TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State indoor volleyball’s 2017 recruiting class earned national praise on Thursday by Prepvolleyball.com, being named the eighth-best class in the country.
“Recruiting runs in cycles,” FSU head coach Chris Poole said. “This 2017 class has a lot of physical potential, both in size and athleticism.
We will need some of these freshmen to be on the court and ready to compete this year after graduating our seniors from 2016.”
The site discusses how the third-ranked class in 2012 helped the Seminoles to major success over the last four seasons. Florida State will welcome five highly touted athletes from five different states in 2017, including four that ranked inside the top 100 in the “Senior Aces.” It also says how this class could top 2012 due to size and athleticism.
Mariah Brim / 6-6 / Right Side
(Aquinas High School; Overland Park, Kansas)
Brim, at 6-6, will provide the Seminoles depth at the right side position after winning two varsity letters at Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas. She capped off her varsity career with 349 kills (1.75 kills/set) and 136 total blocks (79 solo blocks) in 199 sets.
Adrian Ell / 6-2 / Setter
(Archbishop McNicholas High School; Cincinnati, Ohio)
Ell was recognized as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Third Team High School All-American after finishing her senior campaign with 268 assists (3.08 assists/set), 257 digs (2.95 digs/set), 205 kills (2.36 kills/set), 61 total blocks (16 solo) and 50 service aces (0.60 service aces/set). She is listed as the No. 64 in the Senior Aces.
Tiana Jackson / 6-2 / Middle Blocker
(Fort Zumwalt North High School; O’Fallon, Missouri)
Ranked as the No. 87 Senior Ace by prepvolleyball.com for the class of 2017, Jackson earned First Team All-Conference in 2016 for the Gateway Athletic Conference. That award was preceded by First Team All-Tournament honors at the 2016 Presidents Day Tournament and tournament MVP recognition at the 2016 Alton Tournament while competing on the Club Volleyball circuit for Team Momentum. Jackson graduated early and was in spring training with the Seminoles in 2017.
Taryn Knuth / 6-3 / Middle Blocker
(Johnston High School; Johnston, Iowa)
Knuth, the ninth-ranked senior ace by prepvolleyball.com and an AVCA First Team High School All-American honoree in 2016, is a four-year varsity letter winner from Johnston, Iowa. The three-time state qualifier and starting middle blocker for the USA Junior National Team ended her prep career with 927 kills (2.51 kills/set), 516 digs (1.40 digs/set), 308 blocks (187 assisted blocks) and 97 aces.
Deja Williams / 6-2 / Middle Blocker
(Peachtree Ridge High School; Suwanee, Georgia)
Williams, who was a member of the US Women’s Junior National Training Team, was twice named to the All-Gwinnett County Second Team (2013, 2015) and First Team (2014) during her career. She ranked 45th by prepvolleyball.com.
“This group is very committed on the court and in the classroom,” Poole said. “I’m most excited that they are just really great young ladies and I know they will represent Florida State in a way that will make us proud. We worked hard on this class and we’re honored to be recognized nationally in the top 10.”
The Seminoles return eight players to the lineup for 2017 including AVCA All-American honorable mention senior right side hitter Milica Kubura. She was also a First Team All-ACC selection in 2016.
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