Class of 2023 Four-star defensive line prospect Wilky Denaud made his second trip to Tallahassee this spring on Friday night, when the Fort Pierce (Fla.) John Carrol product visited Florida State for a weekend visit highlighted by the Seminoles’ annual spring game.
“Today was a very good day,” said Denaud regarding the visit on Saturday afternoon. “Just to get up here and experience the spring game feel. With Coach (Mike) Norvell and the guys, I like how they played today. It was a good experience for me.”
Experiencing Doak and Spring Game
This was Denaud’s first opportunity to see something resembling a gameday experience at Florida State. He described what he felt inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
“It was a nice feeling, and the energy was there,” said Denaud. “With the warchant and all that, you know this is home, and everyone here is just one big family.”
During the scrimmage, Denaud kept an eye on the defensive line, especially the defensive ends during the scrimmage, where he is being recruited to play by the FSU staff.
“Just how they play and their physicality,” said Denaud when asked what he was looking for from the defensive front. “Just how they match up against the offensive line.”
Relationships with Coaches
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect discussed his broad range of relationships with the coaches on FSU’s staff.
“I pretty much talk to every single coach,” said Denaud. “There are some days where me and Coach Norvell have a full day of conversation. Some days Coach Odell (Haggins) calls me on the phone in the morning and we’ll talk in the morning and afternoon. Then there’s some days where me and Coach Ron (Dugans) talk, some days me and Coach Adam (Fuller) talk. It just depends on the day, but whoever calls first is who I’m talking to throughout the day.”
Standing with FSU and Others in Recruitment
Denaud, who slots as the 39th best DL prospect and the 284th overall prospect in his class by the 247Sports Composite rankings visited FSU on March 5 as well, where he named the Seminoles the leader in his recruitment. Where does FSU now after another visit?
“They definitely stand in the top 5,” said Denaud. “There’s just some things that I want to finalize first and explore all my options first before I make that big decision.”
Auburn and Florida are a pair of schools outside of Florida State that stand out to Denaud in his recruitment.
Denaud said he plans to visit Florida for their spring game (April 14) as well as Auburn during the remainder of spring. While he does not have them all sorted out, Denaud noted that he will “most likely” take one of his five possible official visits to Florida State.
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