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Sneak peek at FSU’s 2022 class, targets

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On Feb. 3, 2021, Florida State coaches will finish out their 2021 recruiting class. Once NSD is done the coaching staff will put all their focus on the class of 2022.

FSU has already gotten off to a great start with the commitment of Travis Hunter from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill. The 6-1, 165-pound cornerback/wide receiver is considered a five-star prospect by the recruiting services. Another prospect to commit early was Nyjalik Kelly (6-4, 235 strong side defensive end, Dillard HS). The South Florida native is listed as a three-star prospect but that could change once the new rankings come out. After a phenomenal junior season Kelly should be ranked as a high four-star prospect. Kelly has solidified himself as one of the premier prospects in South Florida.

Below we take a look at other prospects that FSU should evaluate: 

FSU signed Rod Orr in December. He should help solidify the offensive tackle position for the next 2-3 years. One prospect that is well known to Seminoles fans and a player that they have a great shot at landing next fall is offensive tackle Julian Armella. His father, Enzo, played for coach Bobby Bowden. The 6-6, 300-pound Armella has all the physical tools you want in a tackle: size, athletic and coachable. Armella would be one of the highest rated linemen FSU has signed in over a decade. 

Another legacy recruit FSU will go after for the class of 2022 is Marvin Jones Jr. (6-4, 225 Ft. Lauderdale, American Heritage HS). The talented defensive end is one of the best pass rushers in South Florida. His style of play is similar to Brian Burns, who signed with FSU in the class of 2016 before becoming a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers. Jones Jr would give FSU a dominant edge rusher. And after recording only ten sacks this season, FSU would be more than happy to take his commitment. 

Marvin Jones Jr. of American Heritage. (photo by Greg Oyster / 247Sports)

Richard Thomas (6-4, 240-pound strongside defensive end) is what you would call a layup in recruiting circles. The Fort Lauderdale American Heritage standout loves FSU and Thomas will be a top 25-30 player in Florida. He gives you another defensive end that is also versatile enough to move inside on passing downs. Thomas will end up a three-year starter at the high school level and would be a great addition to FSU’s class. It would not surprise us to see him pull the trigger early for the Seminoles. 

Staying local or at least within driving distance, FSU is a favorite to land Niceville safety Azareyeh Thomas (6-3, 176-pound safety, Niceville). His brother, Juanyeh Thomas, starts at Georgia Tech and will end up an NFL draft pick once he decides to leave college. Azareyeh is even more talented than his older brother. You are looking at a prospect that has the size and speed to play safety or potentially grow into a linebacker. He would be a great addition to the 2022 class.

Other players FSU will go after in the 2022 class:

DT Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy (Lakeland HS)

S Kamari Wilson (IMG Academy) played as a freshman at Fort Pierce Westwood

OT Tyler Booker (IMG Academy)

OLB Wesley Bissainthe (Miami Central)

WR Erriyon Knigton (Hillsborough High)

S Alfonzo Allen (Hallandale)

S Markeith Williams (Orlando Evans)

WR Amarion Brown (Stuart Martin County)

DB Jacolby Spells (Plantation American Heritage)

FSU sits in a great spot for the class of 2022. Now they need to keep the momentum going after pulling in McKenzie Milton. If the Seminoles can win seven or more games next year they have a very good shot at landing a top-10 class. That would be quite impressive after everything that has happened to Coach Mike Norvell and his staff since taking over last December.

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