With all the talk about Jimbo Fisher's 1st signing class being the best FSU has had in some time, I wondered just how high it will climb. So I took a look. According to ESPN's rankings, the top classes usually have around 10 ESPNU150 players. I am using ESPN's rankings because Rivals.com only considers classes based on the top 20 players in a signing class, which doesn't measure the total quality of the class. In 2007, UF signed 14 ESPNU150 kids. USC signed 10. Texas pulled down 12. In 2008 Miami signed 12, Clemson signed 10, UF signed 11, and USC pulled 10. Last year LSU grabbed 10, while Bama, Texas, and USC hauled in 9. This year UF and Texas will each sign more than 14 ESPNU 150 players. They will have the top two classes. At best, FSU could finish 3rd. Third would be an incredible accomplishment for a team that finished the year 7-6, recruited with less than half a staff for most of the year, doesn't have the money of the other big schools, and well you get the idea. FSU will definitely finish with one of the top classes in the country. The question is just how good will that class be? By my projection, FSU will finish somewhere between 3rd and 8th. If the 'Noles somehow land all their remaining targets, they would have 13 ESPNU 150 prospects, which would be the 6th most of any class since ESPNU debuted the rankings 5 years ago. Just to give you an idea of the remaining talent on the board for the 'Noles, I put together this chart, sorted by the ESPN ranking. As you can see, there is a ton of talent left on the board. While FSU likely won't grab all of the remaining players on its wish list, they stand an excellent shot to add 3 more ESPNU 150 commitments, which would place this class squarely in the 3rd or 4th slot in this year's rankings.
|Current Commitments||Potential Commitments|
|Lamarcus Joyner||87||CB #1||Saint Thomas Aquinas School (FL)|
|Jeff Luc||85||ILB #1||Treasure Coast H.S. (FL)|
|Demar Dorsey||85||S #2||Boyd Anderson H.S. (FL)|
|83||OLB #2||Lake Howell H.S. (FL)|
|Mack Brown||83||RB #4||Martin Luther King H.S. (GA)|
|Christian Green||82||ATH #9||Tampa Catholic H.S. (FL)|
|Corey Lemonier||81||DE #9||Hialeah H.S. (FL)|
|J.R. Ferguson||81||DT #14||Hargrave Military Academy (VA)|
|Kenny Shaw||81||WR #14||Dr. Phillips H.S. (FL)|
|Telvin Smith||81||OLB #8||Lowndes H.S. (GA)|
|Nigel Terrell||81||OLB #11||Pelham H.S. (AL)|
|Darious Cummings (DE)||81||DT #12||Astronaut H.S. (FL)|
|Jeremy Deering||80||ATH #17||Leto Comprehensive H.S. (FL)|
|Chad Abrams||80||S #13||Kathleen H.S. (FL)|
|Bjoern Werner||79||DE #24||Salisbury School (CT)|
|Calvin Smith||79||DT #20||Hialeah H.S. (FL)|
|De'||79||WR #35||Pahokee H.S. (FL)|
|Terrence Brooks||79||CB #21||Dunnellon Senior H.S. (FL)|
|Holmes Onwukaife||78||DE #46||Cedar Park H.S. (TX)|
|Jarred Haggins||78||ATH #46||Lakeland H.S. (FL)|
|Will Tye||78||TE #19||Salisbury School (CT)|
|Greg Dent Jr. (WR)||77||S #57||Glades Central H.S. (FL)|
|Damien Jacobs||77||DT #62||H. L. Bourgeois H.S. (LA)|
|Cameron Erving||76||DT #81||Colquitt County H.S. (GA)|
|Clint Trickett||75||QB #84||North Florida Christian H.S. (FL)|
|Tank Sessions||74||TE #58||Columbia H.S. (GA)|
And that doesn't even include the JUCO players, all of whom are expected to contribute immediately. ESPN does not rate JUCO players. JUCO CB Mike Harris is a 4* on rivals and rated as the 2nd best JUCO corner available. JUCO RB Debrale Smiley and DT Anthony "Amp" McCloud were considered some of the best players in Georgia before they went to JUCO.
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What do you think? Who will FSU land? Where do you feel this class will end up? This should be a very exciting signing day. We hope you'll join us for full coverage.