Despite losing six assistant coaches all within eight weeks of National Signing Day, Florida State still managed to finish with a very strong recruiting class – which is a tribute to head coach Jimbo Fisher's relentless work ethic.
Fisher certainly lost a lot of sleep during that time, but it certainly paid off on signing day.
FSU's class featured 22 signees, including two early enrollees, and finished ranked 16th in the final Scout.com class rankings.
The class was headlined by five-star defenders Jalen Ramsey and Matthew Thomas. Ramsey was a surprise late addition to the class when he decided to flip his commitment from USC and sign with the Seminoles.
As Fisher addressed the media Wednesday afternoon to recap the last six weeks, he made it clear that newly hired defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was critical in landing Ramsey as well as others.
In regards to Thomas, the No. 2 rated OLB, Fisher said that it was his own personal relationship that kept Thomas from looking elsewhere when FSU lost ace recruiter James Coley just two weeks before signing day. Thomas had been FSU's top defensive target for the past two years or so, and is a special football player that, if nothing else, has a knack for winning.
"He's one of those guys, he can change the game," Fisher said of Thomas." Tall, explosive, athletic. He's outside he can rush, he can cover ... whoever's team he is on usually wins."
But Fisher was also quick to praise the efforts of his newly hired staff members for their ability to establish strong relationships with recruits rather quickly.
"I think our new staff did a tremendous job of going out very quickly and building relationships with the new recruits and establishing who they are as coaches and what they are as men and our guys bought into it very well," Fisher said. "I'm very proud of their effort and once again I think it was a great day, I thought we met a lot of needs in what we did and very proud of our class and like I said we got a little bit of every position. Throughout the whole class and we met a lot of needs."