One position where FSU fans can rest easy is at the QB spot. Jimbo Fisher does an outstanding job both evaluating and developing QBs and it is safe to say that this is a position that is stacked today and will continue to be so.
FSU has verbal commitments from J.J. Cosentino and Treon Harris. Both quarterbacks took their teams to state title games (Harris won, Cosentino lost). Harris led Booker T. Washington to the mythical national championship as a senior.
Cosentino is more of the pure quarterback type while Harris compares with the recent trend of 'play-makers' at the position. Cosentino was as good at summer camp as any QB that has come through the last five years. Terrific arm. Accurate. Harris's improvement as a passer, his ability to read defenses, and developing arm strength make him a lot more intriguing as a signal caller than a year ago. He could end up playing a different position if QB does not work out.
Barring an injury to Heisman Trophy winning QB Jameis Winston, neither will play in 2014, but both should be firmly in the mix for the starting job in the Spring of 2015 (assuming Winston goes to the NFL).
There is a lot of uncertainty here with three NFL caliber---draft eligible---juniors. Does only one leave? Two? Three? It is crazy to think about this much uncertainty at this stage, but that is where we sit. If all returned, FSU would need no help at this spot. If two return, the need is lessened considerably. If just one returns, FSU will need a few guys to step up (Mario Pender, Ryan Green) along with the freshmen. Las Vegas would set the O/U at 1.5 here.
FSU has secured a verbal commitment from local product Jonathan Vickers. The 6-foot-0, 215-pound Vickers provides a much needed big back to the equation and is viewed as a prospect that can help early in his career.
There is no doubt that Dalvin Cook sits no. 1 on the board at running back. FSU has recruited Cook hard since the summer and things have, in general, been trending towards FSU for the former Clemson and Florida verbal commitment. Cook is tiring of the process and will be an early enrollee. We think it is FSU and his mind is made up. UF and Miami seem to be the only other possibilities.
Should things go south with Cook, FSU has several other running backs that they have recruited. Donte Thomas-Williams and Shai McKenzie would be the most likely targets, but you can write it in pen that the net would be cast wide in January looking at available running backs. The good news is that FSU will know on Cook in early January and plan accordingly.
Grade: w/ Cook: A. w/o Cook: C
WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END
This is one of the bigger needs and FSU has shuffled through more than a few players. We have seen Markell Pack (Ole Miss) and Ryan Sousa (Florida) de-commit. Dade County receivers Chris Worton and JoJo Robinson remain committed, but it is unclear how strong those commitments are. Worton seems to solid and we will consider him "good to go" at this time. Robinson might be headed to Arkansas or USF.
Travis Rudolph has been trending to FSU for 3-4 months, but a weekend visit to Alabama has given him something to think about. Rudolph is a key recruit because he can step up and play immediately.
Ermon Lane has quietly kept the lines of communication open with FSU. The Florida 'commit' will visit in January and has the highest ceiling of any receiver on the board. Things definitely look good today, but it is hard to count on Lane as he has had many favorites throughout the process.
FSU is swimming uphill on Malachi Dupre. The Louisiana native has LSU out in front, but Winston (and FSU's offense in general) have given him something to think about. He will visit in mid-January where FSU will need to turn him and then hold on for dear life until pen hits the paper.
FSU has never stopped recruiting Miami commitment Darrell Langham. At 6-5, Langham has the length that Jimbo covets and he has seemed to receptive to a visit. He will be tough to claw away from Miami.
North Miami Beach's Steve Ishmael is likely headed to Syracuse today, a FSU offer and visit would change his mind.
At Tight End the situation is a lot more settled. Mavin Saunders and Ryan Izzo are both excellent prospects and the help to shore up the depth chart. Saunders flirted with Oregon, but appears to be solid and Izzo never wavered.
Bottom line, there is work to do at wide receiver.
FSU can not be sitting in a better spot than they are today on the offensive line. The 'Noles have secured commitments from JUCO Chad Mavety (May enrollee), Alec Eberle, Corey Martinez, Ethan Frith, and Brock Ruble.
FSU has done everything possible to land Frank Ragnow, now they must sit back and see what he decides. We feel there is a chance, but FSU may be behind Minnesota at this time.
That would give FSU seven offensive linemen, including two immediate impact JUCO's.
We would not expect FSU to be 'done' at the spot, although numbers wise they would be in excellent shape. Damian Prince needs to be recruited until signing day and East Gadsden offensive linemen Derrick Kelly has expressed a clear desire to play in Tallahassee.
There is nothing to complain about here.