There have been 2 popular thems that are apparent and consistent:
1. FSU coaching over the past 7 years has been among the worst in the country.
2. Recruiting service Star Rankings can often be inaccurate and just plain awful
Upon examination, FSU's class of 2004 seems to be the perfect storm of evidence for both themes.
Let's take a look (Based off Rivals rankings)
1. Xavier Lee (*****) QB, Daytona Beach
One of the most acclaimed QB recruits in recent history. We know how this ended. Lee left school early and went undrafted
2. J.R. Bryant (****) DB, Miami
Another huge pickup for the Noles. Played well early in career, but seemed to get worse each year. Was a liability in coverage, and ended his career as a reserve
3. Tony Carter (****) DB, Jacksonville
Tony has been a great Nole. A 4 year starter that has been consistent in the run and pass game.
4. Jamaal Edwards (****) RB, Greensboro
Jamaal never got significant playing time, and transferred before his Senior Year.
5. Lawrence Timmons (****) LB, Florence
Timmons contributed early as a Special Teamer and reserve. He then had an amazing Junior year and was a first round draft pick by the Steelers.
6. Trevor Ford (****) CB, Miami
Big time recruit....rarely played and ended up transferring.
7. Aaron Jones (****) DT, Orlando
Another 4 star recruit that rarely played and ended up transferring to a small school.
8. Jae Thaxton (****) LB, Hartwell
Big time prospect, battled concussions and was never able to make an impact.
9. Drew Weatherford (****) QB, Land O Lakes
3 year starter who digressed each year and got benched his Senior Year
10. Dumaka Atkins (****) OL, Sarasota
Rarely played, switched positions, and ended up off the team
11. Greg Carr (****) WR, Citra
One of the leaders in TD catches all-time, struggled with consistency at times.
12. Jackey Claude (****) OL, Miami
Started, but was constantly beat and was never a quality Guard.
13. Emmanuel Dunbar (****) DL, Deerfield Beach
Back problems and limited playing time
14. Rodney Gallon (****) LB, Tallahassee
Special Teamer that logged limited minutes of significant playing time.
15. Kenny O'Neal (****) WR, Oakland
Speedster never made an impact and ended up getting kicked out of school
16. Barry Wright (****) LB, Kansas
Never played for FSU
17. Kenny Ingram (***) DB, Orlando
In and out of FSU, played some good minutes his Senior year but little else
18. Cornelius Lewis (***) OL, Jacksonville
Never played for FSU
19. Lamar Lewis (***) RB, Jacksonville
Played limited minutes before transferring.
20. Joe Manning (***) DB, Tallahassee
Never played for Noles
21. Geoff Berniard (***) OL, Louisiana
Never logged minutes and was basically asked to leave
22. Darius McClure (***) DB, Adamsville
Solid Nole that contributed as a special team, reserve, and starter this year.
23. DeCody Fagg (***) WR, Virginia
Solid contributions with a few big plays, had problems with drops
24. Joe Surratt (**) FB, Pace
Was a solid short yardage back, had some trouble with law.
25. Gary Cismesia (**) K, Parrish
Great Senior year, solid kicker
By our calculations, the class of 2004 performed like this:
1 Overachiever (Timmons)
5 Expected (Carter, Carr, Fagg, Surratt, Cismesia)
Seems like a combination of:
-Poor talent development and coaching. Only one of these players is in the NFL, Timmons. Carr will likely get a shot and Carter might get a look. For a class of 16 **** or higher signees, that is a pathetic showing.
-Rivals rankings don't always imply success. You can argue that our 3-star players outperformed the majority of the higher ranked players.
I know there are many variables involved in this, but found it interesting (and sad) to see the final outcome of the 2004 class.
Feel free to dicuss!