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June 5, 2013

Rivals 5-star Challenge: Ten FSU recruits to watch

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The best of the best will be at Soldier Field in Chicago this weekend for the Rivals Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour. The invitation only event features over a dozen Florida State targets, including five five-star prospects. Warchant.com will be there to report on all things FSU and we break down the targets expected at this weekend's camp.

FSU targets to Watch
Rivals Five-Star Challenge
DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross (Norcorss, Ga.)
National rank: No. 5
Position rank: No. 1 (Weakside)

Without a doubt the top defensive end on the board. His mother's favorite coach is FSU assistant Charles Kelly and Norcross HS teammate Myles Autry i also very high on the 'Noles. We feel FSU currently holds the lead, Alabama is the main competition and Georgia is also in the mix. FSU side feels good where they stand. This weekend will give us a good gauge of how consistently Carter fairs against elite offensive linemen.

DT Andrew Brown , Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
National Rank: No. 7 Position rank: No. 1

Brown is the top DT on the board. The 'Noles are in the mix and the one big factor in their favor is Odell Haggins' history of putting DT's in the NFL. That along with early playing time has Brown intrigued. He doesn't have a leader, but most close to him feel that Virginia is the biggest obstacle for FSU. He plans to visit in July. Seeing the field early and relationships are the key to his recruitment.

CB Adoree' Jackson, Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
National rank: No. 9
Position rank: No. 2 (Corner)

Jackson is high on Jeremy Pruitt's radar. Early in the process, hometown team USC held the edge, but keep in mind he has not taken many visits. A few weeks ago, he was spotted wearing FSU shorts at a camp. The Seminoles' track and field program has him intrigued, but Pruitt's success with developing DBs also plays a big role. He plans to visit FSU in mid-July. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against receivers like Malachi Dupre, Saeed Blacknall, Josh Malone, Speedy Noil and Ermon Lane.

OL Damian Prince, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.)
National rank: 10
Position rank: No. 2 (OT)

You have to believe FSU's top target overall at this event is Prince considering their need at OT position. FSU sits in solid position with Prince. Alabama is the main competition at this stage. He has many connections with coaches and currently players. He likes the opportunity to play early and those close to him say that Rick Trickett's style of coaching fits him well. It will be interesting to watch him go up against guys like Lorenzo Carter and Andrew Brown.

DB Marlon Humphrey, Hoover (Hoover, Ala.)
National rank: No. 11
Position rank: No. 3 (Corner)

Many believe this recruitment is over before it began, when you factor Humphrey's big ties to the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, Andrew Bone of TideSports.com says that Humphrey is very much open and that's how he's looking at the process. We hear that FSU and South Carolina are in the mix. Humphrey does have a connection with Pruitt from his days at Hoover, but for the time being FSU isn't pushing that hard for Humphrey or at least that's the impression he is giving off. A good test for Humphrey this weekend is to see how he stacks against a strong defensive back group in Chicago.

DT Thomas Holley, Abraham Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
National rank: No. 84
Position rank: No. 4

We hear FSU is very high on Holley. He has something to prove this weekend because he hasn't really attended that many camps and doesn't get to showcase his skills against higher rated prospects. FSU feels good with its position. That's probably because of the fact that Holley has a long relationship with the FSU staff - in particular Sal Sunseri and Odell Haggins. Most close to Holley feel that Florida and Notre Dame are the biggest competition.

WR Malachi Dupre, John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
National rank: No. 58
Position rank: No. 7

Although the 'Noles have some work to pull this one off, Dupre has always had the Seminoles very high on his list. He continues to say he's very open to leaving the state. I'm skeptical about that, but at the very least, Dupre is going to give the 'Noles a look when he visits in July. Those close to Dupre continue to tell us that FSU is a very serious candidate. We'll see how serious following that visit to FSU. This event will be a very good test and don't be surprised if he ends up being the top receiver.

LB Kain Daub, Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Fla.)
National rank: No 65
Position rank: No. 6 (ILB)

With linebacker it's not a fair analysis during one-on-ones at camp events, however, what we can look from Daub this weekend is how he fairs in 7-on-7 action. He is exceptional with his jam coverage and this is a good opportunity for him to show that against some elite running backs like Joe Mixon, Sony Michel and so on. He doesn't have to feel pressure to hang with them in one-on-one situations, but handle his skill set in the middle of the field. Daub is very firm in his commitment to FSU and as the lone FSU commitment, he will have his hands full recruiting dozen or so targets at the event.

DE Jalyn Holmes, Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va.)
National rank: No. 197
Position rank: No. 23

Holmes is another DE high on FSU's wish list. He recently named FSU, Ohio State and Clemson as his top three schools in no order. We hear FSU is the clear favorite at this stage. He expects to visit FSU on July 12. We hear he also plans to attend a couple of FSU homes games to see the DE's in action. Holmes had some slippery conditions at the Rivals Camp in Richmond, so this event will give him another opportunity to display his skills.

S Montae Nicholson, Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)
National rank: No. 127
Position rank: 13 (Safety)

Don't be surprised if Nicholson is one of the big surprise performers in Chicago. He will be one of the best athletes on the field and is exceptional in 7-on-7 type situations. He should also be able to hold his own against the bigger receivers. On the recruiting front, Nicholson is close friends with FSU commit QB J.J. Cosentino. Nicholson is expected to visit FSU this summer and has strong ties to FSU assistant coach Sal Sunseri. He doesn't claim any leaders, but the main schools mentioned the most in his recruitment are FSU, West Virginia, Ohio State and Penn State. FSU is recruiting Nicholson as an athlete, but more so as a free safety.


Other FSU targets to watch:

WR Artavis Scott
Scott is certainly high on the FSU board. Early on, I would have said this is a Michigan/FSU battle, but Central Florida is the dark horse here and making some noise because former teammate Pete Dinovo is likely to be the quarterback there. It is likely Scott will attend one of the FSU camps this summer, but he hasn't decided which one yet. Scott is very close with Dawsey. At every 1-on-1 event, Scott has made a big splash. Hard to think it will change even with the competition.

WR Josh Malone
The 'Noles are making a surge. Malone plans to visit Florida State in July for the camp and we hear he is staying in Tallahassee for a few days. Tennessee is the biggest competition, but Georgia has also jumped into the mix.

DT Derrick Nnadi
Nnadi has Virginia/Virginia Tech as his two top schools even though he did back away from that some. Family pressure to stay close to home is really the biggest obstacle FSU is fighting with Nnadi, who is scheduled to visit FSU in July. If FSU can win over his mother and the rest of the family about the distance, this one could get interesting.

OT Demetrius Knox
I'm interested the most to see Knox in action against some of these pass rushers. I want to see what his quickness is like and how that could translate to the college level. Ohio State, FSU are the main schools I hear mentioned the most. He does talk up Ohio State a little more than FSU, but he really connects with Brewster.

DE Davon Godchaux
Texas A&M seems to be the leader, but he plans to visit FSU in July. He tells me that FSU is recruiting him the hardest, so this is a recruitment to monitor very closely as we hit the summer camp time.

DE Kentavious Street
Street's stock has started to dip some and I don't get the impression he's as high on the board as he used to be with Florida State. N.C. State and LSU were recently named his leaders, but Georgia and FSU (early favorites) have dropped some as they are not pushing for him as hard. FSU hopes to have Street at its July camp.



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