Official visitors will tell the story

The 2011 class was epic for Florida State's rebuilding process, and 2012 looks to be another tremendous class in the making.

Last year, Florida State was simply amazing, hitting on over 80 percent of its official visitors. That was made even more efficient by the fact that it was a big class. To remind you, the only players that visited and did not sign with FSU were Matt Williams, Jermauria Rasco, Aaron Lynch, Tony Steward, and Aundrey Walker.

Of those Lynch was once a commitment, Rasco may have committed at one point and Steward was a long-time lean. Williams was a longshot, but he did come with a teammate that signed with FSU (Jacob Fahrenkrug). Walker was a tough pull from an Ohio State pipeline, although he went to USC.

What this really shows us is that FSU does not play games with recruits. That might seem obvious and like every school does it, but that would be far from the case. They target many, many players, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, it is clear that they are only bringing in kids who have legit interest in coming to Tallahassee.

It is a refreshing approach on the recruiting trail, and it makes our job a little easier in trying to figure out exactly what is going on inside the building.

So far this year ,FSU has had six official visitors. The two "EGs" visited Sept. 17th. Evan Goodman is an Arizona State commitment, but it is thought that if he has a change of heart, Tallahassee might be where he plays his college ball. Eddie Goldman has FSU at or near the top at this time.

On Nov. 12th, FSU hosted Kwon Alexander and Tracy Howard. Alexander is a tough pull from Alabama, but getting him on a visit showed that there is some interest. He looks like a signing-day decision. FSU sits in very good shape with Howard at this time.

On Nov. 19th, FSU hosted Mario Pender and Daniel Glauser. Both players are now committed and will enroll in January.

Moving forward, FSU has two weekends left in December to host visitors. These are really the final two weeks for JUCO players to take an official visit before they enroll in January or for high school seniors preparing to arrive early. At this time, we know of two JUCO cornerbackss on the radar and at least three JUCO offensive linemen. Travell Dixon appears to have a better chance of getting in the class than Mohammed Seisay -- as expected, his visit is in doubt. The question with both is whether FSU really needs a JUCO corner that bad.

In January, Florida State hosts weekends that will have more than a few verbal commits in town working on the undecided prospects.

By my math, FSU will host at least 14 more commits, and these are the top remaining targets: Dixon, Barry Sanders Jr., Andrus Peat and Josh Harvey-Clemens.

There will, of course, be a surprise or two along the way, and we will monitor that situation.

The bottom line is this: Watch what they do, not what they say. That's a very easy way to follow FSU recruiting. If a recruit "officially" visits, Florida State stands a good chance of reeling him in.


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