Seminoles land 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat

BY Hana Ostapchuk • December 10, 2014

After 29 straight victories the Seminoles have become used to winning on the field, but after securing one of the nation's top prospects on Wednesday they have now succeeded in capturing a large victory away from it as well.

With an assist from his mother, Josh Sweat, a 5-star defensive end out of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., announced he would attend Florida State starting in 2015.

The No. 3-ranked prospect in the nation according to Scout.com, Sweat was considering Ohio State, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia, but eventually chose FSU. This is a huge get for the Seminoles, who currently have the nation's No. 3 recruiting class per Scout.com.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Sweat has drawn comparisons to last year's NFL No. 1 overall pick DE Jadeveon Clowney because of his size, speed (4.5 40-yard dash), strength and ability to get after the passer. But after suffering a serious knee injury in his senior year, it remains to be seen if he comes back with the same agility, power and force.

Sweat is a blue-chip recruit whom every school desired, but his decision now turns Florida State's recruiting process from building for the future to retooling for the present.


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