FSU football currently ranks No. 15 in the 2024 247Sports’ Composite rankings.
The following prospects are committed to the program (247Sports’ Composite rankings):
•Five-star TE Landen Thomas
•Four-star QB Luke Kromenhoek
•Four-star RB Kameron Davis
•Four-star WR Camdon Frier
•Four-star WR Tawaski Abrams
•Four-star WR BJ Gibson
•Four-star WR Lawayne McCoy
•Four-star WR Elijah Moore
•Four-star DE DD Holmes
•Three-star DT Jamorie Flagg
•Three-star LB Jayden Parrish
•Four-star CB Ricky Knight III
•Three-star S CJ Heard
•Three-star S Rydarrius Morgan
•Three-star K Jake Weinberg
This question always surfaces when discussing FSU recruiting: How can FSU football be obtain a top-10 recruiting class?
In the article, I want to focus on three aspects of how Florida State football can accomplish that feat.
Sign a relatively full recruiting class
FSU football coaches likely want to sign around 23 or 24 prospects in their recruiting class by the time Signing Day rolls around. They currently have 15 recruits that have committed to the program.
Given their recent track record from previous recruiting cycles, signing a full recruiting class could be difficult, given that head football coach Mike Norvell has only done it once in the past four recruiting cycles. The Seminoles signed 19 prospects in the 2023 recruiting class, 17 in 2022, 17 in 2021, and 25 in 2020.
FSU has made a name in the transfer portal, where they have considered themselves a favorable transfer destination. Given the current climate of the transfer portal, the Seminoles have realized that accumulating immediate veteran leadership at certain positions could pay dividends for the success on the football field. There is a fine balance between the transfer portal and recruiting high school prospects.
Land the top remaining targets
The Seminoles are in a good position to land a variety of prospects such as five-star cornerback Charles Lester III, four-star running back Micahi Danzy, four-star offensive tackle Jonathan Daniels, four-star cornerback Jalewis Solomon, three-star offensive tackle Tye Hylton, and three-star cornerback Kevin Levy.
If the Seminoles obtain all of those six prospects, they would elevate their recruiting ranking from No. 15 to No. 10. The coaching staff has set themselves up to have a great next couple of weeks as each prospect will make their decisions in the next four weeks.
Expand the target board
Fans understand “not putting all your eggs in one basket” regarding recruiting. We sometimes see it too often where coaching staffs around the country put all their resources into a prospect just for them to commit elsewhere.
Recruiting is unpredictable where you never understand what prospects will do at any given moment. However, it is always good for coaches to have recruiting tiers.
For example, four-star defensive end Dylan Stephenson committed to Stanford after his first official visit with the Cardinal. The Seminoles had a plan for the setback and aggressively went after four-star DD Holmes where they secured his pledge.
The Seminoles are from over with their recruiting efforts. At the halfway mark of August, FSU’s 2024 recruiting class should be about 90 percent full. That will allow the coaching staff to go big-game hunting for its top recruiting targets.