Florida State basketball: Coaches visit 5-star guard Anfernee Simons

When 5-star guard Anfernee Simons was initially being recruited, the Florida State basketball coaches weren’t overly interested.

Now, however, Simons is one of the hottest commodities in the Class of 2018, and the Seminoles presented him a sales pitch over the weekend.

Simons, a 6-foot-4 guard, committed to Louisville last November, but the recent FBI investigation that revealed a pay for play scandal at the school and Rick Pitino’s subsequent firing led Simons to withdraw his commitment. According to a story by Evan Daniels for Scout.com, this past weekend, Simons had his first round of in-home visits since de-committing from Louisville.

Florida State was one of three schools to pay Simons a visit, along with Florida and South Carolina.

Simons told Daniels that he already had relationships with Florida coach Mike White and South Carolina coach Frank Martin from his earlier recruitment, but Florida State has emerged as a new possible landing spot. Simons, who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., said one alluring aspect of Florida State is its proximity to his home.

“They were sorry for not recruiting me earlier,” Simons said about the Seminoles. “That’s what they all said, and its also a school that’s close to home, so I like that too.”

At the moment, Florida State has just one commit for its 2018 class: 3-star shooting guard Devin Vassell.

In all, Simons, ranked the No. 14 prospect in the 2018 class by Scout, said he has heard from 19 schools since he re-opened his recruitment. He said he plans to cut that list down significantly before scheduling any official visits, but he’s in no rush to do so.

“I’m just hearing everybody out and cutting my list from here, and based on who my top schools are I will set my official visits there,” Simons said.

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