Sunshine switch: Miami hire Blount turns to FSU

Blake Baumgartner, ESPN Personnel WriterOct 22, 2023, 08:54 PM ET A night after seeing his program improve to 7-0 for the first time since 2014 with a win over Duke, Mike Norvell and Florida State protected a recruiting success just as significant.Five-star defensive lineman

Armondo Blount Jr.(No. 4 total in the 2025 ESPN 300)turned his commitment from Miami to Florida State on Sunday.”I seem like Florida State can establish

me much better as an athlete and as an individual,”he told ESPN.This is HOME!!!! I have been going over with family and I have actually chosen that Florida State is where I am implied to be! I want to thank everyone who have actually been a part of my recruitment process. I am locked in with my decision God bless. @Valentiauntrell!.?.!— Armondo Blount(@ArmondoBlount)October 22, 2023 He’s the leading defensive end in the junior class. He also validated to ESPN that he’ll be reclassifying into the 2024 class.Florida State’s 2024 class presently ranks seventh overall and has 10 ESPN 300 promises, highlighted by luxury security Khalil Bolden( No. 15 overall). Blount, who initially dedicated to Mario Cristobal and the Hurricanes on Sept. 14, remained in Tallahassee over the weekend to see Florida State beat Duke 38-20 behind an offense that scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to lastly pull away.A product of Miami Central High School, simply more than 10 miles from Miami’s Coral Gables campus, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Blount has 32 deals with, 10 deals with for loss and 8 sacks through five games this season.Editor’s Picks “The coaches, they told me they were all set to break me [down] to get me much better, so I’m anticipating it,”he said.He particularly

pointed out associate head coach/defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins, who has actually become part of the Seminoles football program for thirty years, as a big

selling point.”Coach Odell [Haggins] has established a lot of D-linemen, brought them in to see [what they’re made from]

and developed them up. So [it’ll be great to be] in that scenario,”Blount said.The Seminoles last signed a five-star protective end in 2017, when the No. 1 defensive end because cycle, Josh Kaindoh( No. 13 total ), joined the cycle’s top defensive

tackle, Marvin Wilson(No. 4 overall), in a class ESPN ranked fourth.

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