Florida State’s recruiting class currently sits second in the Scout.com team rankings. Miami currently holds the No. 1 class ranking, but sits just 19 points ahead of the Seminoles despite having six more commitments. There are still ten months left between now and signing day, but just how good is this start by the Seminoles?
Last years No. 1 ranked class, Southern Cal, had just two of their final commitments on board this early into the recruiting cycle. Alabama’s No. 2 ranked class had just nine. Going off recruiting cycles in the past it is unlikely that all 14 commitments will stick with Florida State in the end, but having this many blue chip recruits this early in the cycle is pretty incredible.
Recruiting has changed over the last few years, and getting the top players committed early and recruiting for your team is more important than ever. Florida State has six players that are in the Top-6 ranking at their position, and two, Levonta Taylor and Baveon Johnson, who are in the Top-2. Eight of the fourteen commitments are in the 2016 Scout 300 and four of them are in the Top-100. Ten of them have a rating of four star or higher.
Five of the Seminole commits have been invited to The Opening finals in Oregon with Levonta Taylor posting the top SPARQ rating in the country this season with a 140.16. Baveon Johnson and Isaac Nauta were the first players to be invited at their respective positions this season.
Scout also has a couple of the Florida State commitments rated too low and they will receive a major bump when it comes time for summer camps and the fall. Malik Henry is rated as the No. 107 player in the country and No. 6 quarterback at this point on Scout, but he’s a Top-20 player in the country on every other major recruiting site. Once he takes part in the Elite 11 he will move up significantly. Florida State’s longest commitment Cedric Wood did not attend any camps this spring and it caused him to be moved down to a 3-star. He’s a Top-300 guy and will likely get his fourth star back when the summer camp evaluations come around.
To add to this already stellar class, Florida State leads or is in the running for eight more members of the Scout 300, including three in the Top-25 and the No. 2 recruit in the country Shavar Manuel. This is setting up to be an all time great class for the Seminoles, thanks in large part to the terrific start Jimbo Fisher and company have gotten off too.