Could the state of Texas be the next pipeline for Florida State?

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer

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Finding and attracting the best talent within the state of Florida will always remain a key part of Florida State's football recruiting strategy. But that's not to say Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff won't branch out.

FSU has always recruited well in neighboring states like Georgia and Alabama. Under Fisher, the program has expanded its footprint to create another pipeline from the "DMV" (Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area.

Could Texas be next?

Seminoles tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster, a former University of Texas assistant, has been helping FSU make major strides in the Lone Star State for the last few years. As it stands, the Seminoles are making a run at numerous Texas recruits for their 2018 and '19 classes.

Three of the Seminoles' last four recruiting classes have included talents who played high school football in Texas. Redshirt junior tight end Mavin Saunders, who is originally from The Bahamas, played high school football in Houston. Even if Saunders were subtracted from the equation, it still leaves FSU with an impressive haul in consecutive years.

The Seminoles signed four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson in 2016. Jackson, a sophomore, was something of a Signing Day surprise who opted to leave home. FSU followed by signing incoming freshman defensive tackle and five-star prospect Marvin Wilson this past February. Ranked No. 2 in the nation by Rivals, Wilson passed on his home-state Longhorns, Ohio State and others to join Fisher and FSU.

Now, the Seminoles are looking to capitalize on that success by using it to attract other top prospects.

"Marvin Wilson is a big bump, and the more you can get high-profile players to visit campus and go back and tell their friends about [FSU], it helps," said Nick Krueger, who covers Texas recruiting for Rivals. "I don't think any kid is not interested in visiting FSU if given the opportunity."

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