One of the biggest question marks heading into Signing Day tomorrow is if the Seminoles can put the finishing touches on their elite class by landing some of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects.
The Seminoles’ championship win has been a significant recruiting tool for certain players who are still considering the Seminoles.
Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead: Composite ranking: 5 stars – Lane took an official visit to FSU this past weekend and is essentially a definite recruit to end up in Tallahassee. He is best friends with Miami Central RB Dalvin Cook, who enrolled at Florida State last month and hosted Lane on his visit. Miami is still in the mix but the Seminoles can most likely count him in.
Lorenzo Carter, DE, Norcross (Ga.): Composite ranking: 5 stars – FSU appears to be locked out of the race to land Carter. Jeremy Pruitt played a large role in his recruitment and losing him hurt a little bit. But FSU has been fighting an uphill battle because Georgia has been his favorite for a while. Now that the Bulldogs have Pruitt as their defensive coordinator, that may give them the boost over FSU.
Malachi Dupree, WR, New Orleans John Curtis: Composite ranking: 5 stars – FSU is considered to have an outside shot at Dupree. LSU seems like the team to beat, but the Seminoles are making a strong push, using a chance to play with QB Jameis Winston as a major selling point.
He took five official visits since Jan. 17 (LSU, FSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU). Adding Dupree would truly be the icing on the cake for FSU. But since he hasn’t made his decision public, it’s difficult to know who he’s leaning toward.
Roderick Johnson, OL, Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central: Composite ranking: 4 stars – It’s possible that Johnson is the closest commit to choose FSU right away. The sizable lineman (6-6, 315) did take an official visit to Ohio State, but most analysts believe that Florida State is his final destination.
Malik McDowell, SDE, Southfield (Mich.): Composite ranking: 5 stars – He is very hard to read and he has maybe the most complicated recruiting situation of any big-time prospect that is still uncommitted.
His mom doesn’t seem to care for Michigan State and Florida State has seemingly done a nice job with him. McDowell’s Mom got to see the school and his Dad happens to be a fan of FSU.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida State all have a legitimate shot at McDowell, although Michigan seems unlikely.
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