There are numerous recruiting services and plenty of good players to look at in the Class of 2019. My goal is “simplicity” and with that in mind I’ve put together the “Big Game 36.” The list will be fluid and updated, but for now, here are 36 prospects FSU fans should watch when thinking about the Noles’ 2019 recruiting class, starting with players on offense.
If FSU lands 25 of these guys, it’s a top-five class, easy.
Things change so this current list is a combination of what I feel FSU needs, the players I’ve heard they are after, and, frankly, guys I think are “war daddies and bad asses” from my knowledge as a former player and developer of talent.
Much of my list remains need-based, but I have added prospects like Sean Dollars based on information received and me simply liking their film.
You may notice prominent recruits left off my list. Players like Sean Lee, Jerimiah Payton, Keon Zipperer and Jayden Davis will probably be on and off throughout the year as the class starts taking more shape. The list isn’t about who’s good or not, but who I feel best fits.
I’m not big on the overall rankings as I don’t judge coaches or teams based on that and honestly, I don’t know what all goes in those rankings – I just know these guys can play.
Here are the offensive players from my “Big Game 36.”
Taisun Phommachanh. Even with the commitment of Sam Howell, I still believe this is the top QB target for FSU’s class. Many continue to think he’s a Nole. He had a great showing at the Elite 11 camp in New Jersey.
Jayden Daniels. In an interview with 247 Sports, he said FSU is the only official he knows he’s taking, he’s just not sure on date.
Sam Howell. FSU’s most recent commit and the Taggart Era’s first QB. Elite 11 finalist invite. My QB guru and radio partner Denny Thompson likes him.
I don’t see FSU taking three QBs in one class so I believe they’ll wrap up recruiting of this position after the next commitment hits which I expect will happen by the end of summer. There is pressure on these final two regarding who commits first.
Trey Sanders. The number one running back in the country is a very important target. He will end up at one of the state’s big three schools. Florida signing his brother out of junior college gives them the edge, but FSU having a deep backfield makes this position more luxury than need.
Peter Hayes-Patrick. Jacques Patrick’s little brother runs like his older brother. He may not be as big as Jacques, but he is a different type of running back. He’s more of a one-cut back who runs behind his pads and always falls forward. He seems to really want to be a Nole.
Sean Dollars. The nation’s No.1 all-purpose back has highlight film showing him going around, through and up over defenders on his way to the end zone. He can catch out of the backfield well and is a threat on special teams. I like how he runs strong at 185 pounds.
I can see FSU doing very well on the West Coast the next few years which speaks highly of Taggart and the brand.
Running back isn’t a huge position of need for FSU although you can never have too much talent at that position.
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