They want it badly again in Tallahassee. Certainly Jimbo Fisher has recruited exceptional well as the head coach of FSU. In fact, you can make a strong case that the only team that has out-recruited Fisher and the ‘Noles is the Crimson Tide. The difference is that Nick Saban has converted great recruiting classes into championships.
Could Florida State be on that path as well?
Last night marked the debut of former five-star quarterback Jameis Winston. He was simply sensational. No one could have written a better opening night script for the red-shirt freshman. Sure it's one game and in a very long season. But for the first time in a long time Seminole fans truly have hope that they have found their guy. They were not the only ones that took notice. It was eye opening to recruits across the board, especially Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala.), the No. 11 rated player in the country.
"I thought the game was pretty great man," Humphrey said. "Jameis, I know him a little, and he is a stud. A guy, like me, coming from the state of Alabama should strive to make the state look good at the next level. I know it was just Pitt but on a big stage like that is big time. I was impressed with the names I was hearing on the FSU team. Two sport guys everywhere!"
Humphrey wasn't the only big name recruit that was excited about what he saw. Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau CC offensive tackle Chad Mavety, the No. 8 JUCO player in the country, liked what he saw out of the Seminoles.
"Hell of a game," Mavety said. "Florida State showed a lot of good things and Jameis did great. Showed he can lead his team to battle."
Winston and the Seminoles really impressed a trio of highly rated running backs. 2015 Scout 300 members Jordan Scarlett (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, University School) and Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla, Timber Creek) as well as 2014 Scout 300 member Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C.).
"It was a great performance all around," Scarlett said. "I love the Offensive line." "That man [Winston] is the truth," Patrick said. "I expected him to do well. He'll be another first round QB coach [Jimbo] Fisher has coached up!" "I thought it was a great team win for them," said Scott. "I thought [Winston] looked really well. Only two incomplete passes for the whole game and he's a freshman."
Seminole commitments, 2014 cornerback Malique Jackson (Jesup, Ga, Wayne County) and 2015 Scout 300 safety Derwin James (Haines City, Fla), are confident that Winston will lead the Seminoles to a big season.
"Winston played an awesome game," Jackson said. "He shows that he can lead the team to a bunch wins in the season."