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Florida State football recruiting: Florida State hosts top juniors

Christian Pellage
Christian Pellage
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9 am Saturday update

Some of the South Florida players like Peete and Bruce are probably going to be at the 7-on event. But I have confirmed that DT Darvin Taylor, of Virginia, will be in town.

Tampa Robinson has shown up with a good group.

Godby tackle Brendan Lotus and athlete Jim Jones are here.

First Coast offensive tackle William Sweet is here, and this kid looks amazing.

A very good group from Dothan (Ala.) just showed up (Lawrence Dawsey's home town).

Marquez White's brother, Jaleen Thomas, just rolled up. He's a running back/athlete.

Grant Polk, 2015 OT from Charlotte HS, just showed up. Good looking kid.

Emanuel McGirt, of North Carolina and Christian Pellage, of Brooksville, both just arrived. Very good looking tackle prospects.

QB Deondre Francois, TE Garrett Williams and S Derwin James just arrived, as did Jonathan Hawkins and Jay Gibbs (Mill Creek and Charlotte).

Byron Cowart showed up and has sense took off for his visit to Alabama.

Jacques Patrick Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek just showed up.

More details when I get a second.


Florida State hosts one of its junior days Saturday. Junior days are important for recruiting, as many of FSU's top targets get a chance to visit the program, understand what goes on at Florida State, and what makes Tallahassee special, including learning about the academics and history of the program. Prospects and their families can meet the coaches. In case you're wondering, the trips cannot be paid for by the schools.

We will be at the junior day and will update throughout the weekend.

Note: This list is not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive. It's simply what I've seen on social media and gathered via texting,etc. Junior day lists are notoriously off, as the school cannot release any official list or even acknowledge to the media who is coming. There will be star players who show up unannounced, and there will also be players listed below who likely cancel or head to other junior days. Also note that there is a 7-on-7 going on this weekend in South Florida, and that some of these players, and others, may elect to participate in that rather than visit.


Deonfre Francois, a recent offer out of Orlando (Fla.) Olympia will be visiting. Francois has offers from the Big Three, and across the SEC as well. I believe FSU will take two quarterbacks.


Jacques Patrick , of Orlando (Fla.) Timber Creek, should be making the trip. Patrick is one of the top running back prospects on FSU's board -- some would say he is at the very top of the board. Patrick has major offers from all across the country.


Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas' Devante Peete, one of the top receivers in the country, will be making the trip (along with other Aquinas players who rescheduled from last week). That should include 2016's Sam Bruce. George Campbell, of Tampa's East Lake HS, who we recently reviewed, will also be up on the trip. And Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain, a talented prospect FSU discovered last year at one of its summer camps, will also be up. All three have FSU offers and are high on FSU's board. Ray Ray McCloud, of Tampa (Fla.) Sickles is also expected, and he's sort of a hybrid receiver/running back (McCloud is small, but dangerous, and can be used in the return game). McCloud recently added an FSU offer.


FSU legacy Garret Williams, of Orlando's First Academy, is also making the trip. Williams is not the lock to FSU that some believe he is, and Clemson believes that it has a great shot at him after recent conversations. FSU will take 1-2 tight ends in the class.


Christian Pellage, of Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast, is a major tackle prospect who will be visiting. He is very high on Florida State, and just added an offer from Alabama. Emanuel McGirt, of Durham (N.C.) will be visiting FSU. Running backs coach Graham continues to do a great job in the Carolinas. FSU recently offered Kaleb Kim, a tackle out of Georgia, but I haven't yet confirmed that he will visit. It wouldn't surprise me. My list here is rather light, so I expect a few to show that I don't know of. FSU will take four or five offensive linemen.

I do not think Chuma Edogwa will be making the trip to Tallahassee as he'll be in Athens.


I'm not aware of any of note. I heard that Byron Cowart, of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood may come, but Alabama also thinks he may visit over the weekend. Maybe he'll visit both? In any case, most everyone expects him to choose Florida since he plays for Armwood. FSU had a good turnout here at the last junior day.


Derwin James didn't make it to the last junior day, so I expect him at this one. The FSU safety commit is the best safety in the country. He'll be recruiting for FSU hard and is a major asset to the class.

Joining him will be Damon Arnette, of Aquinas. Arnette is rocketing up recruiting rankings thanks to his performance at the Army Combine. I wouldn't be surprised if teammate Rashard Causey shows up as well, but I have not confirmed him.