FSU football has three defensive backs committed to their 2024 recruiting class, four-star cornerback Ricky Knight III, four-star safety CJ Heard, and three-star safety Rydarrius Morgan.
However, defensive backs coach Patrick Surtain Sr. is far from finished when it comes to acquiring more highly-touted prospects for his secondary.
While five-star cornerback Charles Lester III, five-star safety KJ Bolden, and four-star cornerback Jalewis Solomon remain atop the target list, FSU fans should not discount the possibility of another defensive back entering the mix.
As mentioned in a previous article, three-star athlete Gregory Smith III from Sumner High School in Riverview, Florida, has emerged as a candidate to join the Seminoles’ recruiting class.
On Thursday night, Smith III announced that he would commit on August 1st. He followed the tweet stating that he would drop a top five schools list soon.
On Sunday afternoon, he decided to drop his schools list on Twitter, which featured Florida State, Ole Miss, South Florida, Northern Illinois, and Howard:
This news comes as no surprise FSU football is included in the talented athlete’s schools list. He has unofficially visited FSU several times. However, when he came to Tallahassee for a camp, the scholarship offer finally came to fruition.
He played quarterback at Sumner High School during his junior season. As a quarterback, he completed 84 of his 138 pass attempts (60.9%) for 1,423 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also had 787 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns (statistics were found on his 247Sports’ recruiting profile).
FSU likes him as a defensive back. He will play more of a defensive back role during his senior season. Just for a disclaimer, this does not mean that the Seminoles are not confident that they land either cornerback Charles Lester III or safety KJ Bolden.
To make matters even better, FSU is recruiting Smith III’s high school teammate (2025 four-star offensive tackle Ziyare Addison), who is very interested in offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins and the program in general.
In my opinion, the Seminoles could have the opportunity to get a 6’3”, 190 pound athlete that possesses versatility and length at the defensive back position.