A sneak peek at the offensive line board after Aliu Bah’s drag
Florida State’s 2022 recruiting class had a huge hit Saturday night when the three-star offensive lineman Aliu Bah chose to step back from his commitment to the Seminoles. Bah had been committed since May, but those who kept enlisting were not surprised by this move. There was some rumors going back to the summer that the Tennessee wasn’t firm in his pledge and it paid off this weekend.
Read more: IMG OL decommits from Florida
However, FSU got off to a successful start to recruiting up front and still had five committed prospects. One of the biggest things going forward will be sticking with OT Jaylen Early, OT Daughtry Richardson, OT Antavious Woody, OG Qae’Shon Sapp and OG Kanaya Charlton. Woody was heading towards Auburn but the other four were solid.
The Seminoles would still like to add another player or two along the offensive line depending on whether Woody turns up.
Here’s a look at some of the options on the board as early signing day approaches.
1. Julian Armilla
The main non-committal target remaining on the board is undoubtedly the intervention of four-star offensive tackle Julian Armilla. Head coach Mike Norville was on the sidelines at Saturday’s Armella high school game and is a legacy of Florida State. He can play outside or inside for Noles.
Read more: Watch: The #1 potential client discusses Florida’s commitment on ESPN
The main fight was with LSU but likely to work for Seminoles with the recent news that Ed Orgeron is out at the end of the season. Miami and Florida are also involved in Armella recruiting. He will return to Tallahassee in November for a hurricane standoff.
2. Matthew McCoy
McCoy is a new name to know after receiving an offer from Florida on October 2 during his unofficial game visit to Syracuse. Norville showed him in person inside the locker room and talked about that experience with NoleGameday here. Offensive coach Alex Atkins visited McCoy last Wednesday and staff are working to schedule him for an official visit.
The in-state producer has also unofficially visited Florida and will make an official visit to Gainesville in December. He plans to be at Ole Miss for an official visit next weekend. The Gators seem to have the lead early on, but the rookie offensive lineman could extend his recruitment into February, so there’s plenty of time for FSU to catch up.
3. Jacarius Peak
Peak is another player who has appeared on the radar after a solid start to his first season. The coaching staff has been reaching out to him but they haven’t pressured an offer yet. This may change after the Bah commitment is cancelled.
The Georgia native got offers from LSU, Virginia Tech, Louisville, NC State, and several others this fall. He just started enlisting but grew up with Florida as his dream school. Peak has informed NoleGameday that he plans to visit Tallahassee later this season but no exact date has been set.
4. Trent Ramsay
These last two options on the uncommitted list might be more than a stretch but that shows how vulnerable the board is at this time. Ramsey visited Florida over the summer to attend Mega Camp and has received an offer from the staff since 2020. He started his high school career in Arizona before moving to Florida.
READ MORE: Florida Opens As Second Biggest Favorite In Week 8
Ramsey officially visited West Virginia, Cal and Indiana in June. He has two official visits left, and it looks like Mississippi will get one. Ramsay is expected to sign in December.
5. Molek Mason
A recruiter with a thrilling story, Mason was born in Florida before moving to Jamaica at a young age. His family spent time in Alabama and Virginia, and is now back in Yellowhammer State where Mason plays his first season at Auburn High School.
Florida State employees evaluated it during the vacation period but have not yet submitted it. Mason has some positive aspects with his physical attributes and his 6-foot-6, 280-pound frame. It also plays the role of the defensive line.
Objectives committed elsewhere
1. Elijah Pritchett
Pritchett committed to Alabama in September but don’t expect Florida to drop that enlistment. The coaching staff has kept in touch with the top 100 potential guys and will beat this thing to the end to try and get a heart.
Atkins has a great relationship with Pritchett and Seminoles can provide early play. Not likely but strange things happened during enlistment.
2. Brian Grant
The Seminoles gave a show after their performance at Mega Camp in June. The Florida native had previously committed to Tennessee in May and has remained steadfast in that pledge. His only visit during the season was to Knoxville.
There hasn’t been much talk about Grant in the Florida Department of Employment lately. It’s a potential local who might be worth a visit again.
3. Emery Jones
Florida was right in the midst of this enlistment when Jones chose to stay in the state and commit to LSU. However, with Orgeron out of the picture, it will be interesting to see how consistent his pledge is.
It would be much better for the Seminoles to kick the tires on Jones’ massive car.
Follow Dustin Lewis. Twitter
Follow NoleGameday on Twitter And Facebook social networking site