Florida State now sits at 16 verbal commitments after OT Aliou Bah and DE Trevion Williams decommitted over the past couple of weeks. These two were big losses as FSU is trying to improve on their line play.
The question is where do you go from here? FSU has some options along the defensive line as Marvin Jones Jr. and Najalik Kelly are both still in play. Being greedy, you would like to land both players. At this time FSU faithful would be happy with just one of them.
This past week FSU offered Eddie Kelly out of West Orange. He is a 6-foot-4, 265 pounds. The talented defensive lineman was originally at Orlando Jones HS and transferred over to West Orange. He has been on our radar since his freshman season. FSU is also in hot pursuit of Dante Anderson out of Homestead.
On the offensive line FSU lost one lineman to Georgia. Bah was committed to FSU since the summer. He was one of six linemen committed to FSU and most expected at least one of those players to decommit and end up elsewhere. FSU is focusing its attention on Matt McCoy out of Creekside.
We will break down each of these players and much more.
Julian Armella: OT 6-5, 300 (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) Armella is a legacy — his father, Enzo, played at FSU. He is a major target as FSU would like to sign the talented lineman. He would be one of the highest rated lineman FSU has signed in over a decade. Why is Armella such an important target? He is ready made. Here is a kid that can step in Day 1 and probably either start or end up in the two deep right away. He is a big, athletic lineman. We also know the kid has a bit of a mean streak. He will get after it on the football field. While some may not be as high on Julian, we feel he is one of the top 10-15 players in the state of Florida. For a team in need of offensive linemen, Armella would be a great get. FSU right now is back in the driver’s seat for his signature. Now they just need to close the deal.
Matt McCoy: OT 6-6, 270 (Jacksonville Creekside HS) McCoy is one of those players who comes around each season. He is one that has developed into a top-flight P5 prospect as a senior. There is a reason why so many colleges like to wait and watch a player’s senior film. McCoy has great size and length. He is also a very good athlete. You will see him get out in space and McCoy can run. He does need some work on his technique. He could use some improvement with his hands. With his lateral quickness and ability to slide step over and get onto a pass rush end, McCoy becomes another priority for the FSU coaches.
OL Leyton Nelson: Sleeper alert — One prospect we have been high on all year is Leyton Nelson out of Orlando Boone. He came out of nowhere this spring and then ended up receiving interest from more than 30 colleges. He made an early commitment to UCF. Nelson is now listening to other offers. He is another big, long, athletic tackle. He would give you a player with the type of upside to end up an All-Conference type lineman. We like Nelson because of his versatility: He could play tackle, guard or even center.
DE Marvin Jones Jr (6-4, 245) American Heritage: FSU added Jermaine Johnson through the transfer portal this past season. He has given FSU one of the top defensive ends in college football. This has given the FSU coaches all the ammo they need to reel in Marvin Jones Jr. He is the No. 1 target and, in our opinion, as important a recruit FSU has gone after in the last decade. Jones is an elite pass rusher. He can get after the quarterback and help wreck what other teams are trying to do on offense. His ability to set the edge and make plays in the backfield is why Jones is so highly regarded. Jones may be the number one player in Florida this year and his father is one of the all-time greats for the Seminoles. This should be one that FSU has no problems reeling in come NSD.
DE Najalik Kelly (6-4, 260) Dillard: Kelly is a little different of a prospect than Jones. He can play outside at end or move inside to tackle on pass rush downs. He is so strong and powerful. Kelly is able to help set the edge on run plays. He has the speed and quickness off the edge to put pressure on the quarterback. His play reminds us of Demarcus Walker, who signed with FSU after being committed to Alabama. Kelly’s versatility is why college coaches like him so much. He can move around the defensive line and make an impact. He was once committed to FSU and they would like to reel him back in.
DE/OLB Dante Anderson (6-2, 210) Homestead: Anderson is a hybrid DE/OLB. He is the type of player you sign and worry about where to play him in college. The question is where do you play him? He is not big enough to play defensive end. Can he play linebacker and drop into coverage? That is the question that needs to be answered. FSU needs to improve its talent on the roster but specifically on the defensive side of the football, and Anderson does do that.
DE Eddie Kelly: A new offer from FSU. Kelly is a tight end turned defensive end. That should tell you about his athletic ability. FSU needs to land a big-time defensive end and, if Jones Jr. or Kelly decide on FSU, Eddie would be a nice complement. He has the speed and athletic ability to play on the outside. He is also a kid you can slide inside on pass rush situations. FSU got in on Kelly late so they will need to fight it out for his services come NSD.
Kevin Coleman (5-11, 170) St. Mary’s, La.: Coleman is the No. 1 target at wide receiver. One thing FSU has shown this year on offense is the need for a playmaker. The lack of a deep threat has made FSU’s offense one-dimensional. Coleman should be able to provide a spark on special teams as well. He will be one of the fastest players on FSU’s squad Day 1.
Camden Brown (6-3, 190) St. Thomas Aquinas: Physically, you will not see a more impressive looking freshman come in the next year at receiver. Brown looks like he is already in a college weight program. He is a big, physical receiver. He looks like a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. He has good hands. You would like to see some more consistency in his route running and effort. He has a tendency to take a play off if he does not think the ball is coming his way. If he can learn to turn up the effort all the time, Brown will become an all-conference receiver.
Jaylon Glover: Lake Gibson-RB: 5’7-205: He is committed to University of Utah but is a candidate to flip. Glover was a prospect FSU was on early. The Seminoles need a play maker at the running back position and Glover has proven to be just that this season. He reminds us of Antone Smith, who also played at FSU. Glover is not the biggest or fastest back but you can’t argue with his production.
FSU got off to a great start in recruiting this season. That momentum has fallen off a little bit as a couple of prospects who were committed have already ended up elsewhere, but the Seminoles have the No. 13 class in the nation in 247Sports’ team rankings. If they can keep the 16 players that are committed to them now and add about 5-6 of the players listed above this will end up one of the better classes they have signed the past few seasons. One thing FSU needs is difference makers and there are a few players committed who fit the bill. We will continue to monitor recruiting and see where FSU goes from here.