Class of 2025 four-star IOL target Peyton Joseph sets his commitment date.

Florida State offensive coordinator Alex Atkins arrives for an FSU spring football practice of the / Ehsan Kassim/Tallahassee Democrat / USA

FSU football has recently done a tremendous job with recruiting the offensive line position group under the guidance of offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins.

The Seminoles’ offensive line has vastly improved since Atkins arrived in Tallahassee with head football coach Mike Norvell. The unit was considered one of the worst groups in college football in the past.

Atkins acquired four prospects in the 2024 recruiting class with four-star Jonathan Daniels, four-star Manasse Itete, three-star Tye Hylton, and three-star Jayden Todd. With that being said, he is already off to a hot start in the 2025 cycle where five-star Solomon Thomas is committed to the fold.

On Friday, Class of 2025 four-star offensive lineman Peyton Joseph from Houston County High School in Warner Robins (GA) included Florida State in his top seven finalists where he will be making his commitment on February 18th at 4 PM. The talented prospect has LSU, Florida, Michigan, Miami, Penn State, and Tennessee along with Florida State in the finalists’ list.

Joseph is considered the fifth-best interior offensive lineman in the 2025 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Atkins has other options to monitor on the offensive line as well such as four-star Ziyare Addison, four-star Max Buchanan, and three-star Mario Nash Jr. The ultimate goal would be to likely obtain at least three prospects (I believe it should be closer to 4-5) in this cycle since current players such as Darius Washington, Maurice Smith, and Keiondre Jones will be graduating after the 2024 season.

The recruiting prowess of Atkins has been nice to see continue during his time in Tallahassee. As most fans know by now, he will be suspended for the first three games of the 2024 season due to recruiting infractions. However, he has still showcasing his ability to build relationships with a variety of highly-touted prospects.

With rumors swirling around about Mike Norvell leaving FSU for Alabama, everyone was relieved when Norvell announced via X that he will remain at FSU football!

Mike Norvell recently signed an 8-year, $10 million contract, making him one of the highest paying head coaches in college football, and rightfully so!

Norvell has done a great deal to turn this program in the right direction. During the Norvell era, FSU has come from losing to Jacksonville State in 2021 to an undefeated regular season and ACC Championship win in 2023. Needless to say, the program has upgraded each season since his arrival.

Hard work and hustle are Norvell’s core values to this program. Norvell hates complacency. The Noles have learned quickly to keep their foot on the gas which has played out on the field within the past two years. With all the razzle dazzle in college football today, it’s nice to have a coach who values the principle of good old-fashioned hard work. It can be seen how the team responds to adversity on and off the field. The program was mentally weak when he took over and folded at the first hint of adversity during games, and that’s no longer the case.

Recruiting has become Norvell’s playground. This upcoming offseason, Norvell already has a new starting quarterback in 2024 as well as several other talented transfers, making for a loaded roster. The best part is he is just getting started. There’s still a long offseason ahead, and the transfer portal is still wide open. With Norvell dominating the portal, FSU doesn’t rebuild, they reload.

It’s safe to say that FSU is in great hands with Mike Norvell. Because Norvell has led FSU back to their winning ways, everyone is excited for the future of this Seminoles program. Here are some reactions from the news of his extension.

Gideon Canice

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