The Eve of National Signing Day

While FSU looks to finish the 2013 recruiting class strong, here's a look at what could make or break signing day for the Seminoles.

On the eve of National Signing Day coach Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles are still waiting on several prospects to finish the 2013 recruiting class in true Seminole fashion.

One of the most anticipated signing day announcements will come from five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas. It's been a constant back and forth battle for the state of Florida's top-ranked linebacker.

In addition to the Seminoles, other finalists include Alabama, Georgia, Miami, and USC. While Thomas has kept his decision close to the vest throughout his recruitment, all signs point to FSU being in a very good spot.

Thomas is just one in the group of talented prospects that the Seminoles will be waiting on to announce their decision.

Much has been speculated about the impact that losing six assistant coaches over the last eight weeks would have on the Seminoles come signing day.

There's no question that coaching turnover has had an impact. Some good, and some not so good.

FSU lost commitments of Pratville (Ala.) four-star offensive lineman Austin Golson and Chamblee (Ga.) four-star defensive end Davin Bellamy due to those departures. FSU also lost some ground with a few other prospects who had developed a relationship with former staff members. But the new staff has done everything possible to forge new relationships and remain in a good spot. However, the impact of the turnover will ultimately be decided on Wednesday.

On the flip side, the new coaches have been able bring some new prospects on the table for FSU who likely would have had no shot otherwise. FSU is now a real player for Brentwood (Tenn.) five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Eight Mile (Ala.) three-star offensive lineman Wilson Bell, and New Smyrna Beach (Fl.) three-star defensive end Davarez Bryant.

Additionally, the Seminoles pulled off a huge steal when Jacksonville (Fl.) Sandalwood four-star defensive end Demarcus Walker pulled a late switch from the Crimson Tide to the Seminoles. Walker was an early enrollee, and is already on campus in Tallahassee.

Often times there's a surprise on Signing Day, and perhaps Walker was this year's surprise for FSU. However, there are a few other targets that if FSU were able to sign, would be deemed a big surprise as well.

The previously mentioned Ramsey would definitely be a big surprise to many fans. Ramsey has been committed to USC since last summer and has remained relatively firm in that commitment. If Ramsey were to flip to FSU, all the credit would be due to newly hired defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Since joining Fisher's staff, Pruitt has made Ramsey a high priority and put FSU in a very good position heading in to Signing Day tomorrow.

In addition to Thomas and Ramsey, there are a few other prospects that would certainly be icing on the cake for FSU fans. At the top is Oakland Park (Fla.) four-star wide receiver Stacy Coley. Coley is another prospect whose recruitment has been rather difficult to keep up with.

The biggest factor with Coley that weighs in FSU's favor is his close relationship with wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, as well as his mother's. However, Coley is a Miami-area kid and you just never know if a kid wants to stay close to home.

The ‘Noles could potentially land two other top targets in Delray Beach (Fla.) four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant and Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington four-star offensive tackle Denver Kirkland.

Regardless of if FSU completes a clean sweep of the "possible" targets, or simply lands just one or two, Jimbo Fisher has done a heck of job keeping this class in tact. Once again proving he's one of the best recruiters in the business.


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