The Florida State Seminoles had a banner day on the recruiting trail today, as they added two highly touted quarterback prospects. 4-star prospects Kai Locksley and Deondre Francois announced their commitments within minutes of each other this afternoon.
Locksley was the first to go public. The 6′ 3″ 188-pound dual-threat signal caller from Gilman High School in Baltimore, Maryland is actually ranked as an athlete, not a quarterback, by 247 Sports (he’s the #19 athlete in the country). He also has over 20 offers from schools including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami, and Ohio State. The in-state Maryland Terrapins are currently considered the Seminoles’ biggest compeition for his services.
Francois, of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida made his commitment to the ‘Noles just moments after Locksley. Francois is ranked the sixth-best pro-style QB in the nation. He stands 6′ 1″ inches tall and tips the scales at 195 pounds. The battle for Francois was won over Auburn, but he has even more offers than Locksley, from schools including Florida, Clemson, and Oregon.
The two attended head coach Jimbo Fisher’s camp this summer, which is, perhaps, appropriate and speaks volumes to the recruiting FSU has done at the QB position since Fisher took over. A noted quarterback guru, Fisher’s first recruit at Florida State was E.J. Manuel, the first QB taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, had one of the best seasons in college football history, and two of his former backups, Jacob Coker and Clint Trickett, have since transferred and will start for other notable programs (Alabama and West Virginia, respectively).
Of course, the ‘Noles already had a QB commit for the 2015 class before today: 3-star prospect De’Andre Johnson of Jacksonville’s First Coast High School. So while this is certainly great news for Seminoles fans, it does raise some questions. Will FSU really sign three QBs in one class? If not, will one of these players try a different position? Or will the lure of signing elsewhere with less competition result in a decommitment? Still half a year from National Signing Day, there are, naturally, more questions than answers.