Florida State signed another excellent recruiting class that averaged 3.94 stars per recruit. Of the 21 signees, 8 early enrolled and will be eligible to participate in spring practice including three of the four 5-stars in the class. Some of the recruits will need time to develop before making an impact while others will be able to step in right away. Here are Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class award winners.
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This one is a no brainer. 5-star safety Derwin James enrolled early and should be able to challenge for playing time at the star or safety position. James is an elite athlete with an excellent feel for the game. He will likely earn a starting job at some point next season.
4-star running back Jacques Patrick is the runner up here. Patrick is the big back that Florida State needed for next year and should get plenty of carries in short yardage.
3-star offensive guard Cole Minshew is extremely underrated and it’s surprising that he remained as a 3-star throughout his recruitment. Minshew is 6-foot-6, 350-pounds and moves extremely well for his size. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett loves him and said he expects him to challenge for playing time this season.
Derwin James is also in the running here, but this category has to go to 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat. Sweat injured his knee during his senior season, and may not be ready for the beginning of the 2015 season. If he is able to recover fully from his injury he could be a potential Top-5 pick in the NFL draft in a couple seasons. Before his injury he was the No. 1 player in the country, and is one of the most explosive athletes out there.
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As I said at the beginning of this article some recruits need time to develop before they make an impact. The player that exemplifies the most in this class is 4-star offensive tackle Abdul Bello. Bello is from Nigeria and hasn’t been playing football long, but he was rated as a Top-5 tackle in the 2015 class. With a couple years under coach Trickett he could develop into one of the best tackles in the country.
5-star receiver George Campbell wins this on hands down. He clocked a 4.36 at the Opening in 2016. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that he does that at 6-foot-3. He has a chance to make an early impact not just as a receiver, but also as a return man.
This was one of the tougher categories to decide, but 4-star wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips gets the nod. Phillips isn’t the biggest receiver, but he is very physical and at the Under Armour All American game physically dominated 5-star LSU cornerback Kevin Tolliver.
The biggest surprise has to go to 4-star cornerback Marcus Lewis, who Florida State recruited for just a few days. Davis was an Under Armour All American and was committed to Kentucky and Florida at different points in his recruitment.