FSU's recruiting class for 2010 was much like riding a tidal wave; it had its highs and his had its lows. Coming into Wednesday the coaches and people around Florida State felt that the Seminoles had a chance to close strong as there were several top flight targets left that had FSU among the top of their lists.
While FSU didn't have the finish they thought this class overall was the 3rd straight class that the Seminoles have loaded up on talent. NoleDigest breaks down the class for the Noles and gives their grade on how each position turned out.
Quarterback: It was a down year across the nation for the sport's premier position, but FSU went out and got one of the best in the state in Clint Trickett. While Trickett has room to mature in the weight room he brings bravado to the game that makes him one of the best leaders in this class. He is consistent, smart and a student of the game. FSU is loaded at the top with Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel so Trickett can take the time to add the weight and strength he needs to compete on the next level. Grade: B
Misses: None. FSU toyed with the idea of bringing in Jeffery Godfrey at one point but the coaches felt Trickett was a better fit for their offense.
Running Back: FSU wanted to sign at least one running back in this class, but they wouldn't have minded had they gotten two. While there is a talented 3-deep roster for FSU we've seen elite programs have a stable of backs. FSU is bringing in Debrale Smiley, who is a big back that this team needs. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a punishing runner. Grade: B-
Misses: FSU at one point had a deep board at running back. At different times throughout the process FSU had been on Marcus Lattimore, Eduardo Clements, Gio Bernard and Mack Brown, a guy some thought would make the switch on Signing Day.
Wide Receiver: FSU is bringing in one of the nation's best groups at this position. Headlining it is Scout.com's #1 overall player in Florida in Christian Green. Add Kenny Shaw, DeJoshua Johnson, Greg Dent and Jarred Haggins, you have a deep group that has a nice blend of speed, route running and elite playmaking ability. While we could see Dent and/or Haggins move spots this group was a mother load for the ‘Noles. Grade: A+
Misses: Vincent Sanders but he was an Ole Miss lean throughout.
Tight End: Coach Coley wanted 2 ends in this class and he got that number as Tank Sessions and Will Tye inked with FSU Wednesday. FSU felt they matched their needs here. Sessions is a jumbo athlete that has a great skill set to work with. Tye may be the sleeper of the class as his blend of athleticism and size is a rare combo. Both of these guys are a bit raw but each has huge ceilings when it comes to how good they can be. Grade: A-
Misses: FSU missed out on Gerald Christian early, and then missed out on Neil Basford and Brandon Mosley.
Offensive Line: This position has been hotly debated over the past few weeks on Seminole message boards. Coming into the process FSU was looking to bring in 1-3 recruits here as they felt good with what's on the roster right now. FSU did go after several targets but they were able to flip Danny Foose early Wednesday morning. Trickett is content with this class.
Misses: Brice Schwab, Chaz Green, Tramell Williams and Brandon Linder.
Defensive End: Defensive line depth was paramount in 2010. FSU needed at least 3 ends in this class, but they're only bringing in 2. While the 2 are talented recruits in Darious Cummings and Bjoern Werner, the Seminoles needed one more here. Grade: C based on not meeting needs
Misses: Corey Lemonier was vital to this class and FSU missed out on him late. Tavaris Barnes flip to Clemson now stings more than it initially did. Then you have misses on guys like Wayne Dorsey….FSU was one piece away from a grand slam here.
Defensive Tackle: Much like end FSU needed 4 here. Anthony McCloud, Damien Jacobs and Cameron Erving will need to come in ready to compete. McCloud is the man of the group and by all accounts is ready. Jacobs was under the radar but is a guy to keep an eye on. Erving needs a redshirt to get stronger. Grade: C based on not meeting needs
Misses: Calvin Smith to New Mexico is a stunner. Ego Ferguson was telling guys in FSU's class as late as Tuesday he was signing with FSU.
**Editors Note: NoleDigest asked sources if FSU would be making a late signing. They felt with the classes over the past few years they are good for next year. They feel 2011 offers top targets that are better than any late addition from 2010 could be. **
Linebacker: FSU matched their need here in a big way. They landed the best MLB in the nation in Jeff Luc, arguably the best OLB in Florida in Christian Jones, speedy OLB Telvin Smith, talented and versatile Holmes Onwukaife and a guy in Nigel Terrell that has all of the tools to be a good athlete at linebacker. FSU met their need here and hit a homerun. Grade: A+
Misses: None of concern.
Cornerback: FSU needed to add as much talent as possible and they did that here. Lamarcus Joyner is a special talent that is primed for stardom. Mike Harris is a JUCO corner the coaches' feel will come in and contribute right away. Terrence Brooks is a guy who is more of an athlete at this stage, yet he has the potential to play either corner or safety. FSU could have used one more here. Grade: B+
Misses: Terrence Mitchell flipped to USF late and the Noles had Merrill Noel committed at one time.
Safety: This position can be graded incomplete for right now because there are options here on how to round out the class. Chad Abrams is a safety that has good ball skills who isn't afraid of contact. He is an upgrade. We'll see who ends up here heading into the fall. Grade: INC
Misses: Demar Dorsey was a miss due to need, and he would have brought speed and ball hawking ability to FSU.
While I am not as down on some at this class it was THIS CLOSE to being elite. FSU needed to load up at defensive line to make this class top flight, but they didn't. I feel this class is very good as they brought in major upgrades at WR, LB and DB. Had FSU just landed Corey Lemonier, the class would have been no doubt top 5. Everything else was icing on the cake. Missing Corey, who many said was FSU's number 1 target, puts a damper on what is otherwise FSU's 3rd straight very good class. All things considered FSU has to be happy with the final tally.
Overall Grade: B+
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