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FSU Commits See Boost in ESPN Rankings

Mike Olivella/FSU athletics

ESPN released its updated ESPN300 recruiting rankings on Monday morning, with multiple Florida State commits receiving a ratings boost. Some of the notable ones for FSU recruiting include:

  • Guard Dontae Lucas rose from No. 159 overall to No. 113.
  • Quarterback Sam Howell saw a meteoric rise from No. 289 to all the way to No. 120.
  • Defensive back Travis Jay broke into the ESPN300 at No. 161 after being just a 3-star in the previous rankings.
  • Cornerback Renardo Green was another newcomer at No. 278.

The other six commits of the class dropped in the rankings. Akeem Dent and Jaleel McRae both dropped more than 20 spots, but remained in the top 100. Defensive end Mike Morris Jr. dropped nearly 100 spots to No. 260 overall.

Defensive end Quashon Fuller had a light drop from No. 267 to No. 286. Wide receiver Maurice Goolsby and defensive tackle Tru Thompson dropped out of the ESPN300 entirely.

In general ESPN is the least “trusted” of the three major recruiting services, but it still put forth enough resources to matter in the recruiting world. 247Sports and Rivals are the primary sources.

Overall, the movement is not too surprising. Travis Jay was due for a huge ratings bump, just as much as Mike Morris Jr. was bound to move down in the rankings. The only real shocker was Akeem Dent moving down over 20 spots.

He was already underrated by ESPN, so getting put at 80th overall is simply not where he deserves to be. Based on recent recruiting murmurs, defensive ends Fuller and Morris are the two most likely candidates to leave the class.

Still, FSU recruiting is in a good position by all accounts. The ESPN rankings have nine 4-stars and one 3-star in the Seminoles’ class, which is advantageous position to start from heading into the summer months. From our count, it appears that FSU is also a major player for at least 10 other ESPN300 recruits in the current list.

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