TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State football added 15 recruits to the seven already on campus during National Signing Day Wednesday, and in the process secured the eighth Top 10 recruiting class and the sixth Top 5 class in eight seasons under head coach Jimbo Fisher.
With the signing of defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (No. 2), running back Cam Akers (No. 3) and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh (No. 5), it is the first time in Rivals recruiting history that a school has secured three of the top five prospects in a single signing class.
The Seminoles also signed the nation’s top running back class with Akers, Khalan Laborn and Zaquandre White. Akers is the nation’s top running back, while Laborn and White are also consensus four-star backs.
Including the three premier running backs, 13 players are listed in the ESPN 300, with seven among the top 100 players in the country. Twelve players are rated as a four- or five-star prospect, with Akers and Kaindoh already enrolled in classes. Five players – Kaindoh, Laborn, Wilson, Cyrus Fagan and Stanford Samuels) – were Under Armour All-Americans, and four more – Akers, D.J. Matthews, Hamsah Nasirildeen and Ja’len Parks – were U.S. Army All-Americans.
The Seminoles nabbed three pairs of high school teammates – Kaindoh and Tre’ McKitty from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.; Cory Durden and Parks from Newberry in Newberry, Fla.; and Tamorrion Terry and Ontaria Wilson from Turner County in Ashburn, Ga. In total, players from nine different states signed with Florida State in 2017.
This year’s class is the eighth under Fisher, and Florida State has finished ranked in the ESPN Top 10 each year, including No. 1 classes in 2011 and 2016.
EARLY ENROLLEES BIOS
(all early enrollees listed in alphabetical order)
RB, 5-11, 210
Clinton, Miss. / Clinton High School
One of the most sought-after players in the nation and the country’s top running back recruit in the 2017 class…the five-star Akers rankd as the No. 2 player nationally and the No. 1 running back as part of 247Sports Composite…ranked No. 7 nationally and the top running back by 247Sports and No. 9 in the ESPN300 and the No. 1 running back…rated the No. 3 prospect in the nation by both Rivals and Scout…participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Nike’s 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 Bowl and was named player of the game…graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss., and led the Arrows to the Class 6A state championship in 2016 – Clinton’s first-ever state title in football…finished his four-year varsity career by passing for 8,140 yards and 78 touchdowns, while rushing for 5,103 yards and 71 scores…passed for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns at a 61.8 completion rate with just six interceptions as a senior to go along with 2,105 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground…led Mississippi with 65 total touchdowns and ranked second in total yards (5,233)…named Mississippi’s Mr. Football for Class 6A and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016…named to the 2016 All-USA Today first team offense as a quarterback…two-time all-state selection in 2015 and 2016…passed for 2,331 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,418 yards and 16 scores in 2015…registered 2,596 total yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014…became the Arrows’ starting quarterback as a freshman in 2013 and accounted for 1,565 total yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games…chose Florida State over Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia among several others.
S, 6-2, 182
Daytona Beach, Fla. / Mainland High School
A consensus four-star safety and Top 100 national prospect who played in the Under Armour All-America Game…rated the nation’s sixth-best safety and No. 76 overall recruit by ESPN…ranked the 10th-best safety and No. 81 overall prospect by Rivals…rated the No. 12 safety and No. 96 player overall in the 247Sports Composite…recorded one tackle and a pass breakup in the Under Armour Game…led Mainland to the Class 6A Regional Finals in 2016…ranked the No. 1 player in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Central Florida Super60…consensus Top 20 player in Florida, including the 15th-best prospect in the Sunshine State by Rivals and No. 13 by the Sentinel…led Mainland to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Region 4-6A final in 2016…totaled 10 pass breakups and two interceptions, including a 102-yard pick-six, as a senior…collected Class 6A First Team All-State honors for a second consecutive season…was a three-time All-Area selection…had five interceptions as a sophomore in 2014 and 64 tackles as a junior in 2015…attended the same Daytona Beach high school, Mainland, as current FSU defensive back A.J. Westbrook… originally committed to Florida State in February 2016…chose Florida State over Alabama, Auburn, and Florida, among others.
QB, 6-3, 206
Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern High School
Consensus four-star quarterback prospect who set the Cobb County career records for passing yards (9.440) and touchdown passes (95)…rated the No. 11 pro-style passer in the country by ESPN, No. 13 in the 247Sports Composite, No. 14 by Scout and No. 15 by Rivals…ranked a Top 50 prospect in the talent-rich state of Georgia by the 247Sports Composite (No. 31), ESPN (No. 21) and Rivals (No. 44)…finished his senior season with 25 touchdown passes and 2,604 yards, while leading McEachern to an 11-2 record and a berth in the Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals…grabbed Cobb County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year honors and was named Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAAAA Honorable Mention All-State…became McEachern’s starting quarterback at the end of his freshman season and led the Indians to the state semifinals…passed for 3,597 yards and 42 touchdowns as a sophomore and added 2,118 yards and 17 scores as a junior…committed to FSU in April 2016…chose Florida State over several schools, including North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
DE, 6-6, 240
Baltimore, Md. / IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Consensus five-star talent and Under Armour All-American who ranked as the nation’s fifth-best prospect by Rivals and No. 9 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite…rated the No. 1 weakside defensive end prospect and No. 2 player in Florida by Rivals…rated the No. 1 defensive end recruit and No. 13 player overall by ESPN…ranked the No. 3 defensive end and No. 20 player overall by Scout…ranked the No. 20 player in the nation, No. 3 player in Florida and No. 4 weakside defensive end by 247Sports…a long, powerful athlete who already has the frame to compete at the college level…participated in Nike’s The Opening…led all players on Team Highlight with six tackles as well as a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in the Under Armour Game…named to the All-USA Today First Team defense after a 41-tackle, 7.5-sack senior season…originally from Baltimore, Md., he played his first two seasons at Our Lady of Mount Carmel before spending his final two seasons at IMG Academy in Bradenton…joins IMG teammate Tre’ McKitty as an early enrollee in the 2017 signing class at FSU…chose Florida State over Maryland, Penn State, Georgia, and Alabama, among several others.
TE, 6-5, 230
Wesley Chapel, Fla. / IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
One of the top tight end recruits in the country who starred at national powerhouse IMG Academy…ranked the top tight end in Florida, No. 5 tight end in the country and a four-star recruit by ESPN…No. 18 tight end prospect in the 247Sports Composite…also ranked among the nation’s top tight ends by Rivals (No. 18) and Scout (No. 17)…rated the 33rd-best recruit in Florida by ESPN…high school teammate of fellow early enrollee Joshua Kaindoh…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…ESPN said McKitty “possesses a massive frame and great length” and is an “excellent, relentless blocker in the run game”…attended Nike’s The Opening…previously attended Tampa Catholic and Wesley Chapel high schools…chose Florida State over offers from Oregon, Auburn, Florida, and Miami, among others.
Stanford Samuels III
CB, 6-2, 175
Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan High School
One of the nation’s top cornerback prospects and an Under Armour All-American…rated a five-star prospect, No. 18 nationally and the No. 4 cornerback by Scout…grabbed a four-star rating from 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN…ranked the No. 4 cornerback, No. 6 player in Florida and No. 38 player overall by the 247Sports Composite…rated the fifth-best at his position by Rivals in addition to being named the No. 12 recruit in Florida and No. 56 overall prospect by the recruiting service…ranked the nation’s No. 7 cornerback, No. 11 Florida prospect and No. 51 player in the country by ESPN…invited to Nike’s 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 and All-State Class 8A First Team…led Flanagan to a state championship as a junior in 2015, sealing the victory with a pick-six…a Seminole legacy, his father, Stanford Samuels Jr., played at FSU from 1999-2003 and is the head coach at Flanagan…chose Florida State over offers from Alabama, Michigan, and Georgia, among others.
LB, 6-4, 228
Northwest Mississippi Community College (Senatobia, Miss.)
Atlanta, Ga. / Central Gwinnett High School
Rated the No. 25 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 at Central Gwinnett High School…recorded 124 tackles as a high school senior in 2014, leading Central Gwinnett to the state playoffs and earning All-State First Team honors…redshirted at Alabama in 2015 and 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 Penn State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Ole Miss, among others.
SIGNEE BIOS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
(all signees listed in alphabetical order)
QB, 6-5, 185
Belle Glade, Fla. / Glades Central High School
Possesses a big arm and great size while showcasing his playmaking ability as the quarterback at Glade Central High School…captured a four-star rating from Rivals and 247Sports, while being tabbed a three-start recruit by ESPN and Scout…rated the nation’s No. 7 pro style quarterback and No. 29 overall player in Florida by 247Sports, while making the recruiting service’s coveted Top247 prospect list…rated the nation’s No. 10 dual threat quarterback and No. 33 player in Florida by Rivals…ranked No. 220 in the Rivals300…ranked the nation’s No. 24 overall quarterback by ESPN and a top 100 player in the state of Florida…called a “pass-first quarterback that does a good job of keeping his eyes locked down the field” by Scout…ESPN says “Can play on the move, as a runner and within the pocket”…passed for 2,511 yards and 14 touchdowns at Glade Central in 2016, leading the Raiders to the Class 4A regional semifinals…ranked Florida’s No. 3 quarterback prospect by Scout and the No. 7 signal caller in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 prospect list…rated No. 5 on the Palm Beach Post’s Big Board of top area college prospects and was also a member of the Post’s Super 11 for the 2016 football season…collected Palm Beach Post All-Area First Team and Sun Sentinel All-Palm Beach County First Team accolades in 2016, as well as Class 4A honorable mention All-State honors in 2015 and 2016…tossed for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior…has same alma mater as 2014 Carolina Panthers first round pick Kelvin Benjamin, the former Seminole star wide receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown in the 2013 BCS National Championship…committed to FSU in August 2016…chose the Noles over offers from Louisville, Miami and West Virginia among others.
LB, 6-0, 195
Tampa, Fla. / Gaither High School
Consensus three-star prospect and Top 50 linebacker recruit who starred at Gaither High School in Tampa…named the nation’s No. 47 inside linebacker prospect in Florida by 247Sports…rated the No. 7 inside linebacker prospect in Florida and No. 52 South ILB by Scout…ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 linebacker recruits by ESPN…versatile prospect who has the rare blend of speed, strength, explosiveness and instincts that could propel him to excel at linebacker or safety…said to have “a natural nose for the football” by ESPN…ranked No. 33 on the Tampa Bay Times Hometown 100 of top area high school players…member of the All-Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay Times’ All-Tampa Bay first team defense as a linebacker after racking up 105 tackles, six sacks and one interception as a senior at Gaither this fall…had 114 tackles, five sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior…tallied 104 tackles as a sophomore…snagged second team All-Hillsborough County honors and honorable mention All-Tampa Bay as a junior…was a three-year starter for the Cowboys, averaging 10.8 tackles per game for his prep career…committed to Florida State in August 2016…selected the Seminoles over offers from Louisville, USF and Illinois among others…his father, Derrick Brooks, a two-time consensus All-American linebacker at Florida State in 1993 and 1994, has his jersey, No. 10, retired at FSU and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame and Florida State Hall of Fame.
DT, 6-5, 320
Newberry, Fla. / Newberry
Holds a four-star rating from Scout and is one of the nation’s top defensive tackle prospects…ranked a three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN…ranked the No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout and Florida’s No. 2 recruit at his position…ranked the nation’s No. 22 defensive tackle recruit by Rivals…rated the No. 24 defensive tackle prospect in the 247Sports Composite…grabbed All-Southeast Region honors from PrepStar…according to Scout, has “a big body and can eat up space, push the pocket back and make plays”…participated in Nike’s The Opening…ranked fourth on the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 recruits list, sandwiched between teammate and fellow FSU commit Ja’len Parks and early enrollee at FSU Stanford Samuels III…helped lead Newberry to an 8-2 record and an appearance in the Class 1A regional semifinals in 2016…totaled 52 tackles, including 41 solo and 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, one blocked field goal, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles en route to Florida Class 1A All-State First Team honors….also had 22 receptions for 229 yards and three touchdowns as a tight end on offense…named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s District 7 Player of the Year…committed to FSU in February 2016…signed with Florida State over offers from Florida, Oklahoma, and Miami, among others.
RB, 5-10, 199
Ocean Lakes, Va. / Bishop Sullivan Catholic
Consensus five-star prospect who is ranked the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back by the 247Sports Composite and Rivals…named MVP for Team Highlight after rushing for 77 yards on eight carries, including a 21-yard score, in the Under Armour All-American Game…ranked the No. 1 player in Virginia by Rivals, Scout and ESPN, and No. 2 by 247Sports…ranked No. 36 overall and the fourth-ranked running back by ESPN…rated the nation’s 23rd-best recruit by Rivals…ranked No. 44 overall and No. 5 running back by Scout…four-star recruit and No. 61 player on the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar…two-time All-American rushed for 1,969 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2016, while leading Bishop Sullivan to a 7-3 mark…two-time All-Tidewater first-team pick recorded 4,174 yards his last two seasons…also attended Ocean Lakes High School and Cox…named to the U19 Team USA National Team for the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl)…comes to Florida State from the same high school as defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and defensive back Levonta Taylor (Ocean Lakes)…committed to Florida State in July 2016 at The Opening over offers from Alabama, Miami, and Tennessee, among others.
DE, 6-6, 248
North Augusta, S.C. / North Augusta High School
One of South Carolina’s top overall prospects and a four-star defensive end recruit, according to ESPN…grabbed a three-star rating from Rivals, Scout and 247Sports…gets off the ball quick and is effective against the run and pass…rated the sixth-best player in South Carolina and the nation’s No. 32 defensive end prospect by ESPN…ranked the No. 11 recruit in South Carolina and the No. 29 strong side defensive end by 247Sports…was the 2016 Aiken Standard Defensive Player of the Year…recorded five tackles in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game in December 2016…recorded 88.5 tackles and 22 TFLs along with 8.5 sacks during his senior season at North Augusta High School…also had one 30-yard pick-six…was the Region 4-AAA Defensive Player of the Year and the North Augusta Star Player of the Year…earned an invitation to the Border Bowl…chose FSU over Tennessee, Louisville, USC, Ole Miss, and South Carolina, among several others.
TE, 6-7, 240
Andover, Mass. / Bridgton Academy (Bridgton, Maine)
Four-star tight end prospect who is ranked as the consensus top recruit in Maine…rated the No. 12 tight end in the country by ESPN and the No. 19 tight end by both the 247Sports Composite and Scout…collected All-East Region honors by PrepStar…the former North Carolina lacrosse commit “knows how to use his impressive frame to shield off defenders and locates the ball quickly,” according to Scout…made his official visit to Florida State in November…named to the 2017 U19 Team USA National Team for the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl)…played for Andover (Mass.) High School and Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. before spending his post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine…caught 22 passes for 351 yards at Andover in 2014 and tallied 471 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2015 in Proctor Academy’s run-first offense…committed to Florida State in June 2016 over offers from some of the best teams in the country, including Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, and others.
WR, 5-11, 160
Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian
A consensus four-star wide receiver prospect from Jacksonville who is explosive with the ball in his hands…had arguably the most impressive play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, a 76-yard touchdown reception in which he sprinted at least 50 yards after making the catch…led Trinity Christian to a fourth consecutive Class 3A state championship in 2016, starring at quarterback and wide receiver…ranked among the nation’s Top 10 wide receivers by Rivals (No. 5), 247Sports (No. 6), ESPN (No. 7) and in the 247Sports Composite (No. 8)…rated the No. 9 player in Florida and No. 36 overall player by Rivals…ranked the No. 12 player in the Sunshine State and the No. 53 overall recruit by ESPN…ranked the No. 7 Florida recruit and No. 42 player in the nation by 247Sports…participated in Nike’s The Opening…entered his senior year having already totaled 136 receptions for 2,253 yards and 26 TDs before seeing significant action at quarterback in 2016…finished his senior season by accounting for 1,487 yards rushing, receiving and passing to go along with 19 total touchdowns…led Trinity Christian to an 11-3 mark in 2016…named to the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11… called “one of the premier guys in the class” by top recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of Prep Football Magazine…one of the original members of the 2017 class committed to the Seminoles back in July 2014…according to ESPN, Matthews “possesses excellent foot quickness and is a bit of a nightmare to handle in space”…chose Florida State over Alabama, Clemson, Florida and others.
DB, 6-4, 210
Concord, N.C. / Concord High School
Consensus four-star prospect and No. 1 recruit in North Carolina who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…versatile prospect who can play safety, linebacker, tight end or wide receiver…rated the nation’s eighth-best safety and No. 63 overall prospect by Rivals…ranked the sixth-best outside linebacker and No. 96 recruit in the nation by 247Sports…didn’t start playing defense until his junior year…recorded 108 tackles and three interceptions to go along with 45 catches for 751 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season…as a junior, had 85 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass break-ups, and 35 receptions for 634 yards playing receiver…received all-conference honors as a junior and a senior…a hard hitter, who often lined up at linebacker in high school, but also displayed elite coverage skills…ESPN said “he is blessed with ideal measurables and versatility”…was named 2016 Associated Press First Team All-State and captured 2016 All-USA North Carolina First Team honors…came away with four tackles in in the U.S. Army All-American Game, helping lead the East Team to victory…also a standout prep hoops player…committed to Florida State in January 2017…chose the Seminoles over South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan and Penn State among several others.
DL, 6-4, 304
Newberry, Fla. / Newberry
Consensus four-star prospect and consensus top-15 defensive tackle who starred in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, helping lead Team East to victory with two tackles…ranked the No. 9 defensive tackle and No. 141 overall player by the 247Sports Composite…rated the No. 5 defensive tackle and No. 96 overall by Rivals…listed as the No. 10 defensive tackle and No. 183 in the nation by Scout…rated the No. 14 defensive tackle and No. 172 by ESPN…racked up over 130 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles in prep career…had 47 total tackles, including 32 solo stops and 14 TFLs, four sacks, one blocked field goal and two forced fumbles as a senior…grabbed Florida Class 1A All-State First Team honors in 2016 while helping lead Newberry to an 8-2 record and an appearance in the Class 1A regional semifinals…paired with fellow Seminole signee, defensive tackle Cory Durden, to form one of the most talented defensive line duos in the nation while at Newberry…committed to the Seminoles in July of 2014… chose Florida State over Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, among several others.
OL, 6-6, 285
Powder Springs, Ga. / Mount Paran Christian School
One of the top all-around athletes among prep football recruits in the country, having also garnered a three-star ranking for his talents in baseball…the consensus three-star football recruit ranked among the nation’s top 100 offensive tackle prospects as part of the 247Sports Composite…rated as one of Georgia’s Top 100 prospects and among the Top 15 offensive linemen in the Peach State…played his first two years at Hillgrove High School, before starring at Mount Paran Christian School for his junior and senior seasons, leading the Eagles to a 10-2 record and the quarterfinals of the Class A private school playoffs in 2016…nabbed Georgia Sportswriters Class A First Team All-State honors on the offensive line and All-Region 6-1A South accolades as a tight end in 2016…excelled at tackle and guard in high school, but also stood out as a tight end and defensive end for Mount Paran…named to the 2015 Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen…offered a scholarship at the Jimbo Fisher Camp in July 2016 and committed to the Seminoles that October…chose FSU over offers from Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, as well as a baseball scholarship from South Carolina.
WR, 6-4, 208
Ashburn, Ga. / Turner County High School
Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout after starring at Turner County High School…collected three stars from Rivals…rated the No. 21 recruit in Georgia and the No. 32 wide receiver by 247Sports…ranked the No. 36 player in Georgia and No. 43 wide receiver by ESPN…rated the fourth-best wide receiver in Georgia by Scout…named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class A public All-State First Team in 2015 and 2016 and First Team All-State by the Associated Press in 2015…also selected Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Second Team 2015…named In the Game Magazine Turner County Offensive Player of the Year and Region 2-A Player of the Year in 2016…is a big bodied receiver that can outmuscle defenders…ESPN said “he attacks the ball at its highest point and will extend in a crowd”…finished 2016 with 40 receptions for 1,187 yards and 19 touchdowns…helped lead Turner County to an 8-4 record and its first playoff win since 2008…committed to Florida State in January 2017…high school teammate of fellow 2017 signee Ontaria Wilson…chose the Seminoles over offers from Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Ole Miss among others.
LB, 6-4, 230
Snellville, Ga. / Brookwood High School
Consensus four-star linebacker out of Snellville, Ga….rated the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker recruit by ESPN, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 7 by 247Sports…ranked among the nation’s Top 200 prospects by the 247Sports Composite rankings, Rivals, Scout and ESPN…ranked the No. 16 player in Georgia by ESPN, No. 17 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 20 by Rivals…led Brookwood to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs in 2016…finished with 125 tackles and two interceptions while snagging Gwinnett Daily Post All-County First Team and Class AAAAAAA First Team All-State honors…had 110 tackles as a junior to also grab all-county accolades…participated in Nike’s The Opening, where his SPARQ rating ranked as the fifth-best among linebackers…chose Florida State over Georgia, Stanford and Georgia Tech among several other offers.
RB, 6-0, 210
North Fort Myers, Fla. / North Ft. Myers
A consensus four-star and the top running back recruit in Florida…rated the nation’s No. 7 running back recruit, the No. 26 player in Florida and the No. 141 overall prospect by the 247Sports Composite…also ranked among the nation’s Top 150 players and Top 15 running backs by ESPN and Scout…ranked the No. 15 running back and No. 39 prospect in Florida by Rivals…ranked No. 1 on the News-Press and Naples Daily News’ Big 15 list…scored four touchdowns and was the North MVP in December’s Rotary South All-Star Classic in Fort Myers…participated in Nike’s The Opening in 2016, recording a 4.51 40-yard dash time…also ran track at North Fort Myers…rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in two years despite playing only 14 games…had five-game stretch where he rushed for an incredible 956 yards, including a 372-yard, five-touchdown game against Cape Coral…played under former NFL running back Earnest Graham at North Fort Myers High School…initially committed to Florida State in February 2015…chose Florida State over offers from Louisville, Miami, and Tennessee, among others.
DT, 6-4, 329
Houston, Texas / Episcopal
Consensus five-star and the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle prospect as well as the top recruit in talent-rich Texas…helped lead Team Armour to a 24-21 victory in the Under Armour All-American Game…racked up 71 tackles for loss and 42 sacks in his high school career…registered 19 TFL and 9 sacks as a senior at Episcopal…rated the No. 1 overall player in the Houston Chronicle Hot 100…ranked the No. 1 DT and No. 2 overall player in the nation by Rivals…rated the No. 4 overall player in the ESPN300 and the No. 10 player in the country by Scout…the No. 6 overall prospect according to the 247Sports Composite…member of the All-USA Today first team defense…Nike says “Wilson has prototypical size, excellent strength and sneaky athleticism” and “he dominates his current level of competition and has the potential to duplicate that production at the next level”…Rivals Challenge and Nike’s The Opening participant…chose FSU on National Signing Day over LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama, among several scholarship offers.
DB, 6-1, 175
Ashburn, Ga. / Turner County High School
Consensus three-star cornerback who scored an impressive seven non-offensive touchdowns at Turner County High School as a senior…collected Class A Public All-State First Team honors from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Second Team accolades from the Georgia Sports Writers Association…named In the Game Magazine Turner County Defensive Player of the Year…listed as a Region 2-A Defensive Player of the Year and Region 2-A All-Region First Team honoree as a wide receiver…snagged Region 2-A All-Academic Team mention…standout in all three phases at Turner County, starring at cornerback, wide receiver and as a kick returner…had four interceptions, including three he returned for a touchdown, and finished with 648 yards and six scores receiving…added three punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return score…had a 103-yard pick six return to spark Turner County to a 41-6 victory in first round of the Georgia High School Association Class A public school playoffs…Turner County finished 8-4 and won its first playoff game since 2008… committed to FSU in January…chose the Seminoles after receiving interest from several SEC schools such as Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia.