Florida State has three big home games at which to host recruits -- Notre Dame, Florida and Clemson, which is this weekend. FSU will be hosting several top prospects, both committed and uncommitted. Jimbo Fisher and his staff continue to do a great job on the recruiting trail and are in line to sign another top-five recruiting class, with 20 commitments already in the fold.
(Major uncommitted prospects in bold)
Two of the top prospects on the way are along the offensive line. FSU plans to take four to six offensive linemen, and currently holds commitments from four: Abdul Bello, Cole Minshew, David Robbins and Ethan Frith (a 2014 recruit who delayed enrollment until 2015 after having shoulder surgery). Visiting this weekend are a pair of guards who may also have tackle upside in Matthew Burrell, of Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton, and Jalen Merrick, of New Smyrna Beach (Fla.). I've seen both prospects now multiple times and they are among the best in the country along the offensive line. If FSU can land even one, it will be well on its way to landing a ridiculously good two-year haul along the offensive line.
Receiver is another spot where FSU will be hosting a top uncommitted player, in Da'Vante Phillips, of Miami (Fla.) Central High School. Phillips, a four-star recruit, is considered an absolute lock to commit to FSU at some point in the future. He is good friends with Dalvin Cook, formerly of Central. Joining him in town will be Florida State receiver commitments Auden Tate, George Campbell and NyQwan Murray. 2016 receiver Tavares "T.J." Chase, of IMG Academy, will also be taking in the game. Chase is extremely high on the Seminoles. 2016 WR Keith Gavin, an FSU commit, will also be there.
Two of the players who figure to be throwing to those receivers will also be checking out the atmosphere: QB commits De'Andre Johnson, and Deondre Francois.
FSU tight end commit Jalen Wilkerson, as well as 2016 tight end target Isaac Nauta (the top 2016 tight end in the country, who happens to be very high on FSU) will both attend.
2016 defensive ends Josh Brown, of North Carolina, and Janarius Robinson, of Panama City, will also be in attendance, as will FSU JUCO DT commit D.J. Jones. Jones' visit will be important for keeping his commitment, as Alabama and South Carolina continue to pursue the key player.
2017 linebacker/running back Dylan Moses, the No. 1 player in the country for the class, will also be checking out the game.
Going back to Tallahassee for the FSU game this weekend! #GoNoles @FSU_Football— Dylan Moses (@TheDylan1Moses) September 17, 2014
Man I love there Campus— Dylan Moses (@TheDylan1Moses) September 17, 2014
FSU defensive back commitments Derwin James (Haines City) and Calvin Brewton (Miami Central) will also attend,
and will be joined by Davante Davis, of Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Davis tells me he is not feeling well and will no longer be making the trip. So will Ronnie Harrison, a local safety prospect from Florida High who is committed to Alabama.
Alabama safety commit RT @Rharr_15: FSU game tomorrow— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) September 19, 2014
Also, running back Jacques Patrick, of Orlando Timber Creek, did not plan to make the trip as of earlier this week. He is a player that most expect to commit to Florida State at some point in the near future.