Florida State recruiting: Seminoles offer 2019 quarterback

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Seminoles offer prospect from in-state powerhouse

After striking out on landing a quarterback in the 2018 class, the pressure is on Florida State coach Willie Taggart and offensive coordinator Walt Bell to replenish their roster at the most important position.

The Seminoles have just three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster in 2018, which should make their depth chart quite appealing to top passers in the Class of 2019.

On Sunday, Florida State offered 3-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy quarterback David Baldwin.

The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Baldwin, who is from Upland, Calif., rates as the nation’s No. 11 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 411 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite.

Arizona, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Utah and Washington State are among the programs that have offered him.

Baldwin is the ninth 2019 quarterback to earn an offer from the Seminoles. Of those offers, six have come from Taggart and the new staff.

According to MaxPreps, Baldwin threw for 2,510 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions as a junior. He added 458 yards and 3 scores on the ground.

His ability to make plays with his arm or legs makes him an appealing candidate to run Taggart’s up-tempo spread attack.

Baldwin referred to the Florida State offer as a “dream offer” so it’s likely that the staff will be able to set up a time for him to visit campus in the near future.

In-state DE names top 2

One of the primary targets at Florida State’s junior day last month was 4-star Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Derick Hunter.

The 6-4, 281-pound defender is a versatile player who could potentially slide inside and play defensive tackle at the next level if he continues to add mass and strength to his frame.

One of his prep teammates — 2020 athlete Jadarius McKnight — joined him on the visit and pledged to Taggart and his staff, giving the Seminoles their first commitment in the 2020 cycle.

At that point, it looked like the Seminoles were in great shape with Hunter, the nation’s No. 15 strongside defensive end and the No. 186 player overall in the 2019 cycle.

However, one month after his trip to Tallahassee, it appears as if Hunter has moved a pair of SEC programs to the top of his list.

According to Josh Newberg of Noles247, Florida and Georgia are tied at the top for his services. The last visit Hunter took was to Florida in late February.

Even with that news, the Seminoles remain one of a handful of programs that Hunter is considering. As Newberg detailed, the main thing working in the Seminoles’ favor is the relationship he has built with linebackers coach Raymond Woodie.

Additionally, Hunter has plans to return to Florida State. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Penn State and Texas A&M are other programs he mentioned that could get visits in the coming months.

Hunter plans to commit during the Army All-American Bowl. With that much time left in his recruitment there could be more twists and turns ahead.

For now, it appears as if the Seminoles have work to do to get back to the top of his leaderboard.

LB target cuts list

Linebacker is another priority position for defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett in the 2019 cycle.

The Seminoles return just six scholarship linebackers on their 2018 roster, but moves could be made in the spring to add depth for the upcoming season.

Still, that position is one that will be heavily recruited by the staff over the next few months. One target who remains on the Seminoles’ wish list is 4-star Gulfport (Miss.) linebacker Derick Hall.

The 6-5, 215-pound Magnolia State defender announced Monday that he had cut his list of suitors to eight schools: Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

The Seminoles offered Hall last month. He rates as the nation’s No. 15 outside linebacker and the No. 215 player overall in the 2019 cycle.

With the Seminoles making his short list, their chances of getting him on campus should improve.

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