Florida State’s last home game against Delaware State wasn’t necessarily a recruiting showcase in terms of having a ton of marquee recruits in the stands.
However, there was one visitor that was a priority for coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff in 4-star Princeton [N.J.] Hun School offensive guard Caedan Wallace.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman rates as the nation’s No. 7 guard and the No. 150 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Wallace earned an offer from the Seminoles in September, and the game against the Hornets represented his first time on campus.
“It was good. I really enjoyed the environment,” Wallace told Florida State DieHards. “Great stadium. Saw the campus a little bit and it was really nice.”
great visit today at Doak Campbell Stadium today, can’t wait to come back to FSU sometime soon. pic.twitter.com/udwc6tpFyS
— special cäe🤙🥞™️ (@caedanw) November 18, 2017
In particular, Wallace took note in how the staff made time for him despite having a game to prepare for. That and a welcoming atmosphere were among the things he recalled as standing out on his visit.
“The environment and how the coaches are,” Wallace said. “They are really hands on and even though they had a game that day, they spent a considerable amount of time with me talking about their school. That stuck out a lot.”
Florida State tight ends coach and ace recruiter Tim Brewster is leading the charge in Wallace’s recruitment for the Seminoles.
Wallace likes the approach Brewster has taken with him as they’ve gotten to know each other. He’s also been up front with Wallace about the Seminoles’ struggles this season
“Coach Brewster, he is a nice guy. We talk occasionally,” Wallace said. “We don’t have a planned time but we talk every now and then. We talk about how great the school is and what the football team is building. How they have faced some setbacks, but there’s a few games they could have won and that would have changed a lot.”
Wallace is listed as a guard, but he’s played some tackle in high school. He noted that most schools haven’t specified where they want him to line up, and the Seminoles are included among that contingent.
“FSU hasn’t specified a position, but a lot of my schools have said just offensive line in general because I’m at the mid height to where I can be an effective tackle, but I’m a little tall but still effective enough to be a guard,” Wallace said. “So I can play both ways.”
The trip to Tallahassee came on the heels of a Florida swing that saw Wallace also visit the campuses of Central Florida, Florida and South Florida. He picked up offers from the Knights and the Gators on his trip.
“They are all really great schools. The University of Florida has a beautiful campus,” Wallace said. “They are putting in some new stuff with their football program. Same thing with Central Florida. They have a really good season going on right now and they are looking to capitalize on this season and build up their facilities, as well. It’s a lot of good stuff going on in Florida right now.”
— special cäe🤙🥞™️ (@caedanw) November 16, 2017
Wallace also took visits to Penn State, Rutgers and South Carolina in the last few months.
Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech are among the other schools in the mix with Wallace at this time.
He’s yet to narrow his list, but Wallace did identify a few coaches that he’s already developed a strong relationship with at this stage of his process.
“Definitely Coach [James] Franklin at Penn State, [offensive line] Coach [AJ] Blazek at Rutgers, Coach Brewster at Florida State, [offensive line] Coach [Eric] Wolford at South Carolina and [offensive line] Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh at Oklahoma.”
Wallace currently reports a 4.0 GPA with plans to major in either biology or business when he gets to college.
He hasn’t specified when he will make a decision, but mentioned next summer as a target for when he could arrive at a conclusion in his recruitment.
While the date isn’t settle, Wallace does have a few key criteria he’s looking for in the program he will choose.
“Really, seeing where the schools rank academically, seeing where they are looking forward to heading athletically and just seeing where I can come in and start early, hopefully my freshman year. That’s one of the big things for me. Academics and athletics.”
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