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Florida State football, recruiting news: Could FSU make a surprise run to the CFP?

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Cam Akers & Brian Burns are this year’s FSU representative at the ACC Kick-off.

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Football:

According to Phil Steele Florida State is capable of making a surprising run to the College Football Playoff (Insider).

Last year unraveled before it ever got started, as up-and-coming quarterback Deondre Francois was lost in the opener to a knee injury. He is back, as is James Blackman, who stepped in and earned a full season of valuable reps as a true freshman. Add in second-year running back Cam Akers and Florida State has the nation’s best young backfield this side of Athens, Georgia. New head coach Willie Taggart is justifiably bullish about his offense, while a rebuilding defense can always bank on speed and athleticism. ACC Atlantic nemesis Clemson, which has won three consecutive matchups in the series, visits Doak Campbell this fall and will be a marquee test for a Seminoles team looking to make strides in 2018.

Florida State will be represented by Cam Akers and Brian Burns at this year’s ACC Kickoff.

Tight End Tre’ Mckitty is No. 19 in 247’s list of the 40 most important players on FSU’s roster.

Stan Wilcox has a busy agenda for the 2018-2019 Seminoles’ athletics teams.

The Tampa Bay Times ranked every game that will be played by a division 1-FBS college football team this year.

Recruiting:

According to 247Sports’ Barton Simmons four quarterbacks in the country are separating themselves from the rest of the pack and FSU commit Sam Howell is one of them.

Sam Howell was pacing towards a dominating, Justin Fields-esque performance through pool play but he came back down to earth during tournament play. He’s also a guy that is very good outside the pocket and in conflict which isn’t really detailed in 7on7. He’s a less sudden, a little bit less athletic version of Shea Patterson from a skillset standpoint.

FSU’s safety class could be bolstered by blue-chip talents real soon as 247Sports’ National Analyst Steve Wiltfong is projecting FSU to land Nick Cross and four-star safety Brendan Gant. (VIP)

Made a 247Sports Crystal Ball forecast in favor of Florida State for Top247 safety Brendan Gantafter talking to him at The Opening Finals.

“Just the new energy,” he said of what stands out about fSU.

“The culture around it. It’s changing. It’s more hype. It’s more exciting and stuff.”

There isn’t a campus Gant has been to more than FSU.

Four-star linebacker Kalen Deloach knows of four official visit and FSU is one of them. (VIP)

Alumni:

Derwin James has already shown flashes of his immense potential with The Chargers.

Dwayne Bacon is impressing the new coaching staff in Charlotte.

Jalen Ramsey’s Mt. Rushmore is Jalen Ramsey.

Number 60 in the top 100s FSU play of all-time is a good one; It’s Peter Tom Willis blitzing the South Carolina Gamecocks.