Mike Norvell conducts a visit with four-star LB target Tarvos "TJ" Alford

Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell conducts a visit with four-star linebacker target Tarvos "TJ" Alford.

Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell during warm ups
Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell during warm ups / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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FSU football has already secured the commitment of four-star linebacker Ethan Pritchard from Seminole High School in Sanford (FL) in their 2025 recruiting class.

However, it is noteworthy that four-star linebacker Tarvos "TJ" Alford from Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach (FL) should be a prospect to monitor. Fans are always discussing about linebacker recruiting since the Seminoles will be without two productive veterans (Kalen DeLoach and Tatum Bethune) during the 2024 season.

On Thursday morning, Alford posted a picture on social media with himself and head football coach Mike Norvell. Norvell conducted a visit with the talented prospect at his high school.

Linebackers coach Randy Shannon certainly picked up a talented option in Pritchard. However, it would be wise to add at least three options during this recruiting cycle. While the defense typically calls for a 4-2-5 scheme, there are instances where the Seminoles will go to a 4-3 scheme to effectively stop the run.

Florida State was heavily involved with four-star linebacker Zaydarius Rainey-Sale from Bethel High School in Spanaway (WA). However, he elected to commit to the home-state Washington Huskies after originally receiving a crystal ball prediction in favor of the Seminoles.

With Washington head football coach Kalen DeBoer heading to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Rainey-Sale decided to de-commit from the program and reopen his recruitment. This could allow the Seminoles to take advantage of this recruitment considering that Rainey-Sale has been to Florida State twice for unofficial visits despite living in Washington.

Overall, it is great to see that Florida State is still actively involved in Alford's recruitment. However, as of right now, Florida seems to be the crystal ball leader. The Gators and Miami Hurricanes seem to be the two teams most associated with his recruitment with Florida State on the outside looking in.

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