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Recruiting: Commits, flips and official visits at FSU

Florida State wrapped up a very busy and productive official visit weekend Sunday afternoon. Four class of 2022 prospects committed to head coach Mike Norvell this weekend while on their visits. The Seminoles also strengthened their position with several other prospects who were in Tallahassee, all of whom indicated that FSU was going to factor heavily into their decision-making process. At least two prospects said they plan to make commitment announcements within the next week.

Weekend Commits

DT/DE Trevion Williams (6-5, 254) – Crystal Springs (Miss.) High School

Williams arrived in Tallahassee on Thursday and committed to FSU on Friday night. He is a four-star prospect who is rated as the 39th-best DL prospect in the country for 2022.

OT Qae’shon Sapp (6-5, 320) – Lee County (Ga.) High School

Sapp was the second prospect to commit to Norvell and he did so on Saturday afternoon. The four-star prospect was on-campus during the first week of June where he participated in FSU’s Elite Camp. Sapp told the media, including the Osceola, that he has been silently committed to FSU for the last three months. He is currently ranked as the 32nd-best offensive tackle prospect in the country.

OG Kanaya Charlton (6-5, 340) – Brunswick (Ga.) High School

Charlton was the third prospect to commit to Norvell this weekend. The three-star prospect had been on-campus twice during the first week of June and participated in Norvell’s Elite Camp where he got a chance to work out for offensive line coach Alex Atkins. Charlton is ranked as the 57th-best interior offensive line prospect in the country.

“I don’t think anyone else in the country could top this,” said Charlton after his visit ended. “It was a fantastic feeling (committing to Norvell). “He said, ‘I’ve been waiting how long for this moment.’ ”

DT Bishop Thomas (6-2, 301) – Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore High School

Thomas was the last prospect to commit to Norvell this weekend. He did so on the Seminoles’ logo on the 50-yard line in Doak Campbell Stadium. The three-star prospect is rated as the 71st-best defensive tackle prospect in the country.

Thomas told the Osceola that his bond with FSU defensive line Odell Haggins played a significant role in his decision to commit. He described Haggins as being full of wisdom and as a “grandfather of the game.” Thomas said he didn’t arrive on-campus planning to make a commitment.

Could Be Close

LB Jarron Willis (6-2, 228) – Lee County (Ga.) High School

Willis has been committed to Georgia Tech for two months but that could be in jeopardy after his weekend in Tallahassee. The four-star prospect, who is also rated as the 17th-best linebacker prospect in the country, said FSU is “my dream school,” and that he is a die-hard FSU fan.

“It went well,” said Willis after his visit. “I loved everything about it. My first time stepping on Doak Campbell, it was just magical.”

Now both FSU and Georgia Tech must await what the next step is for Willis.

“Being at this visit, I’ve got a lot of thinking to do, I can say that,” continued Willis. “This commitment is just been a stepping stone and finally being on-campus is amazing and a blessing, now just soaking it all in.

OT Antavious Woody (6-3, 291) – Lafayette (Ala.) High School

The four-star prospect, who is ranked as the 11th-best interior offensive line prospect in the country, did everything but commit to FSU after his visit.

“I thought about it, but not yet,” Woody said when asked if he was close to a decision. “Commitment is coming up soon.”

The giveaway in which school Woody is going to commit to could come from who is going to produce his commitment graphic. Woody, who also has offers from Auburn, USC, Ole Miss and Texas A&M among others, told the Osceola that FSU football graphic designer Klayton Campbell would handle that task.

TE Jerrale Powers (6-4, 238) – Duncanville (Texas) High School

Powers told the Osceola that he will decide between FSU, Oregon State, Arkansas and Colorado. However, the three-star prospect and 68th-ranked tight end said he was leaving Tallahassee with the Seminoles as the leader in his recruitment.

“They’re (FSU) most definitely on top,” said Powers after his visit. “Just because of how they made me feel, me and my family.”

He also said that while he doesn’t know exactly which college program he will call home but that he has a much better idea after this weekend than he did coming into. Powers plans to announce his commitment next Saturday (July 3).

Watching and Waiting

OG Emery Jones (6-4, 330) – Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic High School

The four-star prospect told the Osceola after his visit to Tallahassee that he has narrowed his list of potential college homes down to FSU, Arkansas and LSU. Jones spent his morning meeting with Norvell and Atkins.

“Just finished a meeting with him,” said Jones when asked about his conversation with the FSU head coach. “Just talking, thinking best fits, and he thinks I’m the best fit here. We were just talking about that.”

He said meeting with Atkins might have been the highlight of his trip.

“He was critiquing and helping better my game so that was probably one of my favorite parts,” said Jones. “I like the atmosphere, the vibe of the place. I like the players, the kind of vibe they gave off. Just a really nice visit.”

OG Jaylen Early (6-4, 290) – Duncanville (Texas) High School

Early is a four-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 10 interior offensive lineman in the country for 2022. He says he will make a decision on who is he is going to commit to before his senior season and the four schools involved are FSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Early has taken official visits to all four schools this summer.

Getting a chance to finally meet Norvell and Atkins in-person certainly seems to have helped FSU’s chances with Early.

“I’ve been talking to Coach Atkins for about a year, so I already had a good idea,” said Early of Atkins. “So just meeting him in person was much more genuine. I think that was the biggest thing. Coming to meet him in person was a really cool thing. I’m glad I came and did it.”

Early also expressed appreciation for Norvell’s tact and consistency.

“He’s really genuine,” said Early of Norvell. “He was real honest. He looked me in my eyes and told me what his plan is for me. He gave it to me how he has been telling me over the phone, he was telling me in-person.”

Dane Draper contributed to this story. Player rankings and position rankings courtesy of 247Sports.