Florida State hosted Clemson on Saturday night in front of a national television audience and more than 100 prospects from across the country.
The Southwest Florida draw of recruits was especially great with former South Fort Myers High star Sammy Watkins as the main attraction for Clemson.
Wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Class of 2014), safety Joe Williams (2014), cornerback Tajze Battle (2014), athlete Daniel Cobb (2015), and linebacker James Hurajay (2015) of Dunbar High drove up Saturday morning. Bronson (Florida) and Battle (North Carolina) have made early verbal commitments to other schools, but FSU is beginning to recruit them, and there is a long way to go until signing day 2014.
Cobb, one of the area’s fastest players, is a big FSU fan and he is also firmly on the Noles’ radar.
“The kids loved it, and we were able to spend some time with the coaches,” Dunbar defensive coordinator Sam Brown said.
“It was a great game, an exciting game, and we are happy we made the trip.”
Immokalee was also well represented in Tallahassee with receiver J.C. Jackson (2014), defensive tackle Deadrin Senat (2013), running back Dee Johnson (2014), and cornerback Mackensie Alexander (2013). Jackson is verbally committed to FSU, with both sides of the football recruiting him (WR/CB).
Senat, a former FSU commit, is still open, but remains a high priority for FSU. Alexander set up his first official visit and is in discussions with more than 10 colleges.
“I’m trying to set up official visits to schools that I have not been to,” Alexander said. “Nebraska will be the first one that I take. I am going to take my time and see what happens.”
Florida State travels to Tampa this weekend to play South Florida. Expect a ton of recruits to be at the game since Tampa is very accessible for much of the state and USF has had this weekend targeted for months.
Florida, off to a 4-0 start, hosted a pair of official visitors from Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) in quarterback Max Staver (UF commit) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (USC commit). Staver, a solid commitment, has been working on his more heralded teammate.
“I think Florida is in his top three or something like that, but he liked it down there,” Staver said of Ramsey, ranked the No. 4 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. “He enjoyed it and was cutting up and smiling so we will see what happens. I think we have a decent shot at landing him.”