Ira Denson - Bud Elliott (SB Nation)
Where are they going?
Directing SB Nation's recruiting has me really busy of late, and I'm not able to focus exclusively on FSU. The upside of that, however, is that I get to speak with some excellent sources from other schools. Let's take a look at the happenings with many of FSU's commitments and targets.
Recruits who visited Florida State
Stacy Coley: Coley's mom was able to make the trip, which was the reason he rescheduled from the previous weekend. FSU feels very good about its chances to land the state's best receiver.
Wilson Bell: Bell visited Florida State over the weekend. FSU sold him on being the next Rodney Hudson (a good selling point given that Hudson is also from that area of Alabama). In the last 48 hours, he's added offers from Ole Miss and Auburn. The Auburn offer is particularly concerning, given that his recruiter at Auburn, former FSU QB coach Dameyune Craig, is from his high school.
Gus Edwards: The New York running/full-back recruit, committed to Syracuse, was reportedly impressed with his visit to Florida State. I think he may soon become a recruit for whom FSU presses a bit.
Jeremy Kerr: Florida State folks feel confident about flipping the Miami "tight end" commitment. At 6'6 and 260+, he seems like an offensive tackle down the line.
Jesus Wilson: the excellent slot receiver from Miami Columbus reaffirmed his commitment and said that he will not take any other visits.
John Franklin: The FSU commit tweeted that
God wants him to be at Florida State (apologies, that was a different kid).
This weekend was perfect and reassured everything #NOLES— John Franklin III (@05SHOWTIME) January 20, 2013
Expect him to get the full press from a school that will give him a realistic shot to play QB, like Tennessee.
Nate Andrews: I don't have much on the Minnesota commitment at the moment. FSU likes him as a defensive back.
Donovan Munger: the Ohio State offensive line commit visited. This was a surprise to me and Ohio State. He did not bring his family and I do not think FSU has much of a shot here.
FSU commitments who visited elsewhere
Austin Golson: My Ole Miss sources are confident that they made a very strong impression on the Alabama four-star offensive tackle. Auburn remains the biggest threat here in my opinion. Golson visits Tallahassee next week.
Davin Bellamy: Bellamy really enjoyed his visit to Tennessee, but he gives glowing reviews about each school, and is admittedly tough to read at times.
Ro'Derrick Hoskins: Visited Louisville. Not quite sure what to make of this. He's a teammate of Tony Stevens, the former FSU receiver commitment, and definitely the lesser of the two. How hard is FSU pushing to keep him? I'll try to read the tea leaves a bit on that later this week.
FSU targets who visited elsewhere
Matthew Thomas: I do not see him leaving the state and believe that the trip to USC was just for fun. This is a Florida State-Miami battle, with Alabama on the fringe, it seems. He'll visit this coming weekend.
Denver Kirkland: visited Miami over the weekend (without teammate Matthew Thomas, who was at USC). He reportedly had a great time and Miami insiders say his dad really wants him to stay home and choose Miami.
Laremy Tunsil: Tunsil visited Georgia over the weekend. That's the school many believe he'll choose (over Alabama). FSU is still slated to get the final visit here, after his Jan. 25 visit to Ole Miss.
Alex Collins: Collins visited Miami, but still has questions about the coming NCAA sanctions. I think he'll end up at Arkansas. Collins is all about relationships, and his best relationship, by far, is with the staff at Arkansas (the former Wisconsin staff).
Keith Bryant: Bryant visited Miami over the weekend. I was a bit surprised that Miami invited him to come, and
Tashawn Bower: The Auburn commitment visited Florida over the weekend. I don't have a good feel for where he'll end up. He visited FSU last week. A visit to LSU is on deck, and Auburn will get the final visit.
Na'Ty Rodgers: Rodgers is a kid FSU wanted to get on campus, but he committed to long-time favorite South Carolina on his visit. I still think Maryland has a strong chance at him. /Locksleyed
Yannick Ngakoue: Rodgers' buddy did take a visit to FSU on the 11th, but visited South Carolina with Rodgers last weekend. I think FSU is fading here.
Myles Jack: Jack, a UCLA commitment, visited the Bruins over the weekend. He did not firm up and FSU is still expecting him to make his February 1 visit. This weekend he'll visit Washington.
Jalen Ramsey: Ramsey visited Florida State on Jan. 11. The USC commit visited USC with all of the other USC commitments, and does not have any other visits planned. This is a three-horse race between USC, Florida and Florida State.
Priest Willis: Willis took his official visit to UCLA over the weekend and announced that he will decide tomorrow. Pretty confident he's going to UCLA.
Eddie Jackson: Jackson visited Alabama and named the Tide his leader. I still give FSU a solid chance at signing him.
Jordan Cunningham: Cunningham visited Vanderbilt and really enjoyed himself. He's a good player, but if FSU lands Coley, I don't see the need for another receiver. He'll visit FSU this weekend.
Ira Denson: Denson was supposed to visit Auburn, but like pretty much every other visit he's supposed to have made (except FSU, of course), that didn't happen.
E.J. Levenberry: Some believe he will visit Tennessee this coming weekend. We'll be keeping an eye on this.
Richy Klepal: As I wrote the other day, Klepal seems to be trying to play. I have my doubts. You'll recall Klepal's story from here.
Kermit Whitfield: FSU commitment plans to visit Florida at some point.