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Florida State football, recruiting news: Will FSU vs. Alabama be the best game in 2017?

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The 2016 season had a number of defensive candidates state strong cases for the Heisman, and while the 2017 crops doesn’t have a lot of obvious names from which to choose, James is the kind of defensive player that can make a run at the award. His true freshman season in 2015 was simply exceptional as he played a number of roles in Florida State’s defense, playing deep safety, box safety, and even lining up as a pure edge rusher on some passing downs. He excelled in all phases, ranking among the top 20 safeties in coverage, against the run, and as a pass-rusher. That all-around ability is the proper formula for a defensive player to get early Heisman consideration.


  • The 247 Composite rankings were updated over the weekend. NOTE: These final composite rankings will shift once ESPN, 247 and Scout file their final list.
  • FSU early enrollee RB Cam Akers fell from No. 3 to No. 5 in the nation. Alabama RB Najee Harris rose to the No. 1 overall position.
  • Early enrollee DE Joshua Kaindoh rose from No. 17 to No. 15 overall.
  • Early enrollee DB Stanford Samuels III fell from No. 20 to No. 29 overall.

All three players listed above are still rated five-star prospects.

  • Current FSU commitment RB Khalan Laborn rose from No. 41 to No. 37 overall.
  • Current FSU commitment WR D.J. Matthews fell from No. 48 to No. 49 overall.
  • Early enrollee DB Cyrus Fagan fell from No. 70 to No. 76 overall.
  • Florida State’s current 2017 recruiting class is still ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC.
  • Florida State target DT target Marvin Wilson fell from No. 3 to No. 4 overall.
  • Florida State three-star QB commit James Blackman has shut down his recruiting and will enroll at FSU.

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