The resurgence of Florida State recruiting

Since Jimbo Fisher took over for the great Bobby Bowden in 2010 Florida State recruiting has drastically improved, even though the team rankings don't necessarily show it.

Classes that ranked 9th, 1st, 11th, and 16th don't look that much better than the last four years of the Bowden Era. Those classes ranked 12th, 33rd, 8th, and 18th.

Class Ranking

Other than the 33rd ranked class most would consider those classes respectable. However, when we delved deeper into those rankings a disturbing trend appeared. 48 of the 102 players that committed to Florida State from 2006-2009 didn't make it on campus or left the program. 15 of those were from the 2007 class that only had 20 commitments in it. Although still early, when you compare that to the 18 players that have left the program from 2010-2013 it's staggering.


There has also been a jump in the number of five-star players between the two time frames. The 2006-2009 classes only brought in six, while the 2010-2013 classes brought in 16. The three and four star numbers are fairly equal between the two, 75 to 73 in favor of the 2006-2009 range, but the number of two-star players brought in is another giant gap. From 2006-2009 the Seminoles brought in 20 two-star recruits while 2010-2013 has only brought in two.

Star Comparison

The number one reason for this drastic improvement has to be staff cohesion. It is no secret that during the latter years of the Bowden era that there was trouble inside the locker room and coaching offices. If Florida State hadn't had Kevin Steele to rely on during the mid-2000's Florida State could have fallen off completely. That all changed when Jimbo Fisher brought in his own staff headlined by high profile recruiters Dameyune Craig, James Coley, and Eddie Gran. Odell Haggins, who was blasted on the message boards after the Marvin Austin recruitment, has been reenergized and pulled two top 5 defensive tackles in the last three years.

At the end of the 2012 season Florida State had mass turnover losing six coaches between November and February. Jimbo was up to the challenge and brought in two past recruiters of the year in Jeremy Pruitt and Sal Sunseri. Even with all of the turnover Jimbo's new staff managed to bring in a very respectable No. 16 rated class headlined by Mathew Thomas and late flips Demarcus Walker and Jalen Ramsey.

That staff immediately started on the 2014 class which, as of now, is the third best in the nation. They have accumulated 24 commitments already, including five-star linebacker Kain Daub, and are in it with some very high profile targets like Roderick Johnson, Damien Prince, Chad Mavety, Marlon Humphrey, Tony Brown, Derrick Nnadi, and Thomas Holley. One thing you can count on is that as long as Jimbo Fisher remains head coach at Florida State the Seminoles will not be short on talent.

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