Don Callahan/Inside Carolina

FSU Meets Needs Without Sacrificing Talent

Florida State hit big with the 2016 recruiting class, and met all their needs at the same time.

It was a great day for the Florida State coaching staff as the Seminoles closed on six 4-star or higher prospects. The Seminoles already had an impressive class heading into Signing Day, and the new additions pushed it over the top. Florida State finished with the No. 3 class on Scout, but finished with the No. 1 class according to ESPN. 

Florida State finished with 15 recruits rated in the Top-300 and a 68 percent blue chip rating for the class with two kickers and a fullback included. The Florida State coaching staff did an excellent job of meeting their needs at every position while not sacrificing talent to do so.

Quarterback: 4-star Malik Henry was one of the best for the cycle. No one questioned his on the field ability, and he's already on campus ready to compete for the starting job. 

Running Back: 4-star Amir Rasul gives the Seminoles the speed back that they were looking for. He is an excellent receiver out of the back field, and, while it was a down year for running backs across the board, Florida State got the one they wanted.

Full Back: 3-star Gabe Nabers was a late addition to the class, but he's a true full back for what Florida State wants to do on the offensive side of the ball. 

Wide Receiver: Florida State got their guy in 4-star Keith Gavin. He's a freak athlete with great size and ability. The Seminoles only needed one here, and got the one they were after.

Tight End: Florida State lost out on 5-star Isaac Nauta, but landed arguably the toughest player in the country. He's going to be a multi-year starter for the Seminoles.

Offensive Line: Florida State landed the best offensive line class in the country. 4-star tackles Josh Ball and Jauan Williams both provide excellent size, length, and ability. 4-star guard Landon Dickerson and 3-star Mike Arnold are both big, physical players on the interior. 4-star center Baveon Johnson and 3-star Andrew Boselli are total opposites, but compliment each other well. Johnson has the size and ability to be the top center in the country. Boselli isn't physically imposing, but he's smart, and gets better with each rep he takes. Both will contribute before they're finished at FSU.

Defensive End: The Seminoles landed two of the most highly sought after defensive ends in the country in 5-star Brian Burns and 4-star Janarius Robinson. Both Burns and Robinson will need time to develop, but both have the potential to be elite players in the future.

Defensive tackle: Florida State landed a very nice mix at defensive tackle. 4-star JUCO DT Walvenski Aime comes in with 3 years to play 3, and will have a chance to compete for playing time this spring. The Seminoles also brought in 4-star Shavar Manuel and 3-star Cedric Wood. Both will get some time to develop before they're needed.

Linebacker: Florida State had a big need at linebacker, and they met it head on. 4-stars Keion Joyner and Dontavious Jackson are both highly thought of. Jackson is a true middle linebacker that is a head hunter while Joyner is able to play outside or inside. 3-stars Josh Brown and Emmett Rice are both very underrated. Brown is already on campus, and will fight for playing time this spring. Rice will need time to put on some weight, but he could end up as the best of the group with his ability.

Defensive Back: It all starts with 5-star cornerback Levonta Taylor here. Taylor is a true alpha dog that has never met a receiver he couldn't lock down. He backs it up with his play on the field, and will be an immediate impact player for the Seminoles. 4-stars Carlos Becker and Kyle Meyers are both long, athletic prospects that can play either safety or cornerback. Something Florida State prioritizes in their recruitment.

Special Teams: Florida State landed two of the best kickers in the country in 3-stars Logan Tyler and Ricky Aguayo. Aguayo is already on campus so he will have a leg up on the kicking competition, but Tyler may be the best specialist in the entire country. It will be interesting to see how the battles play out.

Florida State turned in arguably their best class under Jimbo Fisher in 2016. It's comparable to the 2011 class that was able to lead the Seminoles to the 2013 National Championship. I'm sure Florida State fans wouldn't mind a repeat of that.

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