As recruiting approaches the finish line, with National Signing Day one week away, how has Florida State filled its needs at each position group?
E.J. Manuel: While 2011 was his first year starting, Manuel had started games as a freshmen and sophomore. He has 4,344 career passing yards with 24 TD passes and 18 interceptions. It is expected that Manuel will have a big senior season, as he has firmly grasped the intricacies of the offense. Eligibility for 2012: RS Senior
Clint Trickett: The man who couldn't play at FSU... did. And Trickett played real well when given the opportunity. He really impressed with his ability to throw the ball down the field and stand tall in the pocket. Trickett threw for 675 yards with 7 TD passes. He is the top backup entering spring ball. Eligibility for 2012: RS Sophomore
Jacob Coker: Coker redshirted last year, and early reports range from "bright future" to "a bit inconsistent" throwing the football. One thing is for certain: He looks the part. Coker's athleticism should make him a great fit in the offense. He will have a shot to earn the backup role in the spring but is still considered a little raw. He almost certainly will be in the mix during the spring of 2013 to take the open starting spot. Eligibility for 2012: RS Freshmen
Will Secord: He appears to be the odd man out as we enter spring football. Trickett, who is a year younger, received the snaps when Manuel went down with an injury. Bottom line: It is now or never for Secord. Eligibility for 2012: RS Junior
Jameis Winston: Widely considered a top-three QB recruit in the country, Winston is one of the gems of the recruiting class. He is viewed as a perfect fit for coach Jimbo Fisher's offense and has all the tools to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Ward. Baseball is an issue for both the MLB Draft and playing at FSU. Should be commit to football, he has a great chance to follow Manuel as the starter. Winston has a lot of confidence, and that should help him early in his career.
Sean Maguire: FSU targeted two QBs, and Maguire jumped at the opportunity. He was not used as a passer in high school and needs to add weight and strength to his frame. Those two things make him a bit of a long-term project, but he has the tools to make an impact down the road. FSU fans can hope that he develops at a similar rate to Christian Ponder. He is that type of recruit.
EARLY LOOK AT 2013
While the depth chart does not scream "need" in 2013, we think FSU would like to land a QB every year. There are five in-state candidates that might tickle Fisher's fancy: Daryyl Richardson, Asiantii Woulard, Parker Boehme, Kurt Benkert and Akeem Jones.
Summary: There is no question that the 2012 season will have FSU's deepest depth chart in a long time, perhaps ever. The future looks bright with Trickett, Coker and Winston as well.