field. (Percentage: 40%) FSU has been his favorite since early this spring. The question you have to ask is why he has not committed. (Competition: UF, Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma)
DE George Wilson
The Virginia Beach Green Run standout was committed to South Carolina. A couple of years ago while under transition classes, South Carolina was able to poach one of FSU top prospects, Israel Mukuamu. On national signing day, instead of signing with FSU, Israel went to South Carolina instead. The talented DB may end up a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. FSU now looks to return the favor as George Wilson decomitted with the recent firing of Muschamp. (Percentage: 20%) Auburn and UNC look to be the ones that have the greatest odds of landing Wilson. At a position of need it will be interesting to see if FSU can make Wilson think twice.
DT Tywone Malone
Here is the highest rated prospect left on FSU’s board outside of Jake Garcia. The last time FSU was in it for a big-time DT they pulled in Marvin Wilson. The Oradell (N.J. Bergen Catholic star would be just the next in a long line of talented defensive tackles Odell Haggins has pulled in while the DT coach for FSU. Malone would really help a position that loses not only Wilson but also Cory Durden. (FSU percentage: 35%.) FSU’s greatest competition: OIe Miss. You wonder how the Rebels can even be in the game for Malone. When you see coach Chris Partridge is recruiting him that is how you get the answer. Partridge coached high school football in NJ. He was one of the main reasons why Michigan landed Rashaun Gary. Malone could be the next big-time kid to commit to Partridge.
DT Savion Collins
A Miami Palmetto standout, Collins recently decommitted from University of Miami. Collins is a kid that has all the physical tools. He got over 300 pounds and was moved to the offensive line. He would really help a position that needs improvement against the run. That is Collins’ strength. He is a big, stout, run stuffer on the defensive line. He is athletic enough to also line up at offensive guard in college. Collins is a prospect that FSU has yet to offer but it would not surprise us to see them do so. (FSU percentage: 15%) Florida would be one of the top teams to pull Savion.
DB Terrion Arnold
He may just be one of the best prospects to come out of Tallahassee since Ernie Sims and Antonio Cromartie. Arnold, who plays for John Paul II, is a great athlete. You worry where to put him once on campus. If there is one player in this year’s class that could turn their fortunes around outside of Garcia it is Arnold. (Percentage: 10%) Competition: UF and Alabama)
Others to keep an eye on
OT Austin Barber from Jacksonville Trinity Christian and TE Weston Wolff from Venice (Maryland commitment).
If you missed it, Fishbein and Patrick Burnham discussed these prospects and more on the Seminole Sidelines podcast. Listen here or on your favorite streaming service.