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Noles News: FSU has No. 3 recruiting class with less than two weeks until Early Signing Period

All the latest in Florida State Seminoles sports

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Recruiting

With less than two weeks to go until the Early Signing Period kicks off for college football (December 20) Florida State coaches have been out on the recruiting trail, checking in with commits who are part of the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class (according to both On3 and 247Sports):

247Sports Composite Rankings: Top 5

  • No. 1: Georgia Bulldogs, 28 Commits, 93.49 Avg, 315.45 Points (5 five stars, 19 four stars)
  • No. 2: Ohio State Buckeyes, 23 Commits, 93.06 Avg, 298.62 Points (5 five stars, 13 four stars)
  • No. 3: Florida State Seminoles, 23 Commits, 91.97 Avg, 291.63 Points (2 five stars, 15 four stars)
  • No. 4: Alabama Crimson Tide, 20 Commits, 92.32 Avg, 281.23 Points (2 five stars, 12 four stars)
  • No. 5: Miami Hurricanes, 27 Commits, 90.04 Avg, 278.25 Points (1 five star, 10 four stars)

On3 Industry Rankings: Top 5

  • No. 1: Georgia Bulldogs, 92.15, 28 commits (5 five stars, 23 four stars)
  • No. 2: Ohio State Buckeyes, 92.00, 22 commits (4 five stars, 18 four stars)
  • No. 3: Florida State Seminoles, 90.79, 23 commits (2 five stars, 13 four stars)
  • No. 4: Alabama Crimson Tide, 91.46, 20 commits (2 five stars, 12 four stars)
  • No. 5: Florida Gators, 91.50, 19 commits (3 five stars, 10 four stars)

Class of 2024 commitments

QUARTERBACK: 4 star Luke Kromenhoek (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Kam Davis (GA)

RUNNING BACK: 4 star Micahi Danzy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Camdon Frier (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Lawayne McCoy (FL)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star BJ Gibson (GA)

WIDE RECEIVER: 4 star Elijah Moore (MD)

TIGHT END: 5 star Landen Thomas (GA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Jonathan Daniels (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Tye Hylton (FL)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star Manasse Itete (CA)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jayden Todd (GA)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 5 star Armondo Blount

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 4 star DD Holmes (DC)

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: 3 star Jamorie Flagg (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Jayden Parrish (FL)

LINEBACKER: 3 star Timir Hickman-Collins (SC)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star KJ Bolden (GA)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 5 star Charles Lester III (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Jamari Howard (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Ricky Knight III (FL)

DEFENSIVE BACK: 4 star Cai Bates (FL)

KICKER: 3 star Jake Weinberg (FL)

Football

Florida State head coach Mike Norvell was named the AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year:

Norvell produced the third 13-win season in Florida State history, joining the 2013 national championship team and the 2014 College Football Playoff semifinalists. Norvell is the sixth different ACC coach to lead his team to an undefeated record in conference play since 2000.

FSU’s eight first-team selections led the conference, and it also topped the ACC in second-team and third-team honorees.

The Seminoles lead the nation in opponent completion percentage, pass breakups, passes defended and fewest turnovers lost, are second in passing efficiency defense, third in sacks, fourth in passing touchdowns allowed and third-down defense, fifth in turnover margin and net punting and sixth in scoring defense. FSU leads the ACC in scoring offense at 37.0 points per game and scoring defense at 15.9 points per game allowed.

FSU punter Alex Mastromanno also earned end-of-season honors, with the Australian named a second-team All-American Wednesday by CBS Sports/247Sports:

Mastromanno is also one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented to the nation’s top punter.

The Melbourne, Australia, native has averaged 45.3 yards on 60 punts this season, with 17 traveling over 50 yards, 24 downed inside the 20-yard line and 35 fair catches. Mastromanno’s average ranks 19th nationally and third in the ACC, while Florida State is No. 5 nationally with a net average of 43.2 yards.

Mastromanno punted nine times in the ACC Championship Game Saturday against No. 4 Louisville, with a career-high seven punts being fair caught.

Against Clemson and Miami, Mastromanno kicked a career-high four 50-yard punts. Against the Hurricanes, a 52-yard punt was downed at the 2-yard line, a 55-yarder was fair caught at the Miami 18, a 51-yarder out of bounds at the Miami 5 and another 51-yard punt downed at the Miami 16. His three other punts that day traveled 44, 44 and 46 yards.

Mastromanno is fourth in FSU single-season history with a 45.3 average, just 0.6 yards per punt behind No. 2. For his career, Mastromanno has punted 190 times with a 43.5 average, 34 50-yard punts and 63 downed inside the 20.

More roster news for Florida State on Wednesday, with offensive lineman Bless Harris entering the transfer portal and wide receiver Johnny Wilson declaring for the NFL and opting out of the Orange Bowl.

Basketball

After snapping a two-game losing streak with a blowout win over Kent State, No. 20 FSU women’s basketball is set to host Jacksonville tonight:

Balanced scoring highlighted Florida State’s win last Sunday vs. Kent State, getting five players back in double figures. Sophomore Ta’Niya Latson led FSU with 15 points - the third time she has led FSU in the points column this season.

Despite being a high-octane offense, the Seminoles have gotten downright defensive. FSU ranks 13th nationally with a 28.3 percent field goal percentage defense. In three of their past five games played, the Seminoles have held the opposition to under 30 percent shooting, including 24.7 percent last game against Kent State.

FSU is 51-10 over its last 61 games played against schools from the state of Florida. The Seminoles own a 79-75 road win at rival Florida on Nov. 17 - a game where Latson scored a career-high 35 points including a 17-point fourth-quarter explosion.

The Seminoles are averaging 16.1 points per game off turnovers, out-scoring their opponents in six of eight games this year. FSU out-scored Kent State, 21-6, last game in the category.

Soccer

Onyi Echegini was named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Award — the fourth consecutive season, Florida State women’s soccer has a finalist for college soccer’s biggest award:

Echegini was one of three finalists joining Eleanor Dale (Nebraska) and Brecken Mozingo (BYU). The winner will be announced in St. Louis, Mo., at the Missouri Athletic Club on Jan. 5.

The ACC Offensive Player of the Year put together one of the best seasons in FSU history as she helped lead the program to its fourth National Championship and its first undefeated season. Echegini scored 16 goals in 23 games this season which is tied for the eighth-most in school history and is the most goals scored by a Seminole since Deyna Castellanos in 2017. Echegini’s 16 goals led the ACC and her 37 points were tied with teammate Jordynn Dudley for the most in the conference and were also top 10 marks in the NCAA. Echegini scored three goals and tallied two assists in six games in the NCAA Tournament.

Echegini will be looking to secure FSU’s fourth MAC Hermann Trophy as Jaelin Howell won the award in back-to-back years in 2020 and 2021 and Mami Yamauchi in 2007.

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