Recruiting Rundown (7/1): Noles Stay Hot on the Trail

Before the ink had time to dry from our last recruiting rundown, the Seminoles stuck again. Florida State continued its success on the recruiting trail by landing two more blue-chip commitments for the 2025 class. They also received positive news that 2025 quarterback commit Tramell Jones Jr. has decided to shut down his recruitment and lock in with the Seminoles. Jones Jr. had recently become involved with in-state rival Florida, creating uncertainty around where he might land on signing day. With QB1 of the class locked in and two new blue chips added, let’s look at the updated class info.

Florida State currently has 9 commitments in its 2025 class. The recent additions have bumped the Seminoles up to 35th in the 247 Composite rankings and 9th in the On3 Industry rankings. They have also climbed up to 7th in the ACC standings. With recruiting class ranking based on a cumulative point accrual system, it is important to note that every team ahead of FSU has double-digit commitments. As commitments continue to roll in, FSU will climb rapidly in those rankings. Quality is what stands out in this class and that theme continued with the most recent additions. In our last article, FSU’s average player rating of 94.14 ranked the highest in the country. In the updated numbers it is still an impressive 93.28 which ranks fifth in the 247 Composite. Their average player rating in the On3 industry rankings is 92.16, which ranks third behind LSU and Ohio State who have two of the top 3 overall ranked classes.

Let’s take a look at the newest commitments for Tribe 25

4-star dl Myron Charles

FSU landed its second blue-chip defensive tackle in a week when Charles chose the Seminoles over Texas, Florida, and Miami. The 6-foot-4 295-pounder will join fellow 4-star Kevin Wynn, who committed just days earlier on June 24th. This is a big get for FSU’s class but it is also another big recruiting win for defensive line coach Odell Haggins. There has never been a question about the development skills from the life-long Seminole. They have also been successful in the portal. However, high school recruiting on the interior defensive line has come under scrutiny in recent years. Of course, there is a long way until signing day, but this will be the first time FSU has landed multiple blue-chip defensive tackles in the same class since 2017. Odell is back and with a vengeance after landing back-to-back blue chips!

Charles spoke of the relationships he has cultivated with the staff and other members of the class as to what swayed him to choose FSU in a decision that seemed imminent for the Port Charlotte, FL native. The direction that FSU is headed and the fact that the 2025 class has the potential to push the program toward a national championship was also key. Charles told media members that he does not plan to enter the portal during his college career, so he wanted to be sure that he was making the right decision and when it all came together, FSU was where he wanted to be.

Charles is a Top 200 recruit nationally coming in at 132nd. He is listed as the 15th-ranked defensive lineman in the 2025 class and the 20th-ranked player in the state of Florida. Charles finished his junior season with 29 tackles (9.5 TFL), and 1.5 sacks. In 2022 as a sophomore, Charles was an All-Area selection after a season in which he recorded 33 tackles (7 TFL), 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. He possesses a nice combination of size and athleticism. His quickness and flexibility have allowed him to work at a variety of alignments along the defensive front. Charles is regarded as more of a raw prospect that will need some time to develop at the college level. Thankfully he will have one of the best strength and conditioning staff and position coaches in the country to work with!

4-star TE Chase Loftin

Florida State added another weapon to its offensive arsenal with the commitment of 4-star tight end Chase Loftin from Omaha, Nebraska. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound tight end chose the Seminoles over the in-state school Nebraska and others like Missouri and Texas A&M. Loftin echoed much of what Myron Charles said about why he chose the Seminoles. To sum it all up, it was the people in Tallahassee and the direction of the program that was the determining factor. Time and time again, we see commits mention the family atmosphere and feeling of being home when at FSU. The Seminoles’ 23-4 record over the past two seasons has also helped sell the vision.

Loftin brings versatility to the position as a pass catcher who can be lined up all over the field. He advised that the staff plans to focus on the pass-catching production until he adds some mass at which point they can also move him inside to help block. Loftin’s production over the past two seasons stands out with 73 receptions for 1,017 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, he’s more than just a tight end for his high school team. Loftin has also returned 75 kickoffs for 3,704 yards (49.4 avg) and 53 punts for another 2,104 yards (39.7 vg). This speaks to the type of versatile athlete Loftin is. He even kicks field goals and PATs!

Loftin has the frame to add mass at 6-foot-6 which is the immediate need for him in the college game. He’s a lot like Kyle Morelock in body type and the way FSU will use him, however, Loftin projects to have a higher ceiling. The one question mark is that he doesn’t play against the greatest competition, but he’s the best player on the field in most instances. Loftin has impressive speed for his size and even ran a 4.4 forty at a Nebraska camp. His 35-inch vertical allows Loftin to use that 6’6” frame to go up and get passes with an impressive catch radius. Loftin can be a mismatch nightmare on passing routes with the height of a tight end and the speed of a receiver. The key to his development as a tight end will be adding mass while keeping his athleticism. Combining Chase Loftin with Landen Thomas and potentially Hollis Davidson will put the tight end room in good shape for the foreseeable future.

4-star DB Gregory “Zae” Thomas

The Seminoles kept the momentum rolling with the Sunday night commitment of 4-star defensive back Gregory “Zae” Thomas. This recruitment came down to two schools: FSU and Clemson. However, FSU felt like an obvious choice as Thomas is a lifelong FSU fan who attended youth camps in Tallahassee. He’s also a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. As if the Noles needed any other help, Thomas also attends American Heritage High School where DB coach Patrick Surtain was the former head coach. It all added up to a commitment for the Seminoles to land the talented prospect.

As a previously unranked recruit, Thomas made it on the map at one of FSU’s Elite camps. FSU’s eye for talent got him to the event and Thomas’ performance earned him an offer a few months later. There is a bit of a differing opinion on Thomas. On3 and ESPN have him listed as a 3-star prospect with no national ranking whereas 247 and Rivals have him listed as a 4-star ranked in the Top 200. Either way, FSU is getting a quality defensive back with impressive size. Thomas stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 195 pounds with long arms and a wide frame. That allows him to be a rangy corner when combined with his above-average instincts and footwork. He plays both man and zone in high school and has the size to be a big corner, play safety, or even slide into the nickel spot offering versatility which is something FSU likes. His instincts also allow him to be an asset in run defense and he is not scared to get his hands dirty. FSU is not only getting a talented defensive back, but they also fought off Clemson to keep Thomas in the state of Florida. That’s a big recruiting win as FSU looks to reclaim its place atop the ACC until the eventual exit.

Final Thoughts

Florida State’s recruiting has taken off since they hosted almost 40 kids for official visits in June. With more commitment dates around the corner, the fireworks are just getting started for the Noles! Thanks for reading and Go Noles!

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