The college football camp season has reaped rewards for Florida State in the form of four new commitments. Those commitments – WR Ryan Sousa, OL Ethan Frith, TE Mavin Saunders and CB Malique Jackson – are the latest additions to Florida State’s now-14 man class in 2014.
Here's some background on each prospect.
Sousa, a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver from Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona, committed to Jimbo Fisher on Thursday after receiving an offer just moments before.
Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rate Sousa as a three-star receiver. He joins a stocked wide receiver class with Markell Pack (Although Pack now says FSU and Ole Miss
Sousa had a bunch of offers from places such as Boston College, Rutgers, Missouri, UCLA and Wake Forest. Last season, Sousa had 1,615 yards and 21 touchdowns on 92 catches.
At 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, Frith is a massive offensive tackle prospect out of Summit (Miss.) North Pike.
Frith has held an offer from the Seminoles since March and couldn’t wait any longer to commit.
“I just felt like it is the right place for me,” Frith told ESPN.com. “I love it down here. I like all of the coaches. I like all of the people down here. I just felt like it was home for me and it is where I should be.”
After making a change in diet, Frith lost more than 30 pounds since the last time he weighed in at Florida State. Rated a three-star by Scout.com, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com, Frith chose the Seminoles over offers from Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State.
With his great size (6-6, 235) Sanders could be an imposing receiving force in the ACC.
The tight end from Houston (TX) Kinkaid committed to the Seminoles over the weekend while on a recruiting visit to the school.
“(It’s a) great education, it’s close to home and I have the ability to play at the highest level,” Saunders told Warchant.com.
Scout.com rates Saunders as a three-star and the No. 12 tight end in the country, while Rivals.com has him as a three-star and at No. 14.
Florida State - the first school to offer Saunders – won this recruiting battle over some other big offers, including Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
The final commitment from the group is Jackson, a 6-foot, 165-pounder from Jesup (GA) Wayne County.
“I got the offer from FSU at the beginning of the camp and by the end, I knew that I was ready to commit to them,” Jackson told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. “I knew before the camp that if they offered, then I would commit. I just wanted to make sure.”
Though unranked on Scout.com and Rivals.com, 247Sports.com gives Jackson a three-star ranking. He chose the Seminoles over offers from Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri and N.C. State.
Although scouting databases look at Jackson as an "athlete" – he plays quarterback at Wayne County – he worked out in front of assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt as a cornerback and was recruited for corner. He becomes Florida State’s first secondary recruit in the 2014 class.
It's a bit of an unconventional recruiting move to offer a scholarship to a long snapper recruit, but that's what FSU did with Gabbard, a 6-3, 220-pound local product out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, where he is a teammate of fellow 2014 Seminole commitment Jacob Pugh.
And yes, he's got a highlight tape on YouTube.