On Saturday night, one of the top prospects from within the class of 2013 made his announcement.
Well, Rathan-Mayes was the first, but not the last addition for FSU this past weekend. On Sunday, 2013 forward Jarquez Smith also pledged his commitment.
The pair of decisions marked the first two additions for Hamilton from the senior class, and what better way to begin forming your crop of newcomers for next season than with two top-100 recruits?
Rathan-Mayes, listed as the 25th best prospects from within the senior class according to Rivals, will head to Florida State by way of Huntington Prep (WV), despite being an original native of Ontario, Canada. As for Smith, Rivals lists him at No. 108 overall, while ESPN pins him at No. 78.
Smith, a Georgia native, currently attends Jones County H.S. (GA), and ran with the Georgia Stars during his time on the AAU circuit. The six-foot-nine forward pledged his decision following a weekend visit to the Tallahassee-based campus.
The additions of both Rathan-Mayes and Smith undoubtedly boosts the Seminoles’ expectations in the coming years. While the ACC will expand and welcome newcomers to the league effective in 2013, the difficulty and excitement within the conference is only building.
Fresh off an ACC Tournament title a season ago, Florida State had been looking to build around senior guard Michael Snaer in 2012-13; but a solid crop of young talent, mixed with the incoming talent both this season and next certainly brightens the Seminoles’ future. Let’s not forget, FSU remains among the top targets of 2014 star and top overall prospect, Andrew Wiggins, who is a high school teammate of Rathan-Mayes.
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