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Florida State football, recruiting news: Which position battle is FSU’s most intriguing?

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Football

David Hale included one FSU position group in his list of the five most interesting non-QB position battles in the ACC this offseason.

Florida State cornerback

OK, the more prominent question for FSU is probably on the O-line, particularly at tackle, but the more entertaining one is corner. Marquez White is gone and Tarvarus McFadden will miss the spring, which means plenty of reps to go around for an enormously talented group of young DBs. Levonta Taylorwas the No. 1 corner in the country in 2016’s signing class, and while Kyle Meyers didn’t arrive nearly as highly regarded, he earned favor with the coaching staff late last season. Stanford Samuels, one of the top recruits for 2017, is an early enrollee and should be in the mix, too. Add sophomore Carlos Becker and junior Marcus Lewis to the mix, and it should be an incredibly competitive battle to replace White this spring.

Florida State returned to practice on Monday with the entire team except for the quarterbacks now donning new helmets designed to better protect players’ heads.

After practice, Jimbo Fisher addressed the media.

Recruiting

The Florida State coaching staff delivered a strong message to top 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell when he recently talked to the Texas native who will be in attendance at FSU’s spring game. ($)

“I’ve just been talking to coach (Tim) Brewster and coach (Jimbo) Fisher a lot. They say that I’m the number one guy they want right now. So I want to go there and see what they do, I want to watch the spring game and see how they coach and stuff,” he said."

A trio of Orlando prospects were in Tallahassee to visit and observe FSU practice on Monday.

Alumni

The Oakland Raiders made their signing of former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel official on Monday.

A pair of former FSU players were in attendance at Monday’s practice as well.

Other Sports

Michael Rogner put a bow on a stellar Florida State men’s basketball season with a season in review recap of the good, the bad, and the future.

Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel writes that this year’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament has the team believing that the culture around the program has changed.

After an abysmal week spent entirely on the road, the FSU baseball team plummeted down the polls this week.