Ask the Experts: Recruiting Questions

One of the advantages of being a subscriber is having direct access to our experts. Geoff answers a few reader questions, one of them involving five-star safety prospect Priest Willis.

How might possible coaching changes during the offseason have an affect on this recruiting class? Is this something head coaches anticipate and prepare for? -- Tiny850

Unfortunately, coaching changes are inevitable in today's game, particularly when a school like FSU is winning.

History tells us that there is less impact than expected by many fans in terms of "losing" recruits in such circumstances. There does seem to be one or two recruits that re-evaluate the situation. It is a common occurrence, but the head coach can usually make a strong case that nothing will change in terms of philosophy.

Other coaches will use it as a negative against Florida State, and that is probably the first thing that needs to be addressed.

Has FSU given up completely on recruiting Kendall Fuller? -- nolesoul

Fuller has a top three of Virginia Tech, Michigan and Clemson. While it is early in the process, there would be seem to be a lot of ground to make up for FSU to land him. I believe it is the same high school as Stefon Diggs a year ago, and the Seminoles were never seriously in the running despite doing quite well in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

Do the coaches ever ask you for his opinion on a prospect? -- bogartnole

Colleges coaches are not allowed to talk about recruiting with people like me.

Priest Willis? Tim Williams? Real possibilities? -- Bowden4prez

Williams is a better possibility, but FSU will need to get him on campus at least three more times to land him. With three potential NFL defensive ends possibly leaving at the end of the year in Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, opportunity has to be sold to Williams. Quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig is recruiting as well as anyone in the country at this time. I have learned to not sell him short.

Willis appears to be quite open. Currently, he has official visits set up with LSU, Nebraska and Notre Dame. The 'Noles will need to grab one of the last two to have a realistic chance.

The 2013 class appears to less flashy than 2012, so when and where will the big-time five-star players come from and who is FSU in the running for? Who will be this year's bell cow? -- doombaa

Players like Jameis Winston, Mario Edwards, Chris Casher, Mario Pender, Ronald Darby and Eddie Goldman were among the elite at their position a year ago, and FSU landed them. That type of talent tends to spread itself around the country, and fans can't expect to sign many of them on a yearly basis. Marvin Bracy is one of the fastest (the fastest?) kids in the world at his age. Again, it is hard to bring that caliber of a class in every year.

The Seminoles have a legit shot at prospects like Laremy Tunsil, Matthew Thomas, Mackensie Alexander, Vernon Hargreaves, Keith Bryant, Stacy Coley, the aforementioned Williams and several others. The staff has proven to be truly gifted closers, and I would expect to not only acquire a couple from this list but to get involved with several other premier prospects, too.

I think Florida State is the leader for Thomas right now, and the 'Noles will be tough to beat in the end.

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