Coach Rick Trickett has been vilified of Florida State message boards since he took over for his lack luster recruiting classes. While Trickett is known as a fantastic offensive line coach and has turned many three-star players into NFL offensive lineman, he has also fallen short numbers wise at the position.
Coach Jimbo Fisher has taken a new approach to offensive tackle recruiting this year. The Noles have almost doubled the number of offers they sent out last year and the recruits senior seasons have just begun. We have seen the number of offensive tackle offers jump every year since Jimbo Fisher took over.
We have also seen the net that the coaching staff has used to recruit offensive tackles widen. In 2010 the Seminoles offered nine offensive tackles in eight different states. In 2011 they offered 19 offensive tackles in nine different states. In 2012 it was 25 offers from 12 states. In 2013 it was 23 offers from 12 different states.
Now let's look at the 2014 offensive tackle offers so far. The Noles have offered a whopping 38 offensive tackles from 18 different states. Jimbo Fisher has made the offensive line, specifically the offensive tackle position, a higher priority than in recent years. This is one of the main reasons why the Seminoles are doing a much better job recruiting the position this year.
Florida State currently has one offensive tackle commitment from three-star Ethan Frith (Summit (Miss.) North Pike Senior). The Seminoles are also in great shape for four-star Damian Prince (Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara), four-star Roderick Johnson (Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central), JUCO four-star Chad Mavety (Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C.) and three-star Frank Ragnow (Chanhassen (Minn.)). Coach Fisher has obviously changed his recruiting philosophy for this position. Now it's time to see if it works.