Mike Norvell and staff added a pair of names to Florida State’s 2023 recruiting class. The Seminoles have yet to get a commitment this summer, so landing back-to-back commitments gives them a much needed boost on the trail.
They may not be the 5-star household names most FSU fans want to see, but that does not mean they can’t add value to this roster if the staff’s evaluations are correct. Let’s take a look at the newest members of Tribe ’23.
Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Jones is currently playing football at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.
He landed on the Seminoles radar after a member of the FSU coaching staff was in town to see a receiver prospect. Jones flashed during his spring session which eventually led to him earning an offer from the Seminoles.
As far as what led to his commitment, Jones referenced the family atmosphere, being a priority for the staff and he liked how FSU plans to show off his skill set in their defense.
Jones also mentioned former standout FSU DE Jermaine Johnson as someone he would like to emulate during his time in garnet and gold. As most Seminole fans are aware of, Jermaine Johnson started his career out in the JUCO ranks before working his way into a first round NFL draft pick.
Jaden’s family was also supportive of the decision and feel like Tallahassee is the best place for Jaden to continue his journey.
Set to graduate this coming December, Jones will be part of the 2023 class but should be able to come in as an early enrollee. He brings plenty of size standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 250 pounds.
Obviously, JUCO is nowhere near the level of competition he will be facing at the power 5 level, but at least he will come in with some experience. Prior to taking the JUCO route, Jones was a 3-star prospect out of high school per 247 sports. He chose FSU over other offers from UAB, UTSA, Houston, and Mizzou.
It will likely take time for the FSU staff to get him where he needs to be as he’s still a pretty raw prospect, but Jaden has the size and some tools to work with. They are also getting a guy with multiple years of eligibility giving him time to develop.
Of course, not every JUCO player will be Jermaine Johnson. However, the potential is certainly there to find a diamond in the rough.
He is the seventh commitment in the Seminoles 2023 recruiting class.
The Seminoles weren’t done adding to Tribe 23 with the commitment of Jaden Jones. Just a few hours later they made it two in row with the addition of defensive back/Athlete Quindarrius Jones.
The 6-foot-2 187 pound Mississippi native received an offer following an impressive performance at the FSU elite camp held last weekend.
Although he does not currently have a recruit ranking, defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson must have seen enough to pull the trigger on offering Jones. There was a prior relationship with Woodson, who also hails from Mississippi. Woodson has visited his high school previously which led to his invite to the elite camp in the first place.
FSU was his only power 5 offer as it appears once again this staff wants to get in early on a player they feel is underrated and can add value to this roster. Jones will be the eighth commitment for the Seminoles 2023 class.
Obviously, FSU needs to start landing a consistent number of top tier recruits if they want to climb back on top of the college football world. However, with the current state of the program finding value in players like these two can help raise the floor of a roster.
Hopefully, the evaluation skills of the current staff will pay off and they will have found some future gems. In the meantime, we would like to welcome these two to Nole Nation and look forward to seeing what they can do in garnet and gold.
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