Seminoles Dominating The State Of Florida

Florida State has a big edge in talent against Florida and Miami

Since Jimbo Fisher took over at Florida State, the Seminoles have surged back into the national spotlight and reaped the rewards on the recruiting trail. Over the past five years Florida State has finished with an average recruiting class ranking of 8th in the country including two Top-3 classes. While the Seminoles have been among the top teams in the country in both the polls and recruiting rankings their instate rivals haven’t had the same success. Florida has finished with an average recruiting class ranking of 15th while Miami was at 24th.

Delving deeper into just how far apart these three teams are talent wise, we see that Florida State has more five star players on their roster than Florida and Miami combined.

Florida State

Florida

Miami

5-star

10

5

4

4-star

29

25

18

3-star

37

42

48

2-star

2

1

5

NR

0

0

2

The Florida State roster currently has a 50-percent blue chip rating with half of the scholarship players being 4-stars or higher. Only Alabama has recruited at a higher level than the Seminoles the past five years and it’s showing on the field with the Seminoles going 29-1 over the last 30 games.

Florida sits at 41-percent blue chip prospects. The Gators much closer with regards to talent, but that talent lies mostly on the defensive side of the football. New head coach Jim McElwain will have his hands full on the offensive side of the ball this season.

Miami has fallen to just 28.5-percent blue chip recruits on their roster, and for a program that resides in arguably the most talent rich city in the country that number is incredibly low. The Hurricanes coaching staff did have to deal with the threat of recruiting sanctions for most of the five year period, but last years class, with that threat gone, came in at 39th in the recruiting rankings with just three blue chip recruits headed to Coral Gables.

Florida State

Florida

Miami

5-star

7

4

4

4-star

16

18

12

3-star

16

25

27

2-star

1

1

3

NR

0

0

1

Florida State has also dominated recruiting in the state over the last five years with 57.5-percent blue chip players from Florida on the roster. Florida again isn’t too far behind Florida State with 45.8-percent of their Florida recruits earning blue chip status. Miami is well behind both schools with 34.7-percent.

The Seminoles are on the verge of setting, or tying, the record for most players drafted in the NFL over a three-year span, but when you bring in the classes that Jimbo Fisher and company have over the last few years it’s more about reloading than rebuilding.

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