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FSU’s 2017 recruiting class jumps to No. 7 nationally

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FSU is moving up in the recruiting rankings.

Joshua Kaindoh

With the commitment of five-star defensive end Josh Kaindoh Friday, Florida State’s class just took a huge leap up the recruiting rankings. Florida State went from 12th at the start of Friday, to seventh, passing Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame and Texas A&M in the process in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Florida State had was already ahead of rivals Miami (15th) and Florida (20th).

FSU’s class now has two five-stars, six four-stars and eight three-stars. That is a big heavier on the three-star side than Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles are used to signing. While there are a few fallback plans in the fold, several of the lesser-rated recruits were heavily coveted by the Seminoles long before they were ranked.

But with Kaindoh, there is no doubt about his talent, at 6’6 and 245 pounds.

Kaindoh (6-6, 245) is the No. 4 player in the state of Florida and the nation’s No. 21 player, overall. He attends Bradenton’s IMG Academy and has drawn interest from the country’s top programs. In addition to FSU, Kaindoh also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, and many others. Kaindoh’s primary recruiter at Florida State was defensive ends coach Brad Lawing, and he would become the first true defensive end commitment in the Seminoles’ 2017 recruiting class, which is gaining momentum at just the right time.

Florida State’s other five-star in the fold is Stanford Samuels III, a legacy cornerback with the potential to play right away.