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Recruiting: 2023 CB Nation on FSU offer, more ’22 official visits set

Ethan Nation is one of the most highly regarded cornerback prospects in the 2023 recruiting class. FSU offered the Roswell (Ga.) High prospect last fall but he has only seen his recruiting profile explode since then.

The rising junior is reported to have over 40 offers at this point in his recruiting process, the majority from Power 5 programs. Ohio State, Tennessee and UCF are three of most recent additions to an offer list that features some the biggest brands in college football.

Nation says he doesn’t necessarily have any favorites in the early stages of the process but he does plan to take several unofficial visits this summer and fall. FSU is on that list as are Florida, Georgia, Miami, USC, Oregon and Alabama.

“I’d like to see what stands out most (about each school) once the dead period gets lifted, so I can really see what each campus has to show,” said Nation. 

The four-star prospect, who is ranked as the 10th-best CB prospect in the class of 2023, has already identified at least a couple of things that make FSU stand out.

“It’s their culture,” said Nation. “They’re on a rebuild right now. And just to see that they have a variety of players coming in from all around the country.” 

The talented defensive back has been in communication with coach Mike Norvell and secondary coach Marcus Woodson on a regular basis and the conversations aren’t just about football. 

“I can talk to them about anything,” Nation said. “It doesn’t have to be about football. It can just be about life, whatever I’m doing, or whatever I have planned for the week.” 

Nation also reveals what he considers the strengths of his game. 

“Getting in and out of my breaks, my ball skills, recognizing routes before they develop, my IQ of the game,” said Nation. 

He also understands he has much to improve on as a player. 

“I want to work on my bad techniques,” said Nation. “Sometimes I get my eyes on the quarterback too soon, or I get lazy and complacent at times.” 

2022 Offers and Updates

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy offensive line prospect Aliou Bah, who committed to FSU last week, has set an official visit date of June 4 with the Seminoles. He is also scheduled to visit Michigan State on June 18.

Four-star offensive tackle prospect Qae’shon Sapp from Lee County (Ga.) High School plans to announce his commitment on July 3. Sapp was on the FSU campus unofficially in April and it has been reported that he will take an official visit to Tallahassee on June 25. He is also set to take official visit to Florida (June 11) and Cincinnati (June 18). Sapp is ranked as the 37th-best offensive tackle prospect in the country for the class of 2022.

2023 Offers

S Elliot Washington (5-11, 190), Venice (Fla.) High

Washington picked up an offer from FSU on Wednesday. The rising junior has also picked up offers from Georgia, Indiana, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCF, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and South Carolina since high schools in Florida began their spring practice period. Washington is considered a three-star prospect and is ranked as the 33rd-best safety in the class of 2023 and the 62nd-best overall prospect from Florida.

LB Delvin Whitaker (6-3, 230), St. Francisville (La.) West Feliciana High

Whitaker received an offer from FSU on Thursday night. It was his first FBS offer.

2024 Offers

ATH Zaquan Patterson (6-0, 165), Miami Gardens (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep

Dane Draper contributed to this article.

(Offers and official visit dates have been reported/confirmed by the individual prospects, recruit ratings and position rankings are taken from 247Sports)