FSU snags top QB Sam Howell from North Carolina

Sam Howell of Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley, committed to FSU on Monday night. (Courtesy Rivals)

FSU, which didn’t sign a quarterback in its 2018 recruiting class, landed a big one for 2019 Monday night when Sam Howell of Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High announced via his Twitter account that he was committing to the Seminoles.

Howell, a 6-foot-1, 217-pound pro-style passer, is the No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback in the country according to 247Sports. He is also the No. 152-ranked player overall.

“I’m proud to announce my commitment to Coach Taggart and Florida State University,” Howell said in a lengthy post on social media.

He’s considered a pro-style QB, but he’s adept at running the ball, as well.

In his first three seasons a Sun Valley, Howell has thrown for 10,175 yards and 109 touchdowns, He has aso run for 2,229 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Howell had a huge season last year, completing 59 percent of his passes (225 of 382) for 3,372 yards and 36 touchdowns, and running for 1,594 more yards and 24 touchdowns.

He is the sixth commitment to the Seminoles’ 2019 recruiting class, joining cornerbacks Akeem Dent of Palm Beach Central and Travis Jay of Madison County, defensive ends Mike Morris of Delray Beach American Heritage and Quashon Fuller of Lehigh and defensive tackle Tru Thompson of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High.

FSU currently has just three quarterbacks on the roster, including starter redshirt-junior Deondre Francois and last year’s starter, due to a Francois injury, sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman.

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