NoleNation takes a look at five outside linebacker candidates for the Class of 2014.
Tre Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal) - Florida State's pursuit of Williams is about to enter it's third year. Way early on in the process, recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig identified him as a can't-miss prospect and offered. Now, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi and Southern Cal have all followed suit. At 6-foot-2, 217-pounds, Williams is on the ESPN Watch List. He's been to Florida State's campus on several occasions, but will be a tough pull out of the state of Alabama.
Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) - Another top quality linebacker out of the state of Alabama, Evans already has the measureables of an FBS player. He's on the ESPN Watch List, and for good reason. In addition to an early Florida State offer, Evans also has tenders from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina and Tennessee. As is customary, Evans would be a tough pull to get away from the in-state powers of the Crimson Tide and Tigers. His recruitment by Florida State will be overseen by Dameyune Craig.
Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) - The 6-foot-3, 195-pound linebacker has an extensive offer list already, but is still being evaluated by the Seminoles. He did visit unofficially this season and likes what he has been hearing from defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins. FIU, FAU, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Miami, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia and Wake Forest have all offered. Besides Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Florida are showing interest.
Frank Newman (Miami/Southridge) - Newman already claims early offers from Florida State and South Florida and is getting interest from some heavy hitters such as Florida and Miami. At 6-foot, 205 pounds, he doesn't have the ideal length that linebackers coach Greg Hudson and will probably have to have a prolific senior season to be an outright take for the Seminoles.
Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) - Only recently has Florida State really begun to take a heavy interest in this local linebacker. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he's got a great frame in which to build on. Pugh does have heavy interest in staying home to play for the local power, but does not have an offer at this time. North Carolina, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, however, have thrown their hats into the ring.