Jimbo Fisher already has the highly recruited Dalvin Cook (No. 2 RB) enrolled for the spring semester, but there are more explosive players on the way. Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston did lose his freakishly talented receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw to the NFL, but the scary thing is that he could have even more deep threats in 2014.
Florida State has plenty of targets still deciding where they will be playing in August. But when you are coming off a national championship season, you get the best players in the country to take notice. Let’s take a look at the five-star recruits that the Seminoles are looking to land on signing day:
Malachi Dupre: No. 3 WR (247)
New Orleans, LA (John Curtis)
Considering: LSU, UCLA, FSU, Alabama, Ole Miss
Dupre is a wanted man, and has had quite a busy January. He’s taken official visits to LSU (Jan 17), Alabama (Jan 20), Florida State (Jan 24), Ole Miss (Jan 27) and is scheduled to see UCLA this upcoming Saturday (Jan 31).
The star receiver did enjoy his time in Tallahassee. Winston was his host, which I’m sure didn’t hurt FSU’s chances to land him. The Seminoles are throwing everything the program has to offer at Dupre. He would be a great addition to an already talented class: his height (6-foot-2) and speed (4.50 40-yard dash) would keep ACC defenses on their toes next season.
There’s no question that Dupre will make an immediate impact in 2014, we’re just waiting to see where. As much as FSU has to offer right now, I don’t think it’ll be enough to dethrone the hometown school.
Ermon Lane: No. 4 WR (247)
Considering: FSU, Miami, Alabama
Lane is a physically imposing receiver and may remind Florida State fans of Benjamin. He was a Florida commit but now is leaning towards the Seminoles. FSU already has four-star receiver Travis Rudolph committed and it’s looking as though Fisher will get Lane to join him.
Lane has set his official visit to Tallahassee this Saturday (Jan 31). Florida State will have quite a bargaining chip with Winston back for at least one more year. The Seminoles did lose great talent on the perimeter this off-season, but it seems as though reinforcements will be in soon.
Norcross, GA (Norcross)
Considering: Georgia, FSU, LSU, Florida, Alabama
Carter is a force on the edge, which is just what Fisher is looking for. He’s always been fond of Georgia, but if anyone can take him away from the Bulldogs, it would be the Seminoles.
Carter took his official visit to Tallahassee on Jan 24, and his host was current linebacker Terrance Smith--which happens to be the most liked player on campus. The five-star defensive end and his family reportedly had a great time and were impressed with what FSU had to offer. The Seminoles do have one thing going for them in this bidding war for Carter: New defensive coordinator Charles Kelly is very close to the defensive end and has a great relationship with his family. With standout defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan leaving for the NFL draft, FSU is scrambling to land an enforcer in the trenches.