Florida State recruiting: Seminoles CB pledge Houston Griffith considering visits to other schools

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Notre Dame among schools pushing to get Houston Griffith on campus

Florida State got a much needed jolt of momentum last month when 4-star Bradenton [Fla.] IMG Academy corner Houston Griffith committed to the Seminoles.

Griffith ranks as the nation’s No. 10 corner and the No. 60 player overall in the 2018 cycle per 247Sports composite rankings.

He originally committed to the Seminoles over offers from programs such as Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

However, a handful of schools aren’t giving up on pursuing the Chicago native.

Among that group are the Fighting Irish.

As Tom Loy of 247Sports noted, Griffith has maintained contact with coach Brian Kelly and his staff since his commitment and is considering taking a visit to South Bend later this month.

It’s worth noting that when he committed last month, Notre Dame and Florida State were the only two schools that he had taken official visits to before his commitment.

The Under Armour All-American is scheduled to be an early enrollee and arrive at the school of his choice in January.

The other interesting note in Loy’s report is that Griffith has filled out the necessary paperwork to enroll at more than one school — with Notre Dame being one of them.

Griffith is one of five defensive backs the Seminoles have currently committed and one of three corners rated among the top 100 overall prospects in the 2018 cycle that are bound for Tallahassee.

However, it appears as if coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff will have work to do in shoring up his commitment as the December signing period approaches.

2018 WR target still has FSU among group of favorites

The receiver unit is a priority for Fisher and the Seminoles down the stretch.

Despite having three receiver commits, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Seminoles would take five receivers if the right players wanted to join the class.

Among the top targets for the Seminoles at receiver down the stretch of the 2018 cycle is 4-star Bellaire [Texas] Episcopal pass-catcher Jaylen Waddle.

The 5-foot-9.5, 175-pound Lone State State playmaker rates as the nation’s No. 11 receiver and the No. 67 player overall in the 2018 cycle per 247Sports.

As a junior, Waddle accounted for 1,659 yards of total offense and 35 total touchdowns.

On the recruiting front, Waddle has named a top six that includes Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.

He’s already taken official visits to Alabama, Florida State and TCU and he’s taken an unofficial visit to Texas.

As Brian Perroni of GigEm247 detailed, Waddle maintains that he has no favorites among his finalists and he’s enjoyed each of his three official visits equally.

Perroni also noted that Waddle has scheduled his fourth official visit to Oregon the weekend of Nov. 25 while the Longhorns and the Aggies will battle it out to land his final official.

With the Seminoles need at receiver, Waddle figures to be a priority for Fisher and his staff over the final weeks and months remaining in the current cycle.

2018, 2019 commits expected to visit Miami this weekend

On a weekend filled with exciting matchups of ranked teams doing battle, the meeting between Miami and Notre Dame figures to draw a lot of attention from fans and recruits alike.

The Hurricanes will benefit from hosting a second straight marquee opponent in prime time, and that will be reflected in the quality of talent headed to South Florida to watch the Hurricanes and the Fighting Irish square off this weekend.

Among the group of visitors scheduled to watch the game include one Florida State commit each in the 2018 and 2019 cycles.

According to Andrew Ivins of InsideTheU, Miami will host 2018 3-star Daytona Beach [Fla.] Mainland safety John Huggins and 2019 5-star West Palm Beach [Fla.] Palm Beach Central corner Akeem Dent.

Huggins has been committed to the Seminoles since July, but he told Florida State DieHards that Miami has been coming after him “pretty hard” recently. Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri are among the other schools continuing to recruit him aggressively.

Dent — who rates as the nation’s top corner and the No. 19 player overall in the 2019 cycle — was previously committed to the Hurricanes before reopening his recruitment last fall.

He committed to Florida State in July, but he figures to be another player that schools around the country continue to pursue heavily until he enrolls at the school of his choice.

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