Noles News: FSU baseball hires Link Jarrett, recruiting updates, blue-chip commitment

FLORIDA STATE — A weekend of visits from top football recruits ended with a big 4-star offensive tackle added to the 2023 recruit class. Basketball has landed a top-notch power forward, and three former Seminole softball players will play with Athlete’s Unlimited.

Let’s dive in.


Grades are out and safety Akeem Dent finished first in the ACC, allowing for the lowest passer rating in last season’s coverage:

He had an overall defensive rating of 68.7, a pass rush rating of 78.3, and a coverage rating of 70.8.

According to FOX College Football, Florida State is among the top schools to produce Butkus, Lombardi, and Thorpe honorees.


There were some high profile visitors over the weekend as Head Coach Mike Norvell and his staff brought in a slew of 4-star prospects for the Class of 2023. OT Lucas Simmons, RB Daylan Smothers, RB Samuel Singleton, DL Keldric Faulk, S Avery Stuart, QB Chris Parson and 3-star prospects DL Tavion Gadson and LB DeMarco Ward all paid a visit to The Moore.

For a full breakdown of NoleThruandThru, see Florida State of Recruiting: Analysis of the Weekend’s Official Attendee List.

The 2023 Seminoles class took a hit when longtime FSU conscript TE Randy Pittman resigned Friday after being in the class since April of last year. For the full rundown, see Tim Scribble’s article: Randy Pittman Waivers His Florida State Signing.

As disappointing as the Pittman news was, the FSU received a major addition Sunday, just hours after he wrapped up an official visit to Florida, with a 2023 signing, 4-star offensive tackle Roderick Kearney.

From the LastNoleofKrypton article Four-star offensive lineman Roderick Kearney pledges allegiance to FSU within an hour of official visit to Florida:

He chose FSU over offers LSU, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and many others. From Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Fla., Kearney immediately becomes FSU’s highest-rated engagement, ranking 128th nationally, 6th, and 27th state in the National Composite Rankings of 247 Florida.

As always, check out Florida State Football: OFFICIAL Tribe ’23 Recruiting Thread #3. and join the conversation.


The ‘Noles pulled the trigger on FSU grad and former baseball player Link Jarrett. Jarret was most recently the head coach at Notre Dame.

Jarret delivered an impassioned speech to his former team, explaining why he decided to leave Notre Dame and return closer to home:


On the weekend’s list of 4-star signings, power forward Taylor Bowen chose to bring his talents to Tallahassee.

Bowen is ranked 31st in his class and is the seventh best power forward and second best player in New Hampshire.

A few former Seminoles signed with teams to compete in the Summer League. Malik Osborne signed with the Cavs:

And Anthony Polite signed with Spurs:

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Three players made up the ACC’s 2022 academic softball team. Mack Leonard, Devyn Flaherty, Kaley Mudge and Danielle Watson were all named to the team Friday.

Former players Danielle Watson, Sydney Sherrill and Caylan Arnold will all play at Athletes Unlimited this summer. From Gwyn Rhodes’ Softball to the Pros: Danielle Watson Makes Athletes Unlimited Debut; Arnold & Sherrill

Tomahawk Nation has confirmed that Danielle Watson, previously drafted for USSSA Pride in the WPF, will now compete in the Athletes Unlimited championship season in Rosemont, Illinois from July 29th to August 28th.

As previously reported, Sydney Sherrill has been drafted to AU and will also be joining for the championship season.

Currently, Caylan Arnold, who helped bring the ‘Noles to their WCWS appearance in 2021, is playing in AUX. AUX is a shorter, two-week season that took place in San Diego.

Out of 43 players, Arnold ranks 33rd on the AUX leaderboard with a total of 626 points. In her outings, she has 9.2 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts, 8 runs earned, 0 BB and 5.79 ERA.

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FSU track and field star Trey Cunningham finished second in the men’s 110m hurdle at the USA Track and Field Outdoors, earning his place on Team USA for the World Athletics Championships. Cunningham finished at 1:08 p.m., just a split second behind Kentucky Wildcat Daniel Roberts, who finished at 1:03 p.m.

Cole Anderson placed third on the Korn Ferry Tour with -14 under. After the tour was over, he managed to stay and sign autographs for his fans:

If you’d like to continue to get to know our staff here, check out our series interviewing the writers here at Tomahawk Nation. Our softball writer Gwyn Rhodes will be on the agenda in the coming days.

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