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FSU Recruiting Class of 2004

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

Outcome: Underacheived

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

Outcome: Underacheived

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. 

Outcome: Expected

4. Jamaal Edwards (****) RB, Greensboro

Jamaal never got significant playing time, and transferred before his Senior Year.

Outcome: Underachieved

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.

Outcome: Overachieved

6. Trevor Ford (****) CB, Miami

Big time recruit....rarely played and ended up transferring.

Outcome: Underacheived

7. Aaron Jones (****) DT, Orlando

Another 4 star recruit that rarely played and ended up transferring to a small school.

Outcome: Underacheived

8. Jae Thaxton (****) LB, Hartwell

Big time prospect, battled concussions and was never able to make an impact.

Outcome: Underacheived

9. Drew Weatherford (****) QB, Land O Lakes

3 year starter who digressed each year and got benched his Senior Year

Outcome: Underacheived

10. Dumaka Atkins (****) OL, Sarasota

Rarely played, switched positions, and ended up off the team

Outcome: Underachieved

11. Greg Carr (****) WR, Citra

One of the leaders in TD catches all-time, struggled with consistency at times.

Outcome: Expected

12. Jackey Claude (****) OL, Miami

Started, but was constantly beat and was never a quality Guard.

Outcome: Underachieved

13. Emmanuel Dunbar (****) DL, Deerfield Beach

Back problems and limited playing time

Outcome: Underachieved

14. Rodney Gallon (****) LB, Tallahassee

Special Teamer that logged limited minutes of significant playing time.

Outcome: Underachieved

15. Kenny O'Neal (****) WR, Oakland

Speedster never made an impact and ended up getting kicked out of school

Outcome: Underachieved

16. Barry Wright (****) LB, Kansas

Never played for FSU

Outcome: Underachieved

17. Kenny Ingram (***) DB, Orlando

In and out of FSU, played some good minutes his Senior year but little else

Outcome: Underachieved

18. Cornelius Lewis (***) OL, Jacksonville

Never played for FSU

Outcome: Underacheived

19. Lamar Lewis (***) RB, Jacksonville

Played limited minutes before transferring.

Outcome: Underachieved

20. Joe Manning (***) DB, Tallahassee

Never played for Noles

Outcome: Underachieved

21. Geoff Berniard (***) OL, Louisiana

Never logged minutes and was basically asked to leave

Outcome: Underachieved

 

22. Darius McClure (***) DB, Adamsville

Solid Nole that contributed as a special team, reserve, and starter this year. 

Outcome: Expected

23. DeCody Fagg (***) WR, Virginia

Solid contributions with a few big plays, had problems with drops

Outcome: Expected

 

24. Joe Surratt (**) FB, Pace

Was a solid short yardage back, had some trouble with law.

Outcome: Expected

 

25. Gary Cismesia (**) K, Parrish

Great Senior year, solid kicker

Outcome: Expected

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By our calculations, the class of 2004 performed like this:

1 Overachiever (Timmons)

5 Expected (Carter, Carr, Fagg, Surratt, Cismesia)

19 Underacheivers

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!

 

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