Noles News: FSU baseball hires Link Jarrett, recruiting updates, top-notch commitment

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FLORIDA STATE — A weekend full of visits from top football rookies ended with the addition of a 4-star major offensive tackle to the 2023 recruiting class. Basketball landed a premier forward plan and three former Seminole softball players are set to play with Athlete’s Unlimited.

Let’s dive into it.

Soccer

The ratings came out and safety Akeem Dent came in first in the ACC, allowing the lowest passer rating in coverage last season:

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He had an overall defensive rating of 68.7, a passing-rush rating of 78.3, and a coverage rating of 70.8.

According to FOX College Football, Florida State ranks among the highest schools producing Butkus, Lombardi and Thorpe award winners.

Recruitment

There were some top notch visitors over the weekend as head coach Mike Norvell and staff brought in a string of 4-star prospects for the 2023 class. OT Lucas Simmons, RB Daylan Smothers, RB Samuel Singleton, DL Keldric Faulk, S Avery Stuart, QB Chris Parson and 3-star prospects DL Tavion Gadson and LB DeMarco Ward have all visited the Moore.

For a full breakdown by NoleThruandThru, head over to Florida State of Recruiting: Analysis of the Official Weekend Visitor Roster.

The 2023 Seminoles class took a hit when longtime FSU commitment TE Randy Pittman opted out Friday after being in the class since April of last year. For the full recap, see Tim Scribble’s article: Randy Pittman disengages from Florida State.

As disappointing as the Pittman news was, FSU secured a major forward addition with the signing of 2023 4-Star offensive tackle Roderick Kearney on Sunday just hours after completing an official visit to Florida.

Excerpt from LastNoleofKrypton article Four-star offensive lineman Roderick Kearney commits to FSU within hour of leaving official visit to Florida:

He chose FSU over offers from USL, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and many more. From Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Fla., Kearney instantly becomes FSU’s highest-rated pledge, ranking 128th nationally, 6th in his position, and 27th in Florida State in the national ranking. composite of 247.

As always, check out the Florida State Football: OFFICIAL Tribe ’23 Recruiting Thread #3. and join the conversation.

Baseball

The ‘Noles pulled the trigger on FSU alumni and former baseball player Link Jarrett. Jarret was most recently the head coach of our Lady.

Jarret gave an impassioned speech to his former team and explained why he chose to leave Notre Dame and return closer to home:

Basketball

On the list of 4-star commitments for the weekend, power forward Taylor Bowen decided to bring his talents to Tallahassee.

Bowen is ranked 31st in his class and the 7th best power forward and 2nd best player in New Hampshire.

A few former Seminoles have signed with teams to compete in the Summer League. Malik Osborne signed with the Cavs:

And Anthony Polite signed with Spurs:

Soft ball

Three players have made the 2022 ACC Softball Academic Team. Mack Leonard, Devyn Flaherty, Kaley Mudge and Danielle Watson were all named to the team Friday.

Former players Danielle Watson, Sydney Sherrill and Caylan Arnold will all play with Athletes Unlimited this summer. From Gwyn Rhodes softball to the pros: Danielle Watson will make her Athletes Unlimited debut; Arnold and Sherrill

Tomahawk Nation has confirmed that Danielle Watson, who was previously drafted for USSSA Pride in the WPF, will now join the Athletes Unlimited Championship season in Rosemont, Illinois from July 29-August 28.

As previously reported, Sydney Sherrill was drafted to UA and will also join the Championship season.

Currently, Caylan Arnold, who helped bring the ‘Noles to their WCWS appearance in 2021, plays in AUX. AUX is a shorter 2-week season that took place in San Diego.

Out of 43 players, Arnold sits 33rd in the AUX standings, with 626 points overall. In her outings, she has 9.2 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts, 8 earned runs, 0 BBs and 5.79 ERA.

All the sports

FSU track and field star Trey Cunningham finished second in the men’s 110m hurdles at the USA Track and Field Outdoors and with that finish he secured his spot on Team USA for the World Championship ‘Athletics. Cunningham finished at 13.08 just fractions of a second behind Kentucky Wildcat Daniel Roberts who finished at 13.03.

Cole Anderson tied for third on the Korn Ferry Tour at -14 under. Once the tour was over, he managed to stick around and sign autographs for his fans:

If you want to continue learning about our staff here, be sure to check out our series where the writers here at Tomahawk Nation were interviewed. In the next few days, our softball writer Gwyn Rhodes will be on the role.

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