Decision Time

Big wins on the football field have helped the Florida State Seminoles secure some big wins off the field in terms of recruiting, according to FSU recruiting coordinator <b>John Lilly.</b> The Seminoles are bracing themselves for Wednesday's National Signing Day.

There's not much Florida State's coaching staff can do at this point in terms of recruiting. The majority of the work has been completed.

Still, the Seminoles must be alert, aggressive and prepared. A poised recruiting coordinator John Lilly, however, feels good about his staff's effort as National Signing Day is just hours away.

The fax maching will begin humming very shortly, and FSU is expected to ink one of the nation's best classes.

"Every year it's usually the same type of situations that go on," Lilly said.

"I think most of the guys who are committed to you, it's basically just making sure they understand what they have to do to make it official. There will be a couple that there will be some fires to put out and some people are still working very hard on them. So you have to always prepare for that and try to make sure you don't leave any stone unturned as far as those things are concerned.

"There will always be a few that we go to the wire with that we have no idea what they are going to do and I am not even sure they don't have any idea what they are going to do."

Lilly believes the Seminoles will fill their needs on Wednesday, though defensive concerns remain.

"I think that's the biggest thing right now," Lilly said.

"When you sit down after you have a signing class and you start to look at what your team is going to look like the next year...and the end of this week we will sit down and look at what are gonna be our biggest needs for the next year, all things being equal, and really try to recruit with that in mind.

"A lot of people would like to see you sign the entire USA Today All-American team or whatever. But, as far as we are concerned, as long as we can get those numbers that we need to at certain positions, that's how we are going to judge the success or failure in our recruiting."

Lilly also believes the Seminoles' success on the field last season has helped translate into a solid recruiting effort.

"We talk a lot during the season about one of the best things we can do this week for recruiting is win this game," Lilly said.

"You are always fighting for recruiting meeting time and you are always fighting for game plan meeting time and usually game plan is going to win during the week. Again, you want to make sure you want to win the game.

"You can have a great plan in recruiting but if you go 0-11, then you probably aren't going to sign many guys. Or not the right kind of guys. I think the way we finished the year, with a couple really exciting wins, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 11th time in 12 years and going to a BCS bowl, and playing Miami in a game that, in the public eyes meant very little, but I think Florida State and Miami both showed how important it was to them because there were a lot of pretty good licks laid in that game, and almost to the point where I think a lot of people could have cared less what the score was.

"When you start talking to people, it wasn't as if we had come out on the short end of the score. So I think the momentum that was generated by the end of they year as much as anything probably helped rather than even the year as a total, saying we won 10 games. I think it was the way we finished."


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