Florida State Football Recruiting: 'Noles Make Final Push With Big Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The 'Noles already have one of the top classes in the country. If FSU is going to make a run at a top-three class, it'll need to cash in on this weekend's visitors.

Florida State had a disappointing year on the field, missing out on the ACC championship game and finishing with a 9-4 record. But that hasn't slowed down the Seminoles on the recruiting trail. Florida State has fifteen commitments, and is looking at add as many as seven more. The 'Noles could have as many as 14 commitments come to Tallahassee this weekend.

One such player visiting the 'Noles is defensive end Leonard Williams. Florida State has offered Williams, but it's undetermined whether FSU actually has room to take him. Williams is one of the best defensive ends in the country, but the 'Noles already have commitments from three of the top six defensive ends in the country.

Florida State would absolutely have room for cornerback Ronald Darby, who recently decommitted from Notre Dame. Darby is one of the fastest players in the country. The 'Noles have an excellent track team as well, and that's attractive to Darby. From Maryland, Darby is also considering Clemson and the Terrapins.

The 'Noles certainly need help on the offensive line, and that may come in the form of JUCO offensive tackle Menelik Watson. Watson plays for Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Watson came to the U.S. from England as a basketball recruit, bulked up, and has played only a year of football. But with offers from the 'Noles, Auburn and Oregon, he has plenty of interest. The 6'7", 312-pound tackle is an excellent athlete. He visited Auburn on December 16th and Washington on December 10th. Auburn is considered his leader.

The 'Noles are also expecting a visit from a pair of defensive backs in Colin Blake and A.J. Leggett. Blake is committed to Texas A&M, but may be open to a switch. Leggett committed to Miami, decommitted and committed to Florida State, then decommitted and committed back to Miami. He then decommitted from the 'Canes. Leggett attended four different South Florida high schools in his career, and may have an issue qualifying at Florida State. If he doesn't make it in, Marshall is an option. But he had a monster senior year, and Florida State will give him every shot to qualify.

Also joining the group of uncommitted prospects is receiver Nelson Agholor. Out of Tampa's Berkeley Prep, Agholor is one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. He's a great athlete and electric with the ball in his hands. Agholor is thought to be favoring Florida, with Notre Dame and USC also contending. This would be a shocking pull if the 'Noles can sway him.

Joining them on the trip will be a host of Florida State commitments, including defensive end Mario Edwards, defensive back P.J. Williams, quarterback Sean Maguire, tight end Christo Courtizidis, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., and linebacker Markuss Eligwe.

For more on Florida State recruiting coverage, turn to Tomahawk Nation.

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