Three-star TE Alexander Marshall announced his commitment to Florida State following a visit today. As said in the prior weeks, there was a very strong indication that the 'Noles would land the 6'7 240 lb. recruit from the response of tight ends coach and recruiter Tim Brewster.
The Andover (NH.) commit had visited Florida yesterday before heading up to Tallahassee today, both on unofficial visits. The newest 'Nole was scheduled to make an announcement on June 12th regarding what school he would commit to, but obviously had his plans changed following today's visit.
247 ranks him as the 719th overall player in the 2017 class, 30th amongst tight ends. He had 29 offers from schools that included Clemson, Ohio State, Texas, Michigan State, Alabama and Michigan amongst other top tier Division I schools.
The reason that Marshall is only a three star is the extreme body size advantage he has had against the competition, which can be seen below. Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation elaborated on the low ranking saying,
I've spoken with multiple coaches (FSU and non) who tell me not only are there not 27 better tight ends nationally, but there aren't five, either. A couple actually said he was the best tight end in the country. The ability to run and control such a tall body is impressive, they say. And Marshall plays with tenacity.
Marshall is the first tight end commit to the 2017 Florida State recruiting class which now ranks 15th nationally and 4th in the ACC according to 247. He told Tomahawk Nation during his recruitment process that he was looking for education, coaching and how the team uses the tight end, which he found in FSU.