FSU football has been successful when recruiting offensive linemen during head football coach Mike Norvell's tenure. That is due in large part to the recruiting prowess of offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins.
During the 2024 recruiting cycle, they secured the signings of four-star Jonathan Daniels, four-star Manasse Itete, three-star Tye Hylton, and three-star Jayden Todd. Even with serving a three-game suspension to begin the 2024 season, Atkins has not slowed his pursuit with obtaining talented 2025 prospects at the positon.
Florida State has already acquired one elite five-star offensive lineman Solomon Thomas from Raines High School in Jacksonville (FL). However, that does not suggest that the Seminoles are even remotely close to being finished this cycle.
Some targets include four-star Lamar Williams, four-star Cortez Smith, four-star Ziyare Addison, four-star Peyton Joseph, four-star Mario Nash Jr., and four-star Max Buchanan.
Williams and Nash Jr. visited Tallahassee this weekend for their Junior Day event. On the other hand, Joseph included Florida State in his top schools list. As it pertains to Smith, head football coach Mike Norvell went and saw the talented four-star prospect at his high school.
Unfortunately, the talented four-star offensive lineman has received two crystal ball predictions in favor of the home-state Georgia Bulldogs from 247Sports Director of Football Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and Dawgs247 Georgia Insider Kipp Adams.
Smith unofficially visited the Bulldogs last weekend for their own respective Junior Day. However, I would certainly expect the Seminoles' coaching staff to get him on campus soon. The Parkview High School standout last visited Florida State on October 21st when they defeated the Duke Blue Devils in a sold-out Doak Campbell Stadium.
While it seems like FSU is in a better position with a prospect such as four-star Ziyare Addison, who has stated that the Seminoles are the team that stands out. However, I believe that it is worth it to keep pursuing Smith as a prospect.