Derrick McLendon II, 6-3, 233, DE, Decatur, Ga./Tucker : McLendon II brings versatility to FSU as the four-star prospect has shown he can line up on both sides of the ball. As a defensive end, he’s the 19th weak-side defensive end in the country according to Rivals and 37th by 247Sports. McLendon II finished his high-school career with 85 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks.
Maurice Goolsby, 6-4, 190, WR, Dunnellon/Dunnellon: The four-star wide receiver is not only a big target for whoever is under center for the Seminoles, but a great blocker as well. He is ranked as the 24th overall prospect in the state of Florida according to Rivals. He picked FSU over Florida.
Jarvis Brownlee, 5-11, 175, DB, Miami Gardens/Carol City: Rivals lists Brownlee as a four-star prospect, while ESPN put him as the 44th best cornerback in the country and the No. 50 overall prospect in the state of Florida. Brownlee was previously committed to Miami, but ultimately chose FSU over the Hurricanes as well as Florida, LSU and UCF.
Jay Williams, 6-6, 290, OL, Moreno Valley, Calif./Grossmont College: Williams comes in as the 63rd overall junior-college prospect and the No. 8 offensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports.
Dontae Lucas, 6-3, 335, OL, Miami/IMG Academy: Consensus four-star prospect who is also ranked as the No. 3 offensive guard and 50th overall prospect by Rivals. He will play in the 2019 All-American Bowl. Lucas chose FSU over Miami, Florida and Alabama.
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Tru Thompson, 6-0, 324, DT, Loganville, Ga./Grayson
Curtis Fann Jr., 6-1, 252, DE, Stillmore, Ga./Emmanuel County Institute
Jaleel McRae, 6-2, 236, LB, New Smyrna Beach/IMG
Malcolm Ray, 6-2, 247, DL, Miami Gardens/Carol City
Kevon Glenn, 6-1, 220, LB, Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown
Renardo Green, 6-0, 173, DB, Apopka/Wekiva
Maurice Smith, 6-2, 287, OL, Miami/Miami Central
Kalen Deloach, 6-0, 206, LB, Savannah, Ga./Islands
Raymond Woodie III, 6-0, 191, DB, Tallahassee/Florida State University School
The Seminoles signed 14 during Day 1 of the early-signing period. FSU landed a number of four-star Miami recruits, including defensive back Jarvis Brownlee. They also worked on addressing the huge need at offensive line, signing 6-foot-6 Jay Williams, the No. 8 junior college offensive tackle in the nation, and Miami Central High three-star prospect Maurice Smith.
With the departure of defensive end Brian Burns, the Seminoles needed a playmaker to help fill that void. They believe they found one in Derrick McLendon II. He is the No. 19 weak-side defensive end in the country, according to Rivals.com, and brings versatility to FSU. The four-star prospect has shown he can line up on both sides of the ball.
Four-star quarterback Sam Howell announced he was staying home and attending the University of North Carolina. Howell reportedly had a close relationship with former FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell and the coordinator’s jump to UMass may have played a role in Howell’s decision.
QUOTE WORTH NOTING
“I think this class is going to have a tremendous effect on our football program, just with them integrating with the guys that we have here and trying to change the culture to the way we want it to. I think this class is going to help get us closer to that point of where we want our culture to be.”
— FSU coach Willie Taggart on his early signees