2016 National Signing Day is in the books and Florida State finished with a top 3 class. The Noles will look to build on that success with another outstanding 2017 class. Florida State will look to sign 18-22 recruits for 2017.
Let’s look at a few names to know.
Stanford Samuels III
The legacy. You might remember his pops roaming the secondary in the early 2000’s or more famously for destroying Roscoe Parrish. But back to the son. Samuels III is a defensive back with amazing size, already standing 6’2. He’s pretty much everything you want in a cornerback and will be on top of FSU’s board. Florida State is the favorite, but will fight Georgia for his services.
The number one offensive tackle recruit in the nation is currently committed to Auburn. Ashley is 6’7 and 300 pounds and has the potential to only play 3 years in college before heading to the NFL. FSU would love to add Ashley as a replacement for Rod Johnson, who with a successful season, could also leave early.
Wade is another recruit already committed elsewhere. The Buckeye commit is considered a top 3 cornerback in the nation and like Samuels, has the size you desire for the secondary, listed at 6’2. He is teammates with current FSU wide receiver commit, DJ Matthews.
Slaton is listed as an offensive tackle, but our own Bud Elliott believes Slaton has the potential to be one of the top guards in the country. He can get out and move and once he grabs a hold of a defensive lineman, it’s all over. Slaton attends American Heritage, a school that has been kind to FSU recently with Tarvarus McFadden and Brian Burns.
This looks to be a Florida State/Georgia battle, with Georgia already holding a lead. Herring is friends with recent Georgia commit, Jaden Hunter. Herring would play as a defensive end or outside linebacker in Florida State’s current defensive scheme.
The number 2 receiver in the nation is from powerhouse, St Thomas Aquinas. He has the size you love at 6’3, is a smooth route runner and runs away from defenders. Every team in the nation will come calling for Grimes with Ohio State and Florida already making an impression. FSU will look to jump in the mix and pair him with DJ Matthews as a formidable wide receiver duo for 2017.
Wright is another defensive back target for Florida State. The secondary prospects in 2017’s class are pretty loaded. Wright is also already over 6 foot and projects to be a safety in college. He has multiple offers from other schools, including LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.
Ruiz is the number one rated Center prospect in the nation and would be a great addition for Florida State in the 2017 class. Ruiz seems to add a new offer every day and is climbing the recruiting rankings. A class of Ruiz, Slaton and Ashley would be a homerun. Ruiz attends IMG Academy.
Florida State really appears to be targeting taller secondary players in recent classes, and this year doesn’t appear any different. Almost every target is already over 6 foot, and Fagan is not an exception. Also in the 6’2 range, FSU will hope to land the talented safety out of Mainland.
Durden is perhaps a lesser known prospect at this time, but many expect the talented defensive tackle to climb up the rankings. At nearly 6’5, 280+, he and teammate/current FSU commit, Ja’len Parks, would be a nice defensive tackle combination for Florida State.
Florida State currently has 5 commits in the 2017 class with DJ Matthews, VanDarius Cowan, Ja'len Parks, Zaquandre White, and Bradley Jennings Jr.