TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State football team and head coach Jimbo Fisher welcomed seven early enrollees to campus this week as the first members of the 2017 recruiting class. Cam Akers (Clinton, Miss./Clinton), Cyrus Fagan (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), Bailey Hockman (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern), Joshua Kaindoh (Baltimore, Md./IMG Academy [Fla.]), Tre’ McKitty (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy), Stanford Samuels III (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Flanagan) and Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Ga./Northwest Mississippi Community College) have arrived in Tallahassee and are enrolled in classes.
“We are very excited to have these outstanding young men join our program and enroll early with us for the spring semester,” Fisher said. “Each of these players has a bright future ahead at Florida State both on and off the field. Being able to enroll early is a huge benefit for these young men as they will be able to get a jump start adjusting to academics and college life in addition to athletics. This group can help move this team forward and continue to build on our championship-winning legacy. I’m looking forward to each of these players making contributions to our program this spring.”
The group includes three players invited to the Under Armour All-America Game, one US Army All-American Game player and five players rated either a four- or five-star prospect.
Florida State’s 2017 Early Enrollees:
RB, 5-11, 213
Clinton HS, Clinton, MS
One of the most sought-after players in the nation in the 2017 class, the five-star Akers ranks as the No. 4 player nationally and the No. 2 running back as part of 247Sports Composite…ranked No. 3 nationally and the top running back by 247Sports, No. 4 overall and No. 2 running back by Scout, No. 8 nationally and No. 2 running back by Rivals, and No. 24 in the ESPN300 and the No. 2 running back…participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and The Opening…was awarded the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award as the nation’s most outstanding high school senior football player…ran for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Army All-American game and was named player of the game…graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss., and led Clinton to the Class 6A state championship in 2016…according to MaxPreps, finished his four-year varsity career with 8,140 passing yards and 78 touchdowns, including 31 as a senior in 2016…on the ground, had 5,103 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns, with 34 touchdowns and 2,105 rushing yards as a senior…2016 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year…named to 2016 ALL-USA Today first team offense as a quarterback…chose Florida State over Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.
S, 6-2, 180
Mainland HS, Daytona Beach, FL
A four-star free safety in the 247Sports Composite and consensus top-15 safety in the country…Fagan is the 71st-best player and ninth-best safety in the 2017 class…ranks No. 116 and No. 13 safety by 247, the No. 123 player and No. 11 safety by Scout, No. 74 player and No. 9 safety by Rivals, and No. 59 in the ESPN300 and the No. 5 safety…originally committed to Florida State in February 2016…invited to the Under Armour All-American Game…recorded one tackle and a pass breakup in the Under Armour All-American Game…attended the same Daytona Beach high school, Mainland, as current FSU defensive back A.J. Westbrook…helped lead Mainland to the Class 6A Regional Finals in 2016…chose Florida State over Alabama, Auburn, and Florida, among others.
QB, 6-2, 187
McEachern HS, Powder Springs, GA
An Acworth, Ga., native, Hockman is a four-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite rankings…ranked No. 186 in the ESPN300 and is a consensus Top 15 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class…according to MaxPreps, finished his senior season with 25 touchdown passes and 2,604 yards…led McEachern to the GHSA 7A state semifinals as a senior…committed to FSU in April 2016…chose Florida State over offers from North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia, among others.
DE, 6-6, 250
IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL (Baltimore, MD)
One of the top defensive line prospects in the 2017 class, Kaindoh is ranked five-star talent by 247Sports and Rivals…ranked the top defensive end and 16th overall player in the nation by Rivals…247 ranks him No. 22 nationally and the No. 3 weak-side defensive lineman and the No. 3 player in the state of Florida…ranks No. 53 overall and No. 6 at his position by Scout and No. 16 on the ESPN300…a long, powerful athlete who already has the frame to compete at the college level…participated in The Opening and the Under Armour All-American Game…led all players on team Highlight with 6 tackles as well as a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry…named to the All-USA Today first team defense after a 41-tackle, 7.5 sack senior season…originally from Maryland, spent his final season at IMG Academy in Bradenton in 2016…joins IMG teammate Tre’ McKitty in the 2017 signing class heading to the FSU…chose Florida State over Maryland, Penn State, Georgia, and Alabama, amongst others.
TE, 6-4, 235
IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL
A three-star tight end on the 247 Sports Composite rankings, McKitty is the No. 18 tight end prospect in the 2017 class…a high school teammate of fellow incoming freshman Joshua Kaindoh, ranks No. 251 on the ESPN300 and is the No. 6 tight end…caught 25 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns for IMG Academy in Bradenton in 2016, helping lead the Ascenders to a perfect 11-0 record…named to the 2016 All-USA Today Florida first team…chose Florida State over offers from Oregon, Auburn, Florida, and Miami, among others.
Stanford Samuels III
CB, 6-2, 170
Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, FL
Consensus top five cornerback prospect in the nation… rated a five star, No. 10 nationally and No. 2 cornerback by Scout…ranks No. 37 overall and No. 5 corner by 247, No. 42 overall and No. 5 cornerback by Rivals, , and No. 31 on the ESPN300…invited to the Under Armour All-American Game and The Opening…the 2016 All-Broward Defensive Player of the Year from the Sun-Sentinel… named to the 2016 All-USA Today Florida first team…a Seminole legacy, his father, Stanford Samuels Jr., played at FSU from 1999-2003 and coaches at Flanagan…led Flanagan to a state championship as a junior in 2015, sealing the victory with a pick-six…chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Michigan, and Georgia, among others.
LB, 6-3, 228
Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, MS
Central Gwinnett HS, Lawrenceville, GA
No. 24 JUCO player and No. 2 inside linebacker in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite…ranked No. 43 on the ESPN JC50, ranking the nation’s top junior college players…for Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2016, recorded 73 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception…coming out of high school, ranked No. 170 overall in the 247Sports Composite…will enter Florida State as a redshirt sophomore after choosing Alabama over FSU coming out of Central Gwinnett High in 2015…was selected to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll with the Crimson Tide…selected to play in the 2015 Under Armour All-American Game…chose Florida State over offers from Kentucky and Ole Miss, among others.