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The Ten Most Important Recruits Of The Jimbo Fisher Era At FSU

Who are the ten most important recruits and players of the Jimbo Fisher era? Find out below.

The Jimbo Fisher era at Florida State has been filled with 4 and 5 star recruits. They have won 3 conference titles and a National Championship with Fisher at the helm. These 10 players have helped the Seminoles return to greatness, and set the tone for the future.

10. 2015 5-star DB Derwin James

James has only been at Florida State for one season, but his play and his recruitment place him on the list. As a recruit, James committed to Florida State two years before he signed and never wavered. He even got a Florida State tattoo. James play on the field was incredible as a freshman, and many are wondering if he will be the best safety to ever come out of Tallahassee.

9. 2011 4-star WR Kelvin Benjamin

Benjamin's play in 2013 might warrant him being higher on the list, but he only had one year of production. It was a year to remember though as he absolutely ripped through Clemson and Florida, and made the National Championship winning catch against Auburn that year. It also helps that he was considered a Florida lock heading into his senior season. 

8. 2012 K Roberto Aguayo

If I had said that Aguayo would be on a list like this right after he signed with Florida State I would have been laughed at, but there is no doubt at all that he deserves to be here. He is the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, never missed an extra point or a kick inside 40 yards, and was a Lou Groza award winner and finalist. 

7. 2014 5-star RB Dalvin Cook

Cook has had an incredible two years at Florida State, and is now the single season record holder for rushing yards. He's gone for over 1,000 yards in back to back seasons, the first running back to do so since Warrick Dunn, and is a Heisman favorite heading into his Junior season. Cook is the rare slap in the face to two rival programs. He was a Clemson commit before flipping to Florida during his recruitment, and then flipped to Florida State at Under Armour practice. 

6. 2011 5-star DT Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan was another Florida lock that signed with Florida State. Taking players from your biggest rival is always a good thing, but it's especially good when they come in the form of the most dominant defensive tackle Florida State has had in over a decade. He was the dominant force in the middle of the 2013 National Championship defense. 

5. 2011 4-star RB Devonta Freeman

It may surprise some that Freeman is higher on the list than Cook is, but Freeman has completed his career and Cook still has a year left to pass him. Freeman was extremely underrated at the start of his recruitment before Jimbo Fisher found him and offered him. His childhood favorite school Miami didn't offer him until well after, and he used that to be a pain in the Hurricanes side for the three years he was at Florida State. Freeman was an all around excellent back, and just as capable of burning teams as a rusher or a receiver, and was a main piece to the offensive puzzle for the 2013 National Championship team.

4. 2013 5-star DB Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey did it all at Florida State. He was the first cornerback to start in his first game as a true freshman since Deion Sanders. He switched to safety and was a key player on the 2013 National Championship defense. As a sophomore he switched to the star position, and was even more dominant. As a junior he switched to cornerback, and while his stats went down, his impact was still impressive. He shut down his side of the field, and helped Florida State post another Top-10 defense. 

3. 2011 4-star WR Rashad Greene

Greene isn't just the best wide receiver of the Jimbo Fisher, he is one of the top two or three receivers in Florida State history. He wasn't flashy, but he was always in the right spot. He was deceptively fast, and consistent catching the ball. He was the leading receiver on the team all four years he was at Florida State, and Florida State definitely would not have won the 2013 National Championship without him. He is the career leading in receptions and receiving yards, as well as being tied for second in receiving touchdowns.

2. 2010 5-star S Lamarcus Joyner

Joyner was the first big time recruit that Jimbo Fisher signed at Florida State, and he lived up to the billing. Joyner played three different positions at Florida State, cornerback, safety, and star, and dominated at all three. He was especially great at the star position flying around the field in 2013. Joyner helped change the perception of Florida State from the lost years of the late 2000s into what it is now.

1. 2012 5-star QB Jameis Winston

Winston is obviously the most important recruit of the Jimbo Fisher era. He led the Seminoles to the 2013 National Championship, won a Heisman Trophy (along with many other awards), and finished his career with a 26-1 record as a starter. He put Florida State back on the national stage, and left the Seminoles as the single season record holder for completions and touchdowns. He was second in passing yards. He is second on the career passing touchdown list despite playing in at least 8 games less than every other quarterback in the Top-15.

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