A lot of different opinions about what to expect the next couple of years. Without a defensive staff in place we really can't guess on who does what on that side of the ball next year, but I think it is reasonable to expect improvement because it is impossible to be worse. What I really want to throw out there is what a couple of other coaches have done at traditional powers with solid recruiting bases.
In 1999 OU, a team who had basically fallen of the face of the map, hired Bob Stoops away from UF. His first year he went 7-5 and a lot of people thought it would be recent business as usual in Norman. The following year Stoops led OU to a 13-0 record with a BCS title. In 2001 Pete Carroll went out and for the first time coached the USC Trojans to a 6-6 record. For those that don't know the left coast media killed Carroll after that year. People were actually writing stories about how USC was a dead program and would never rise again. In 02 USC went 11-2, 03 they went 12-1 and in 04 they ran the table. In 2001 another coach was hired in Ohio named Jim Tressel who led his team to a 7-5. Tressell was met with a bunch of articles about how he could not win at the D1 level. In 2002 OSU went 14-0 and has only failed to reach 10 wins once in his tenure.
Am I saying that in year two we will win a NC or that it is a lock that we have one coming in the next 5 years? No it isn't a lock. But we have some of the same things going for us that the schools named above did. Even with the higher level of competition for recruits in our base, the greater number of them means we will still get talent with a hardworking and competent staff. I would also argue that we do not have as far to climb up as either USC or OU had at the time. Our division is winnable next, our offense will be elite barring injury and we already have our QB of the present as well as our QB of the future. Once our staff has been announced I expect more excitement for FSU football than any of us have seen since this century started.