Well, they sure looked great on the front page of ESPN.com all day … let’s see if they can live up to all the hype on the football field.
Yet another National Signing Day is coming to a close with Florida State near the top of everyone’s rankings, landing one solid recruit after another. Nearly all of their needs were met, which is encouraging to every fan of the Garnet and Gold.
But, let’s stand down for a second.
When it comes to ESPN’s recruiting rankings, the Seminoles are finishing the day ranked No. 2 behind only Alabama. And yes, it’s a very good class of incoming freshmen. But look at the past rankings of classes:
2011: No. 1
2010: No. 6
2009: No. 8
2008: No. 12
2007: No. 25
2006: No. 6
And that last year, 2006, was the last year where you saw me getting excited about a recruiting class on Signing Day. We had Myron Rolle on the front page of ESPN.com and everyone thought it would be the class that saved FSU’s slide and would keep the momentum of a rogue ACC title going.
If you take out the anomalies that were the 2007 and 2008 classes, the Seminoles got back on track in 2009 when everyone could finally point to Jimbo Fisher as the coach that would eventually take over for the legendary Bobby Bowden. There was solid proof that this program was going to try to return to the glory years.
So the classes have improved, but has the team?
Well, not yet. But if you keep stacking talent like this:
ESPNU ranks Florida St No. 2 recruiting class, landed 10 players in ESPNU 150, including 5 of top 40—
Jenn Brown (@JennBrownESPN) February 01, 2012
Eventually, you start building a winner. FSU actually lost five-star defensive end Dante Fowler to Florida today, who said it simply boiled down to the depth chart being too deep. There were too many stellar defensive ends on the roster already, and he didn’t like his chances to be a starter in Tallahassee.
Even though he was committed to the ‘Noles for 14 months.
With this many great recruiting classes in a row, the pressure is on for the program to finally succeed after a decade of mediocrity. Jimbo Fisher is a member of the Nick Saban coaching tree, and he’s following Saban’s mold for success: recruit boatloads of talent, and win championships with said talent.
FSU may not be ready to win another national title, but they better at least start winning titles of a different kind, or these recruiting classes will be considered a waste of talent (something we’ve gotten used to in past years).
No more excuses for Jimbo Fisher. ACC title or bust.—
Chadd Scott (@ChaddScott) February 01, 2012