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Florida State of Recruiting: 2021 Year in Review

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Putting a bow on Tribe 21

After a long, strange trip including a worldwide pandemic and a college football season unlike any we’ve ever seen, the journey to complete the high school Class of 2021 signing class has come to an end.

Mike Norvell and his staff added 16 prep prospects during the Early Signing Period in December, and the ‘Noles won a crucial battle by tacking on the signature of Louisiana 4-star stud WR Destyn Hill during the traditional National Signing Day on February 3. With Hill’s addition, FSU’s 2021 signing class now ranks 22nd nationally and 4th in the ACC, per 247 composite class rankings as of Wednesday evening. This is impressive, considering FSU only has 17 commitments while the majority of teams ranked above the ‘Noles have over 20. These rankings also don’t take into account the eight transfer portal additions to the Tribe.

With the signees from the high school ranks, FSU was able to add serious talent and size to the WR and TE positions, all of whom stand 6’0” or taller. Destyn Hill has the potential to develop into a legitimate #1 target, Malik McClain possesses a freakish combination of size and speed, and Joshua Burrell has future locker room leader and reliable weapon written all over him. Koby Gross should immediately factor into the TE rotation while Jackson West may be the most underrated prospect in the entire class based on his versatility. FSU added two high-upside OL, one for the interior in Bryson Estes and one who should develop into a strong option at tackle in Rod Orr.

On defense, four versatile defensive linemen join two linebackers to add size and speed to the unit, many of whom should find themselves in rotation quickly. Patrick Payton and George Wilson Jr. could combine for a nightmarish duo off the edges, while Byron Turner Jr. earned the nickname “Boogieman” for terrifying QBs back in Louisiana. Shambre Jackson and Joshua Farmer are both incredibly hard workers with the talent and skill set to play in multiple positions along the line. Jordan Eubanks should provide instincts and consistency, having competed against some of the best that Texas high schools have to offer.

Four defensive backs help to replenish a unit that has seen significant attrition. Hunter Washington could quickly become a leader within the DB room based on his football IQ and talent level, while Omarion Cooper could push for early playing time on special teams. Kevin Knowles enrolled early and Shyheim Brown could eventually see time at DB or LB.

The transfer portal provided QB Mckenzie Milton, RB DJ Williams, WR Andrew Parchment, DE Jermaine Johnson, DT Keir Thomas, DB Jammie Robinson, DB Brandon Moore, and DB Jarques McClellion. All eight of these players are expected to see playing time early and often, and will be counted on to provide leadership and experience for what is one of the youngest rosters in the nation.

Some, like Milton and Johnson, were nationally sought-after prospects while others provide relief to positional units that needed experience and leadership, allowing for younger prospects to take more time to develop and acclimate to college football.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Recruiting Thread and the Transfer Portal Thread for information- as soon as we know it, you’ll know it!

All this talk about the future of Seminole football is fun, but let’s take a quick look into the past.

We started the Florida State of Recruiting series back in March of 2020 as a way to break down the targets FSU was involved with at each position. Recruiting relationships are painstakingly developed by coaches and prospects over months or even years, but recruiting boards and priorities change incredibly quickly based on a number of factors.

You’ll see just how much the boards changed then reviewing the prospects from spring 2020 below. We thought it would provide a nice bit of closure to revisit our initial position targets and let you know where those kids ended up (as of Feb. 3). Each position group is linked to the original article, in case you’d like to stroll down memory lane.

We plan to continue this series in the coming weeks to help you get a jump start on which Class of 2022 targets are on the board for the ‘Noles, so keep an eye out for them!

State of Recruiting: Quarterback

Luke Altmyer: Ole Miss, previously committed to FSU

Colten Gauthier: South Carolina Gamecocks

Kaidon Salter: Tennessee

State of Recruiting: Running Back

Jaylin White: TBD, trending Purdue Boilermakers

Ricky Parks: Utah Utes

K’Wan Powell: USF Bulls

Ke’travion Hargrove: Mississippi State

State of Recruiting: Wide Receiver

Destyn “Fatt” Hill (formerly Pazon): FSU

Joshua Burrell: FSU

James BlackStrain: Georgia Tech

Keon Coleman: Michigan State Spartans

Chauncey Magwood: Kentucky Wildcats

Raheim “Rocket” Sanders: Arkansas Razorbacks

State of Recruiting: Tight End

Michael Trigg: Southern Cal Trojans

Gunnar Greenwald: USF Bulls

Miles Campbell: Tennessee Volunteers

Cane Berrong: Notre Dame

Erin Outley: Arkansas Razorbacks

State of Recruiting: Center and Offensive Guard

Terrence Ferguson: Alabama Crimson Tide

Jared Wilson: Georgia Bulldogs

Laurence Seymour: Miami Hurricanes

Jake Slaughter: UF, previously committed to FSU.

Bryson Estes: FSU

Michael Myslinski: Iowa Hawkeyes

Edgar Amaya: Colorado Buffaloes

Caleb Cook: Georgia Southern Eagles

State of Recruiting: Offensive Tackle

Amarius Mims: Georgia

Caleb Johnson: Notre Dame

Micah Pettus: Ole Miss

Jakiah Leftwich: Georgia Tech

George Jackson: Louisiana

Bram Walden: Oregon

Garner Langlo: Auburn

State of Recruiting: Defensive Tackle

Marquis Robinson: Auburn

Lee Hunter: Auburn

Victory Vaka: TBD, trending Vanderbilt Commodores

Cameron Ball: Arkansas

Luther McCoy: Minnesota

Jalen Williams: Arkansas

Tywone Malone: Ole Miss

State of Recruiting: Defensive End

Joshua Farmer: FSU

Shambre Jackson: FSU

Quintin Somerville: UCLA

Darrell Jackson: Maryland

Keanu Koht: Alabama

Zyun Reeves: NC State

Saivion Jones: LSU

Dallas Turner: Alabama

Colin Mobley: Southern Cal

State of Recruiting: Linebacker

Branden Jennings: Maryland, previously committed to FSU and Michigan

Dequaveon Fuller: TBD, previously committed to FSU under prior staff, likely non-P5

Jaydon Hood: Michigan

Andrew Jones: Memphis

Ian Jackson: Alabama

Clayton Smith: Oklahoma

Prince Kollie: Notre Dame

Jordan Eubanks: FSU

Jamari Buddin: Penn State

Jackson Hamilton: Louisville

Barrett Carter: Clemson

Xavian Sorey: Georgia

State of Recruiting: Cornerback

Hunter Washington: FSU

Nyland Green: Georgia

Omarion Cooper: FSU

Ceyair Wright: Southern Cal

Kamari Lassiter: Georgia

Kameron Grays: Middle Tennessee State

Kevin Knowles: FSU

Sage Ryan: LSU

Khyree Jackson: Alabama

De’Jahn Warren: Jackson State

Jordan Marshall: UF

Jordan Young: UF

Latrell McCutchin: Oklahoma

Ryan Barnes: Notre Dame

MJ Daniels: Ole Miss

State of Recruiting: Safety

Ahmari Harvey: Auburn

Terrion Arnold: Alabama

DeShawn Rucker: Tennessee

Dink Jackson: Ole Miss

Corey Collier Jr: UF

Derrick Edwards: Louisville

Jardin Gilbert: Texas A&M

TJ Quinn: Louisville