With the 2020 season cancelled, the FSU staff is back on the recruiting trail. With no face-to-face interactions, things may develop slower, but the commits will start to roll in for the Seminoles now. Mike Martin Jr. has always stressed getting out early in recruiting since being hired and he’s executed it so far, building monster 2022 and 2023 classes. Recruiting coordinator Mike Metcalf landed his first 2024 commitment last night in Talan Bell.
I am honored to announce that I will be furthering my Academic and athletic career at Florida State University. I want to take the time to thank everyone who helped me get to where I am today and that the hard work starts now.#GoNoles pic.twitter.com/Al2XiruuEi— Talan Bell (@TalanBell7) March 26, 2020
Bell is a outfielder and LHP from Oviedo, FL. The 14-year old stands 5’10 and 150 pounds. The Florida-native is currently ranked the number three outfielder in Florida. The southpaw has also been up to 83 MPH on the mound as well from the outfield. A 150-pounder that’s just 14 and a lefty throwing 83? That’s a major pull for this staff. You can also see in the video below how he explodes through his hips for gap-to-gap power.
2024 OF/1B @TalanBell7 was impressive all over the field yesterday, driving the ball w/ intent to the pull side and back up the middle for hard LDs. Above average arm from the OF w/ carry on his throws, topping out 83. 80 on his throws across the diamond from 1B. @CFSelectBSB pic.twitter.com/E9lb0kU9UM— Diamond Prospect Media (@DiamondProMedia) March 1, 2020
I had a chance to ask Bell some questions after his commitment:
What about FSU convinced you to commit this early in the process of your recruitment?
“FSU has all of the things that I was looking for in a college.”
Was it a certain coach that was recruiting you that you liked, or was it just the coaching staff as a group?
“I built a very good relationship with Coach Metcalf early on as well as Coach Belanger but overall I really really like the whole staff.”
It’s a long way down the road, but how do you think you can best help FSU win a national title?
“I can help FSU win a national championship in anyway they need me to.”
Being from Florida, was FSU a dream school for you growing up?
“In fact when I was young Florida was my dream school but that has obviously changed within the past few months.”
I know some people are going to read this and say, “2024? Really? That’s ridiculous.” Well, it’s not. Getting kids this early is what separates the big programs. UM, UF, LSU, Vandy and others already have commits in this class as well. This is why colleges hold prospect camps for kids in 8th grade and above.
Being able to scout kids and get ahead of the rest on special talent, gives your program an edge, something FSU had been missing the last few years with 11. The recruiting is simply going to be different for FSU now. It’s going to be faster-paced and a focus on the young guns. They also continue to target two-way guys, something that makes your program more flexible. This is only the beginning for the 2024 class, and a good one at that, as more ‘24 commits will likely follow in the coming weeks.