Grading the Seminole Class of 2005

On Tuesday morning Florida State was ranked the 25th best team by scout.com in the recruiting rankings. With an incredible two day run, the Seminoles finished fourth in the Scout.com team rankings. They ended National Signing Day by landing the top defensive tackle in the country. The Territory breaks down each position signed and gives its grades.


Quarterback: In our first breakdown we said that would sign 0-1 quarterbacks. The only quarterbacks on our board were Cameron Sexton and Ryan Perrilloux. Both camped at Florida and decided to go elsewhere.

GRADE- INC. If there was one position Florida State did not need a player at it was quarterback. They landed two top ten quarterbacks a year ago.

LOST OUT ON: Ryan Perrilloux and Cameron Sexton

Looking to next year- With Florida state not signing a quarterback in 2005, the coaching staff will most likely make signing one in 2006 at near the top of the list. Two early national ranked quarterbacks looking at Florida State are Tim Tebow of St. Augustine (Fla.) Nease and Matthew Stafford of Dallas Texas (Fla.) Highland Park. Tebow and Stafford both were unofficial visitors to Florida State this past year.

Running Backs: For running backs we felt the Seminoles needed to sign at least one running back but most like would sign two. We felt one would be a small back and the other back would be a big, bruising type. Little did we know how big that second back would be.

GRADE: A+ - Signing Smith to their class FSU landed the top running back in the nation. No other back in the country has the speed and game-breaking ability of the Pahokee five-star standout. He is a special talent and will be a great one at FSU. For over ten years FSU fans and coaches have wanted to see the next Warrick Dunn. Smith is the biggest offensive recruit FSU has signed in over 10 years and will most likely have a Leon Washington or Warrick Dunn type impact.

Lost out on: Conredge Collins, Maurice Wells

Looking to Next year- Running back C.J. Spiller of Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County is considered the top running back in the state. The standout junior grew up a fan of the Seminoles

Receivers: With the graduations of three wide receivers, the Seminoles had a void to fill. The Noles met their needs by landing three very good receivers in Fred Rouse, Roderick Owens and Richard Goodman.

Grade: A- With Rouse, Goodman, Owens and Carr; this receiver's class may end up right up there with some of the best that have signed with one school on NSD. The class of Sloan Thomas, Roy Williams and BJ Johnson at Texas was rated as the top class the past ten years while Georgia had Fred Gibson, Ronnie Brown and Michael Johnson. Tallahassee Lincoln Fred Rouse is considered by many to be the top player at his position in the country. His size, speed and big-play ability is comparable to former LSU Tiger wide receiver Michael Clayton. Jacksonville Wolfson (Fla.) Rod Owens and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas's Richard Goodman might be two of the most underrated players at their position in the country.

Lost out on: OJ Murdock
Looking to Next Year- Florida State has already offered top junior wide receiver Percy Harvin of Virginia Beach (VA) Landstown.

Tight End: FSU needed two and they may have gotten two. With the signing of Charlie Graham and the potential of Anthony Kelly moving to tight end, the Seminoles filled those needs.

Grade: C+ When you don't throw the ball to the TE, it's almost impossible to sign a big name kid. Graham looks like a sleeper and Kelly could provide the Noles with a solid prospect there as well.

Lost out on: James Dray, Jonathan Hannah, Martellus Bennett who Florida State offered but never took a visit.

Offensive Line: This was a key position for FSU but with only six offers extended they were not going to sign many. They offered Quinton Brown, AJ Trump, Sergio Render, Matt Hardrick, Reginald Youngblood and Eugene Munroe.

Grade: C- It's the one position FSU kind of missed out on. They looked to have Codrington in the bag but he went the gators way. FSU coaches did not have a spot in the end for Quinton Brown so he decided on NC State. This grade could move up to a B- if Hardrick qualifies and plays well at FSU. He was by far the top offensive line prospect in the state of Florida this year.

Lost out on: AJ Trump, Simon Codrington, Quinton Brown, Reginald Youngblood and Sergio Render.

Looking to next year- With only signing one offensive line prospect, signing three to four linemen in the class of 2006 will be a big-time priority. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas has three highly regarded prospects, including possible the top ranked junior offensive tackle in the country in Sam Young.

Defensive Line: With only signing one qualified prospect in the class of 2005, the Seminoles needed to hit a home run and they did.

Grade: A- Landing Callahan Bright was huge because he was by far the most domination defensive player in the country. Justin Mincey of Folkston (GA) Charlton County has the potential to match some of the great Seminole pass-rushers in the 90's. Everette Brown, Kendrick Stewart and Emmanuel Dunbar are a bit underrated with a lot upside. This class of defensive lineman has the potential to be the best in the country.

Lost out on: Averell Spicer, Bobby Greenwood, Jon Demps, and Al Jones.

Looking to Next year- Keep an eye on junior defensive tackle prospect Micah Johnson of Alexandria (VA) who turned some heads at the National Junior Combine in San Antonio.

Linebackers: This was by far the easiest prediction to make in FSU class. The Noles needed three linebackers and signed four.

Grade: A+-The signing of Derek Nicholson Dan Foster, Neefy Moffett and Eugene Hayes gives the Seminoles the top-ranked linebacker class in the country. Nicholson was selected MVP of the east squad at the Army All-American game. Foster, the first cousin, of Tay Cody, is considered the second best linebacker in Georgia. Hayes, who could end up playing with his hands down in college, in the top backer in the Sunshine State.

Lost out on: Jon Demps

Looking to next year- Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian linebacker Marcus Sims is considered the top player in Big-Bend area. His older brother (Ernie) is the starting strong-side linebacker for the Seminoles.

Defensive Backs: The Seminoles needed to sign at least four defensive backs and the Garnet & Gold got five very good ones.

Grade: A- Landing athlete Matt Dunham, Clarence Ward, Korey Magnum Mike Garvin and Jamie Robinson is unreal after last years haul. Robinson gives the Noles additional size at the corner position and Michael Ray Garvin can turn and run with the best of them. This class was big- time and filled all the needs.

Lost out on: Randy Phillips, Dorian Munroe, Chris Chancellor, and Avery Atkins.

Looking to next year: Florida State has already offered Myron Rolle of Princeton (NJ) The Hun School. Also, keep an eye on Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby DeAndre McDaniel and Madison (Fla.) Desmond Gee.

Kicker: GRAHAM- We don't want to grade the kid because I had never seen him before.

Overall this is one of the best classes FSU has signed. We thought after last year it would be tough to beat. The day before signing day my source told us this would be the best class FSU ever has signed. We did not believe it.

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