Will 2023 on field success parlay into elite 2025 recruiting?

The 2025 recruits will spend the rest of this spring, summer, and fall, knowing FSU has had incredible success on the field. All of the negative recruiting that used to take place from opposing schools holds no weight anymore. Mike Norvell has proven he can recruit high school players. Freshmen have played early at FSU over the past few years. He has proven he can win on the field. Mike Norvell turned down the Alabama job to stay at FSU. FSU will likely have 8+ players selected in the 2024 NFL Draft in April. Frankly, FSU coaches can go back to the 2021 season and point to success.

 

 

If we omit the 0-4 start in the 2021 season, FSU has gone 28-6 since(I’m not counting that Orange Bowl exhibition), and three of those losses are by a touchdown or less. They’ve beaten both rivals over the past two seasons and finally got over the hump against Clemson last year. They have one of the best NIL Collectives nationally and a coaching staff that’s been together for a while. I think we’ll see all of these positives culminate into an elite 2025 recruiting class signing in December with another strong performance in the field this fall.

 

 

 

Former Alabama RB Roydell Williams comes to FSU with high expectations. He was second on Alabama’s teams in rushing yards last season and hopes to step into FSU’s lineup and contend for the starting role. When you look closer at his running style, he reminds you a lot of former Seminole and Oregon Transfer Trey Benson. Let’s take a closer look at how these two guys compare:

 

 

Trey Benson

4 Star Recuit, #21 RB in the 2020 Class

He tore his ACL in his freshman season at Oregon and compiled only 6 att, 22 yds, and 1 TD in two seasons. While he didn’t leave a lasting impression for the Ducks, he did find new life for the Seminoles. Benson earned the starting nod in the 2022 season and shared the backfield with TreShaun Ward and Lawrance Toafili.

He surpassed 900 yards rushing in his two seasons at FSU (990yds,9TD in 2022, 906yds, 14TD in 2023)

Attributes: (1-10)

Speed: 8.0

Durability: 9.0

Break Tackles: 8.5

Vision: 8.0

Catching: 7.5

 

Roydell Williams:

4 Star Recuit, #10 RB in the 2020 Class

He was never the clear-cut starter sharing carries with the likes of Brian Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs, and Jase McClellan on stacked Alabama teams. Williams made the most of his chances and averaged almost 5 yds a carry at Alabama.

Speed: 7.5

Durability: 9.0

Break Tackles: 8.0

Vision: 8.5

Catching: 8.0

 

 

Final Thoughts:

I believe both Williams and Benson have similar running styles that will allow Roydell to step right into Trey’s shoes at FSU. Benson is more of a home run threat, but Williams likely has better vision similar to Treshaun Ward. That rushing attack should not miss a beat. His speed out in the flat catching passes will give new quarterback DJ Uiagalelei a very nice check down. Coach Norvell and staff know how to get the best out of a player and Williams will leave FSU as a legit back who could see his draft stock rise with thered hot Seminoles this season.

Gideon Canice

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