What work remains for Seminoles, Hurricanes toward 2020 recruiting class

What work remains for Seminoles, Hurricanes toward 2020 recruiting class

With the early signing period in the books teams have now had a chance to take a deep breath, play their bowl games and now look to finish off the recruiting season with signing day in February.

A lot of the hard work is out of the way for both Florida State and Miami and both programs are putting the finishing touches on classes that they hope will be ranked in the top 20 when all is said and done.

Here is a look at where both the Seminoles and Hurricanes sit with a month to go before national signing day in February.


What happened during the early signing period: Give head coach Mike Norvell credit, he was on the job for 10 days prior to the early signing period and was still able to salvage this class and despite a couple commitments flipping.

Florida State received 17 letters-of-intent in December including that of four-star cornerback Demorie Tate from Orlando, four-star wide receiver Bryan Robinson from Palm Beach and four-star quarterback Chubba Purdy from Gilbert, AZ. who flipped his commitment from Louisville.

Work left to do: Florida State did well with skill positions in December, but there is no question the Seminoles would like to add some beef along the defensive line and some depth at linebacker come February.

Targets to watch: Four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman from Sarasota was the only committed Florida State prospect in the 2020 class to not sign in December. He would be a huge pickup for Florida State and he visited Tallahassee back in December after Mike Norvell was hired. The Seminoles would love to be able to hold on to Wideman.

Three-star athlete Corey Wren from New Orleans and three-star offensive lineman Jalen St. John from Saint Louis are also prospects for Florida State fans to watch as the February signing day approaches.


What happened during the early signing period: Despite a disappointing season for head coach Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes, the recruiting trail has been productive. Miami added 18 letters-of-intent in December including those of four-star tailback Don Chaney Jr. from Miami, four-star defensive end Chantz Williams and four-star offensive lineman Jalen Rivers from Oakleaf High School in Clay County, and four-star tailback Jaylan Knighton from Deerfield Beach.

Work left to do: Miami to this point has signed only two offensive linemen to this 2020 class, so another offensive linemen or two would help solidify the line of scrimmage. Also, only two linebackers have been signed so far, so the Canes could be looking for depth there as well.

Targets to watch: Four-star safety Aventae Williams from Deland appears to be a battle between Florida and Miami. It is worth noting that Williams cousin, Lorenzo Lingard, who was a five-star tailback prospect in 2018, recently transferred from Miami to Florida.

Four-star defensive end Demon Clowney from Baltimore and four-star defensive tackle Westley Neal are other prospects that Miami fans need to monitor as national signing day in February approaches.

Commitments that have yet to sign: Four-star defensive tackle Willie Moise is the only Hurricane commitment that did not sign back in December. Moise visited Auburn in December, but he has two visits scheduled with Miami prior to national signing day in February.

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