10:00 AM, 1/24/2019
A relatively quiet January will soon be buzzing with activity for the FSU fandom.
Willie Taggart and Company have forgone using the first two weekends of January in lieu of having a huge official visitor list this weekend. This strategy has proven to be effective on the trail and the staff will aim for much of the same starting Friday. The staff is bringing at least ten priority targets though the number will probably be closer to fifteen. Let's go position by position and paint a clear picture of not only the prospects visiting, but where FSU with each going into this crucial weekend.
Lance LeGendre: (6'2 205)
Quarterback is the most important position on the field and the de facto top need for FSU at this point. Enter Lance LeGendre. Lance played at powerhouse Warren Easton in Louisiana and is a legitimate dual threat. He has a rocket for an arm and excellent straight line speed for a Quarterback. His weakness include his touch on medium and short passes and his overall consistency, but make no mistake he is a clear cut 4 star prospect and a must get for FSU. He is one of the top options at QB for the staff and he's already visited on his on dime last summer. Going into this visit FSU is the clear favorite and I would predict him to ink with the 'Noles, but Miami gets the last crack at him so you have to watch out there as they have no QB commits either.
Darwin Barlow: RB (5'11/195)
With the news of Amir Rasul entering the transfer portal the staff is trying to add a RB to this class and Barlow is an excellent option. The TCU commit is explosive, agile, and has good vision as well. FSU has their hands full trying to flip him but Kendal Briles has obvious connections to the state which could shift things on this recruitment.
Ira Henry OT: (6'5/320)
Much like LeGendre, Ira comes from a powerhouse high school in his state. Trinity Catholic in Missouri is a regular in the state championship game and they always produce good prospects. Two will visit this weekend but in terms of need Ira is by far the most important. He already has a solid build that you can work with and an excellent initial punch. He improved massively from his Junior to Senior season but is still a work in progress like most high school lineman. His feet are light but inconsistent but his frame allows you to play him at Tackle and develop him into a starter. He may have a problem with speed rushers early In his career but the scheme being implemented by Briles will allow him some leeway there, as it is based on power not finesse.
FSU is Ira Henry's dream school and with our need at his position this is one Greg Frey simply has to close on. Coming off of a trip to Auburn he named them his leader which means that much more work for the staff. But in the end I feel they knock his visit out of the park and land him on NSD.
Kamaar Bell: OG (6'3/320)
Kamaar Bell is only a short drive away from Tallahassee as he hails from Moultrie, Georgia. The Noles want to finish out the class with one more Guard and Bell fits what they want to a T. He's big, physical, and punishes you down the field from his inside spot. He is more adept at run blocking but his feet suggest he can be a good pass protector in this scheme. Bell recently visited Auburn and called them his leader "by a lot" so the staff has work to do here to flip his opinion. To counteract that however, Bell has mentioned his #1 want in a school is need, and FSU certainly needs him.
Charles Moore: DL (6'4 268)
The staff turned on the heat for Moore starting in early January after Derrick Hunter flipped to Texas A&M on ESD. Moore made a lot of noise during Under Armor week and his film backs that up. He has an excellent first step, innate ability to get off blockers, and is a great tackler as well. He also has the versatility to play in a 3-4 as an End and in a 4-3 as a DT. He would be great final piece to the DL class for Odell. He has already officially visited Florida and Auburn and they lead for his services at this point. But FSU will have it's shot and he's already connected with the #Tribe19 guys during Under Armour week. This will be a close battle and will come down to NSD in all likelihood.
Quashon Fuller: DL (6'3 270)
Quashon is a well known player in the recruiting game. The FSU commit has constantly flirted with other programs after Jimbo left and went as far as to not sign early to take some more visits. But Odell and FSU have stayed on him through all of it because he's simply a good football player. He's most likely a DE at FSU who will slide inside on critical passing downs. He has an excellent first step and has speed to go with it. Pretty twitchy for his size and has excellent hands to get off blocks and sack the quarterback. Not the best tackler as he needs to add strength but that will come with a college weight program. Even though he has a visit to Bama in early February I fully expect him to ink with the Noles.
Shammond Cooper: LB (6'2/195)
Shammond is the other prospect that is visiting from powerhouse Trinity Catholic and he's a good one. He is the coaches first choice to fill out this Linebacker class although they would take one more to go with him. Cooper is a rangy backer with long arms who can trigger sideline to sideline very well. He has an excellent frame for a coverage backer and would fit in perfectly with Barnett's scheme. Although committed to Illinois, Raymond Woodie has been doing excellent work behind the scenes for months and the coaching staff feels good about a flip.
Eugene Asante: LB (6'1/212)
A late rising gem from the state of Virginia, Eugene Asante is another 'backer FSU would love to finish the class with. He plays with a lot of tenacity and hits like a mack truck. Has the ability to stack and shed blocks when he rushes the passer. Excellent straight line speed to the ball carrier as well. FSU will have to beat out Virginia Tech and North Carolina for his signature.
Kevon Glenn: LB (6'1/220)
The FSU signee is a 4A player of the year hailing from the state of Georgia. He's an efficient tackler and downhill run stuffer. Has the hips to drop back into coverage and make impact plays, can trigger sideline to sideline with relative ease. Good size for the position as well. Should develop well under Coach Woodie.
Travis Jay: CB (6'1/185)
The long time FSU commit triggered a sigh of relief from FSU fans everywhere and completely shut down his recruitment last week. The local prospect from Madison was thinking of taking visits to Tennessee and Florida down the stretch. Jay is a play maker from the corner position, tallying over twenty interceptions during his his school career. He has fluid hips and is adept in Man to man coverage area this stage in his development. A hard hitter for a corner back and knows how to be a clean tackler as well. Weakness include playing off coverage but that's more due to lack of reps due to scheme. Early impact is expected.
Brendan Gant: S (6'1/192)
Another long time FSU commit is Brendan Gant, an elite safety prospect from Kathleen, Florida. He has excellent range for his size and can go vertical to break up passes over the top. Physical hitter with tremendous sideline to sideline speed. Played both sides of the ball, natural play maker with the rock in his hands. His overall awareness for the game is probably the most glaring weakness as of now. Barnett has a lot to work with here and he may be an early contributor especially on special teams.
Ryan Fitzgerald: K (6'0/185)
Ever team needs a great kicker and FSU is no different. With Ricky Aguayo leaving next season Fitzgerald would be the perfect replacement. He's ranked as the #1 Placekicker in the country according to Sail Kicking- the go to ranking site for all things special teams. The Georgia product is a lifelong Seminole fan with a cannon for a leg and would be a great addition to the roster.
Stay tuned to the Big 3 Roll Up for updates.
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