The Seminoles plan to take at least two running back recruits this season, and there will be plenty of talent on hand at the position to take in the spring game.
Miami commitment Alex Collins, a running back out of Plantation (Fla.) South plans to take in the FSU spring game. The talented running back stands 5'11" and weighs in at 200 pounds. The four-star back has only played one year of football and also plays lacrosse. He holds offers from Boston College, Florida State, Louisville and Wisconsin. Collins shows good balance and has ideal size.
Joining Collins will be running back Ryan Green. Green is a 5'10", 190 pound star for St. Pete (Fla.) Catholic. He is widely considered one of the best 15 running backs in the country and is a consensus four-star. Green has game-changing speed.
And yet another running back will be joining Collins and Green: A.J. Turman. Turman is a 6'0" 205 pound back for Orlando's Boone High School. He claims offers from Boston College, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He runs too upright for my taste, but does have a lot of ability. Turman is a consensus four-star recruit and Florida State is in good position with him.
Offensive line is also a big need for the Seminoles in the 2013 class, as Florida State looks to take at least four offensive linemen. With one already committed in star tackle Austin Golson, it appears Florida State has three or four spots remaining.
The top offensive lineman on the board for the 'Noles (and every other school for that matter) is Laremy Tunsil. Unfortunately for FSU, he will be unable to visit because he is taking the ACT.
One offensive line that will be in attendance is Richy Klepal of Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School. Klepal is listed at 6'5" and 285 pounds, though most believe he is shorter. He is rated three or four stars by most of the major services. Other offers include Arizona, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Rutgers, USF and Vanderbilt.
Florida State plans to take at least three defensive backs in the 2013 class, and more than likely will take four or five (two are already committed).
One impressive prospect making the visit is Marcell Harris. The 6'1", 200 pound Harris looks like a linebacker but moves well enough to play safety. He is a consensus four-star recruit for Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips, his new school. Holding offers from Florida, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Texas, many believe Harris will follow in his father's footsteps and choose the Gators. FSU has the chance to make a good impression this weekend.
Possibly attending will be Immokalee (Fla.) High School cornerback Mackensie Alexander, a top cornerback who decommitted from Tennessee. Mackensie is on the verge of five-star status at 5'11" and 180 pounds. He is extremely aggressive and athletic. He holds offers from most every school int he country and Florida State has a legit shot to land him.
Also coming will be 2015 mega recruit Jacques Patrick of Timber Creek High School. Patrick is a solid 6'2" and 200 pounds at only 15 years old. He is unlikely to play running back at the next level, but is already receiving interest from all of the top schools.
Two Florida State commitments not attending are noteworthy: defensive tackles Maquedius Bain and Deadrin Senat. Both are four-star recruits. Bain is considered about the softest verbal commitment possible, after naming Miami as his leader (while maintaining his commitment to Florida State), and visiting the school at least four times this spring. Senat is considered much more of a solid commitment to the 'Noles.