Have Florida State football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. You can tweet @Sanjay Kirpalani or @NolesDieHards with your questions. Join us every Friday for the Florida State DieHards recruiting mailbag to discuss Seminoles recruiting. This week, we discuss the possibility of Florida State taking two quarterbacks in the 2019 class, what position the Seminoles newest commitment will play and some of the top defensive linemen on the Seminoles radar.
First up this week, we have Gary Simonson asking whether or not Florida State will take two quarterbacks in the 2019 cycle?
Although coach Willie Taggart nor his staff has or will confirm that, I believe that to be the case for a few reasons.
With just three passers on the 2018 roster, the Seminoles have little in the way of depth at the game’s most important position. As we saw with the 2017 season, one snap can change the course of an entire year.
That situation could become even more dire if any one of the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job decides to transfer if they don’t win it. However, even if they all stick around, adding two quarterbacks will be a start in restoring the balance to the depth chart.
Additionally, with an entirely new offensive staff, whomever Taggart lands at quarterback will be the first passers he and the new staff will have their fingerprints on.
The best case scenario for Florida State would be for one of the two they take to eventually be the program’s quarterback of the future.
Some of the names to watch in the 2019 cycle include 4-star Bridgeport (Conn.) Avon Old Farms quarterback Taisun Phommachanh, 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell, 4-star San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels and 3-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback David Baldwin.
Next, Jason Killins asks about the position that Florida State’s newest commitment — 3-star Madison (Fla.) Madison County corner Travis Jay — will play during his college career.
First, a little bit of clarity here in that Jay was previously ranked as an athlete. However, he’s recently been reevaluated and has now been designated to play corner in college.
Another thing to note is that Jay, who committed to Florida State on March 13, selected the Seminoles over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee among others. He also represents the first 2019 pledge earned by Taggart and the new Seminoles staff.
Jay has played mostly corner at the prep level, but as a defensive back, his ball skills and his ability to make tackles in open space give him an opportunity to move to safety provided he continues to grow.
At 6-foot, 175-pounds, his size may dictate that he stays at corner.
Regardless of where he lines up, it’s clear that he’s a playmaker in the secondary.
Over the last two seasons, Jay has recorded 105 tackles and 16 interceptions, according to MaxPreps. His penchant for forcing turnovers should make him a valuable to addition to defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett’s secondary.
Finally, Vincent Taliercio asks about the top defensive linemen Florida State is after in 2019 and 2020.
Let’s start with the 2019 class and break them down into defensive tackles and defensive ends.
At defensive tackle, the biggest name on the board is 5-star Amite (La.) defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher. The 6-f0ot-5, 279-pound Pelican State standout rates as the nation’s top defensive tackle and the No. 4 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s familiar with Tallahassee having visited last summer for a camp and he’s got a tight bond with long-time defensive line coach Odell Haggins. The Seminoles will fight pretty much every other superpower in the country to land him.
Additionally, the Seminoles already hold a commitment from 3-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive tackle Tru Thompson. One in-state target to watch is 4-star Largo (Fla.) defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells. The former Florida commitment is a player that Taggart and his staff are hoping to get on campus.
At defensive end, the Seminoles hold pledges from 4-star Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage defensive end Mike Morris and 4-star Lehigh Acres (Fla.) defensive end Quashon Fuller. Morris appears to be solid while Fuller appears to be more open with listening to other schools. Both Morris and Fuller project as strongside defensive ends, which is a position that the Seminoles loaded up on in the 2018 cycle. One name to watch at that spot is 4-star Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Derick Hunter. He was one of a handful of recruits that made it to Tallahassee for Florida State’s junior day.
The Seminoles and defensive ends coach Mark Snyder seem to have a greater need for athletic and rangy pass-rushers in this cycle — or weak-side defensive ends as they are classified.
The main names to watch at that spot include 5-star Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, 4-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons defensive end Khris Bogle and 4-star Auburndale (Fla.) Senior defensive end Lloyd Summerall. Of that bunch, Summerall appears to be the one that the Seminoles are in the best shape with at this point.
As for the 2020 class, it’s still early, but the Seminoles have offered a total of seven defensive linemen from that cycle. The one that they appear to be in the best spot with at this time is 4-star Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf defensive end Chantz Williams. He is another prospect that already has a strong bond with Haggins.
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