College Football Recruiting: Florida State Adds Athletic Tight End Mavin Saunders

By B.L. Lippert
Melina Vastola-USA Today Sports

The commitments keep on coming for the Florida State Seminoles this week. After news surfaced that athlete Malique Jackson committed to the Seminoles this morning, most fans thought that was it for verbals this weekend. Not the case.

Rant Sports has learned that tight end Mavin Saunders from Houston, Texas has committed to the Seminoles after spending the last few days in Tallahassee. The Bahamas native has only played football for a short time, but has quickly shown the athleticism necessary to be an outstanding tight end. The three-star prospect has garnered more and more interest as the spring has progressed, and is also being recruited by some high profile college basketball teams.

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound tight end is thought of more as a receiving tight end at this point, but does have the frame to grow and could develop as a blocker with time. Saunders had several offers, but was thought to be considering Texas Tech and Ohio State most seriously before verbally committing today.

In high school, Saunders has operated on the outside in a traditional spread offense. He’s shown nice athleticism catching the ball in traffic and has an innate ability for high pointing the ball. In his junior year he had 40 catches for over 500 yards and six touchdowns. Although he’s primarily blocked defensive backs, he has shown strength and a nasty streak that he’ll need to block bigger defensive ends and linebackers in college.

Credit must be given to Tim Brewster, who was his primary recruiter throughout the process. He’s only been on staff for a few months, but he is making his presence known on the recruiting scene.

His latest could end up being a diamond in the rough when he’s given time to develop in Jimbo Fisher‘s system.

B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip.

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