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Florida State football recruiting: Miami game biggest visit weekend of 2013

Can Florida State keep its recruiting momentum going with a huge list of visitors coming for the Miami game?

Streeter Lecka

Florida State put together a strong class during every year under head coach Jimbo Fisher, and the Seminoles are at it once again. The Seminoles' 25-member 2014 class is one of the best nationally, according to the 247Sports composite, and second in the ACC, trailing only Miami by a small margin. But the Seminoles trail no team nationally when it comes to recruiting momentum, thanks to its great on-field play.

The big group includes several recent additions. Consensus three-star defensive tackle Arthur Williams committed on Oct. 22, and while three-star tight end Ryan Izzo verbaled in September.

Here are some of the top players FSU has assembled at this point:

  • Kain Daub is a four-star linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood High School. He is considered the 43rd-best overall prospect in the 2014 class, making him the highest-ranked player to commit to FSU. He's also the No. 3 player at his position and the seventh-best player from Florida. Florida State needs bigger linebackers for its new 3-4 defense, and Daub fits the bill. As does, Jacob Pughanother four-star linebacker, and he's from Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla. He is regarded as the 10th-best player at his position, and the No. 137 overall prospect, as well as the 19th-best player in Florida.
  • With the potential to lose all three of its starting receivers after this year, receiver is a major position of need. Four-star wide receiver Markell Pack hails from Purvis (Miss.) High School. He is the 23rd-best player at his position and the No. 144 overall prospect in the country.
  • Demarcus Christmas is a four-star defensive tackle. The Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee High School product is regarded as the No. 152 player overall, the No. 13 player at his position and the No. 20 prospect from Florida.
  • Saluda (S.C.) High School's Dexter Wideman is a four-star defensive tackle ranked about the same as Christmas. Wideman is the No. 161 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 15 player at his position and a top-five player from South Carolina. Wideman is not a solid commitment, as he has visited the South Carolina Gamecocks multiple times of late.
  • Four-star athlete Treon Harris is from Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington High School. He could potentially end up at quarterback, defensive back or wide receiver at the college level. He's considered the 22nd-best prospect in Florida and the No. 172 overall player in the nation. Harris wants to play quarterback, and FSU will definitely give him his shot.

Still needed

Florida State is totally set at quarterback and linebacker, and is unlikely to take another recruit at either position. The Seminoles still need more offensive linemen, running backs, superstar receivers (FSU has good but not great talent here, and can do better), defensive linemen, and defensive backs.

And Florida State has a lot of room in 2014, perhaps as many as 31.

For more information on the prospects in this piece, check out the : Florida State recruiting board.

The Seminoles would like to pick up an elite running back, like Joe Mixon or Dalvin Cook, a current Florida commitment. But the Seminoles also need numbers, and for that, would like to add a back like Donte Thomas-Williams or T.J. Harrell.

Florida State knows that it likely has only one remaining season of Jameis Winston at quarterback -- a player that several draft experts have said would go No.1  overall if he were eligible to turn pro after this season. Knowing that, FSU is strongly committed to putting game-ready players around him. JUCO offensive tackles Chad Mavety and Jordan Prestwood are both college-ready, and are strongly considering Florida State. In the High School ranks, FSU is very involved with Rod Johnson, Frank Ragnow, David Sharpe, Brock Ruble, and a few others. It would like to take seven or more offensive linemen, if possible. All of the players mentioned above are roughly four-star caliber.

Florida State has five commitments from receivers, but it wants to add more elite talents at the position. FSU faced negative recruitment for not sending any receivers to the NFL since the 2007 draft, but with its three starters at receiver playing at such a high level and being very likely to head to the draft this year or the next, major prospects are taking note. Five-stars Malachi Dupre and Ermon Lane are communicating regularly with Florida State, and four-stars Travis Rudolph and Josh Malone are as well. Rudolph is especially likely to attend Florida State based on recent chatter. If FSU lands more than one of the above players, a currently committed recruit could head elsewhere to seek more playing time.

Florida State has landed a five-star cornerback in three of Jimbo Fisher's four recruiting classes as head coach of Florida State (Lamarcus Joyner, Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey). FSU will again try to do that in 2014, with Marlon Humphrey, Adoree' Jackson, Tony Brown and Arrion Springs. While Florida State might not be considered the outright favorite for any of the four, that it is being considered by all four bodes well for the Seminoles. Four-star cornerback Kendarius Webster, of Georgia, is also considering FSU.

National title classes have more four/five-stars than three stars, and that is the standard Florida State will once again try to achieve.

Miami game huge for recruiting

Saturday's game against the Miami Hurricanes, and for multiple reasons. Not only will the Seminoles be hosting a ton of top visitors, but many of them are from Miami's backyard. Florida State has won six of eight against Miami, and this is a big recruiting game for both teams. Miami needs to show that it can play with Florida State. A non-blowout win by Florida State probably would not hurt the Hurricanes in recruiting.

This is the biggest home game of 2013 for the Seminoles. Here are some of the top players visiting. This list will be updated over the next 48 hours as recruits respond or change plans. Keep in mind that recruits frequently change their visit plans, and many players not listed will tag along for the weekend.

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