The 2018 Florida State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Florida State Recruiting Class Overview
Who says a new coaching staff needs time to work a new recruiting class?
Willie Taggart was brought in to FSU as an elite recruiter, and he didn’t waste any time as he cranked it up fast, doing as strong a job of any coach in college football between the Early Signing Day and February.
FSU was already solid with a good group of defensive backs signed on in December, but the receiving corps talent was cranked up after New Year’s Day, and a few offensive linemen committed to be a part of the depth.
There isn’t much for the pass rush, but Dennis Briggs will be a terror in a few years on the outside, and the two linebackers brought in – Xavier Peters out of Ohio and keeping Amari Gainer at home – were great. It’ll be a good haul for the D as the next few years go on, mainly because …
The Florida State Class Is Heavy On …
Getting Asante Samuel was terrific – now he has to play up to his father’s name. AJ Lytton is an excellent cornerback get out of Maryland – getting him away Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and a slew of ACC teams – and 6-3 corner Isaiah Bolden from Tampa away from Florida, Miami, Georgia and Michigan was great. But …
The Star of the Florida State Class Is …
S Jaiden Woodbey, 6-2, 205
An interesting signing out of Los Angeles, Woodbey has NFL prototype safety size who can bring the thump against the run, and he’s got the range to be a machine when the ball is in the air.
USC, UCLA, other top Pac-12 schools and Oklahoma were all right there, but he was a locked-down commitment to Ohio State – until he wasn’t.
He flipped over to Florida State after Taggart took over the job, and now he looks like he’ll be the next great NFL defensive back coming from the Seminoles. He might be needed early on, because …
The Florida State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Detwin James, Trey Marshall, and Nate Andrews are all gone, and now FSU needs the new wave of safeties to step up and produce. With corner Tarvarus McFadden done, too, the Seminoles have a lot of work to do.
In all – throwing in a few linebackers and key parts of the D line – six of the top seven and seven of the top ten tacklers from last year are gone.
Again, the defensive backs being brought in are tremendous, and there are more talents waiting in the wings, but there’s going to be a dip in production.