Florida State's recruitment hasn't gone the way the coaches had intended since the start of the season, but it is not all doom and gloom like some fans and rivals are making it out to be. NoleDigest looks at the Seminoles' recruiting class heading into October and discusses some of the recruits the ‘Noles are fighting for at this time.
Florida State headed into the season with a strong hold on the direction of the 2010 recruiting class, but since then they've seen 2 of their top recruits decommit and a slew of top targets/leans choose other schools.
The fan base of FSU has gotten restless and rival fan bases enjoying the news they are hearing, even if some it is not quite the case. Recruiting is a fluid situation and it has its ups and downs. FSU is in a precarious situation because there are a lot of rumblings in terms of coaching changes and the future of the program. While it is not a best kept secret, many expect changes after this year. That factor has left FSU's recruitment in a little bit of limbo, yet FSU sits in a good spot with many recruits still sitting on the board.
Any More Decommitments Expected?
So far Florida State has had 3 decommitments from the 2010 class in Merrill Noel, Corey Miller and Ed Christian. Noel is committed to Wake Forest and Miller recently switched to Tennessee. With Ed, he recently opened up his recruitment after a visit to Auburn.
Of FSU's 13 commitments the only one that is considered soft at this time is longtime commit Darious Cummings. Cummings has been one of the recruits who's been spreading the word of FSU and trying to get others to join his this year. There is no reason at this time to think Cummings won't be coming to FSU, but there is one factor to look out for and that is if Odell Haggins leaves FSU. Even if there are wholesale changes on defense Haggins is one coach that is expected to stay on board.
NoleDigest has heard that those close to Ed feel that at the end of the day he will still sign with FSU. Telvin Smith is not going anywhere, and 2011 DB Tyler Hunter really likes FSU. With Greg Reid and Gerald Demps already enrolled the Seminoles are still in a good spot for Christian.
Who's left on the Board?
Florida State has been in the running for several elite recruits this year; while the start of the season hasn't gone the way the coaches wanted, the fact that several top-flight recruits are looking at FSU hasn't changed.
QB: FSU is happy with Clint Trickett.
RB: Marcus Lattimore and Gio Bernard are the two top names here and the two the Seminoles have turned all of their attention to. FSU just got back into the game with Marcus and he will be taking his official when FSU plays Georgia Tech. Gio Bernard has taken an open approach to his recruitment. In a recent update with Scout.com Bernard says he wants to see how the schools recruiting him treat him now that he has been injured.
TE: With Tank Sessions committed FSU is starting to turn its attention to 2011 standout Nick O'Leary.
WR: Christian Green and Kenny Shaw are the two top targets remaining for the Seminoles. The recruitment of Green has been one of the more hotly debated recruitments among fan bases, primarily FSU and Florida. Green has long been considered a recruit the Seminoles have led for, and throughout there have been instances where sources have felt his recruitment would come to an end. Christian recently took an official visit to Georgia, and he said in September that he wanted to possibly make a decision after. The longer it goes the harder it is going to be for the Seminoles, but at the same time NoleDigest has not heard anything that makes us feel he isn't going to be a Seminole, regardless of what UF "insiders" and fans say.
Kenny Shaw still has the Seminoles on top, and it is going to stay that way unless something really drastic happens. Florida and Georgia have made a push recently but his relationship with the coaches at FSU is what puts them ahead of everyone else.
OL: This is a position we won't know anything about until December. Coach Trickett is notorious for scouring the nation finding guys who'll fit his style.
DL: No other position has taken a harder hit so far than this spot. Corey Miller was a great haul for the Seminoles because not only is an elite defensive end, but he plays a position of major need. The loss of Brandon Willis was tough, too. FSU has Cummings, Tavaris Barnes, Cameron Erving and Damien Jacobs committed, but after that there questions on where the coaches are going with this unit for 2010.
Sandino Daniels, the JUCO defensive lineman from Pearl River JC, is a name that has recently popped up. Daniels has great size at 6'5' 260 pounds as a defensive end, and he is capable to slide inside if need be on certain downs. The coaches have been viewing his film, so right now there isn't an offer on the table. With his ties to Terrell Buckley, an offer will most likely mean Daniels will be heading to FSU.
The Hialeah duo of Corey Lemonier and Calvin Smith became high priorities when Miller and Willis committed to Tennessee. Both loved their visits to FSU, and it is thought that FSU is in the lead for Smith at this time. Getting Corey in this class would be a major coup for the coaches because he'd be an instant impact player. FSU is fighting Illinois, UF and Miami right now for Lemonier.
David Perry has seen his recruitment pick up after spending the summer in Jamaica. FSU has been in contact with Perry and they have been working on getting him up to FSU for a visit. Early on FSU was thought to be one of Perry's top schools. Now UF, LSU and Miami are all in it for Perry along with FSU.
LB: The biggest names on the board right now are Treasure Coast star Jeff Luc and Lake Howell standout Christian Jones. If you ask FSU fans, some feel they have the lead. When you ask UF fans, they all feel Luc will be a Gator when it is all said and done. Now Tennessee is getting involved and some feel they are a real threat at this time.
Jeff has been very guarded with his recruitment and he has been enjoying every possible aspect that goes with being the top linebacker in the nation this year. FSU, UF, Miami, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama and others all have a good shot, but many feel this has come down to an in-state battle between FSU and UF.
Rumors out there have had both FSU and UF leading at some point. Right now no one knows where he is going. FSU has to win. He has a great relationship with the staff, and no matter what you hear FSU has a very good shot at landing Luc.
With Jones FSU's ties are going to be hard to beat. Catastrophic things would have to happen for Jones to not choose the Seminoles. Christian is giving UF, Oklahoma, Miami, Rutgers and others a look, but like his father and brother Jones will be a Seminole in college.
DB: Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Mitchell are the big names FSU is till in the running for. Joyner named OSU his leader after his visit, but FSU still has a very good shot here. Florida is making a run, and Joyner likes the winning tradition there. Joyner told NoleDigest recently that he loved FSU and that nothing has changed, but it is a race between the 3. FSU will have to mess this up to not land Joyner.
With Mitchell FSU is still in the lead with Georgia gaining ground. The chance to play early, and the track program at FSU, is what many feel will be the factors that ultimately lead to FSU getting Mitchell on Signing Day.
FSU is recruiting others under the radar like Greg Dent, and they are recruiting a few players that are committed to other schools. By the end of the process the Seminole coaches are expecting to land Joyner, Mitchell, possibly Keion Payne, and Dent is he is offered.
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