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Florida State's path to No. 1 class

The Florida State Seminoles have long been considered the favorite for five-star defensive lineman Shavar Manuel, with Miami, Florida, Alabama and LSU as the main competition. While the Hurricanes and Gators have done a good job of impressing the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game selection, overtaking Florida State is a tall task. It may be that LSU actually has the best chance to upset Florida State due to the work of IMG Academy teammate Saivion Smith and LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Adding a third five-star player to the class is a must if FSU is going to have a shot to finish at the top of the rankings.

Dexter Lawrence, DT

ESPN 300 ranking: No. 17

Lawrence’s recruitment could go a number of different directions. While Florida and Florida State receive most of the mention as the favorites at this point, in-state North Carolina is expected to be a factor at the end of the day, as is NC State and Clemson. If closeness to home isn’t too much to overcome, the Seminoles have a good shot here.

Trayvon Mullen, CB

ESPN 300 ranking: No. 19

Mullen could very well be key in determining which program finishes No. 1. Not only is the talented corner a top-20 prospect nationally, but it could very well come down to a decision between LSU and FSU with the Seminoles having the closer-to-home advantage. Programs such as Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson continue to stay in the fight but are considered long shots at this point.

Keion Joyner, OLB

ESPN 300 ranking: No. 34

While North Carolina could be tough to beat at the end of the day, the Seminoles have one key factor working in their favor -- Brad Lawing. The Florida State assistant has deep-rooted ties in the state of North Carolina and that includes recruiting Havelock High for a number of years. LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M also remain in the hunt, but this could very well come down to an ACC battles between the Tar Heels and Seminoles.

Nate Craig-Myers, WR

ESPN 300 ranking: No. 40

Craig-Myers' recruitment has the making of a good ol' fashioned Florida State versus Auburn battle with Ohio State trying to pull the upset. The former Auburn commitment opened up his recruitment in the first week of May and since has been considered a lean to the Noles with the recruitment of his brother, 2016 defensive back Jayvaughn Myers, factoring in heavily.

The Seminoles also remain in contention for No. 46 Nigel Knott, No. 83 and Miami commit Amir Rasul, No. 134 Landon Dickerson, No. 169 Richard Merritt, No. 177 Devin Bush Jr. and a host of others.