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Florida State football recruiting: FSU hosts three elite visitors

The Seminoles welcome three elite recruits to Tallahassee.

Florida State has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the 2016 cycle, but Jimbo Fisher and staff aren't taking their foot off the gas pedal. Several elite level visitors are checking out the campus this weekend.

The most notable is 2018 QB Joey Gatewood, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail. Gatewood is on campus Saturday morning. This QB is widely considered the top QB in the state for the 2018 class, though it is early, and sources expect him to commit to Florida State before his sophomore season begins. He does plan to visit Auburn before making a decision. Gatewood has made several other visits to see the Seminoles in the past. FSU has offered.

The second visitor for the Seminoles is Xavier Kelly, a defensive end from the class of 2016. Kelly has exploded on to the scene playing for Wichita (Kansas) East, picking up more than 40 offers from all over the country. Kelly is coming to Florida State off of his Alabama visit. FSU has offered, but schools like Alabama and Michigan look like they are going to be difficult to beat. That Kelly is making the visit is a positive sign for FSU, but this is not a player that sources believe FSU is likely to sign. FSU is looking to add one or two more pass rushers to the class.

The final recruit making the trip is Josh Ball, of Fredericksburg (Va.) Stafford Senior High School. Ball is a rising three-star offensive tackle recruit in the class of 2016, with impressive size at 6'7, 305. Ball is making his trip through the Southeast, seeing schools like Auburn and Alabama. Virginia Tech is considered some of the top competition for Ball, and Florida State has done an excellent job recruiting the Virginia area in recent years. Florida State needs to sign two tackles in the class of 2016.