FSU football: 5-star DL target LJ McCray visiting the Noles

FSU special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach John Papuchis.Img 4318
FSU special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach John Papuchis.Img 4318 /

FSU football’s coaching staff has done a great job constructing an outstanding recruiting class for the 2024 cycle. The Seminoles have already gotten three commitments on the defensive line from five-star defensive end Armondo Blount, four-star defensive end DD Holmes, and three-star defensive tackle Jamorie Flagg.

Florida State is already expecting three-star defensive tackle target D’Nas White from Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, North Carolina for an official visit this weekend. However, the Seminoles have a surprise unofficial visitor coming on campus on Friday, December 8th.

According to a report from On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons, Class of 2024 Florida five-star defensive lineman commit LJ McCray from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida will be taking a visit. This is absolutely monumental with the Early Signing Period beginning on December 20th.

While the Gators struggled this season with a 5-7 record, McCray still elected to commit to the program on October 21st instead of pledging to the Seminoles. Florida State fans thought that they had the momentum rolling when the talented defender officially visited for the weekend of October 7th when the Seminoles took on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

However, McCray ended up committing to the Florida Gators instead. This was a bummer since the Daytona Beach (FL) native was a top priority for the coaching staff on the defensive line. During his senior season, he recorded 80 total tackles (37 tackles for loss), 13 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, and an interception.

If the Seminoles find a way to get back in the picture with McCray, they would have two five-star defensive linemen (Armondo Blount is a five-star prospect) in their recruiting class. I believe that it will be difficult to flip the talented prospect from the Gators, but I am glad that the coaching staff is doing their due diligence in attempting to recruit him.

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