Florida State Football Recruiting: FSU's 2013 Needs

Joel Auerbach

Florida State football recruiting just finished a fantastic 2012 recruiting class, but its coaches have been hard at work on the 2013 class for months. It's time to take a look at FSU's recruiting needs for the class of 2013. These are minimum needs. The rest is up to the discretion of the coaches. Things like quality of talent in a given year as compared to the following year (article coming soon on this) are considered by the coaches and are often the explanation for taking more than the needed minimum.

This page will be dynamic to reflect changes in the plan, including position switches. Please remember that this is a very early estimation. It will become more accurate as the time passes.

"Attrition" consists of, but is not limited to: early departures for the NFL, failing out of school, transferring to another school for more playing time, career-ending injuries, disciplinary departures and players electing to end their eligibility to pursue a career in something other than sports. There will be a lot of it this year, as Florida State saw very little following the 2012 class.

Quarterback: Jimbo Fisher wants to take a quarterback in every class, and has done so every year since 2008. There is no reason to expect a change here. FSU could technically return four quarterbacks, but realistically, attrition of one may occur. Taking a quarterback is a possibility.

Skill (RB/WR/TE): The minimum here is generally considered to be 20. FSU will technically return 18 here and expect additional attrition of at least three. Thus, a minimum of five skill recruits should be brought on. But within this, a look at specific positions is also needed. FSU needs to have at least six running/fullbacks, four tight ends and ten receivers. That's something to keep an eye on.

Offensive Line: 15 is the minimum here under most circumstances. FSU will technically return 12, and attrition of two can be expected. Thus, FSU needs to bring in a minimum of five offensive linemen. But because of the high number of upperclassmen, an extra should be recruited to be safe. Also, to balance under and upperclassmen, four of these should be high school recruits at a minimum, and not junior college players.

Defensive Line: Jimbo Fisher is committed to giving Florida State's defensive coordinator a lot of defensive linemen to rotate. 16 is the typical minimum here, and within that, at least seven ends and tackles. FSU will return 10 defensive linemen, and attrition of zero/one should be expected. That means the 'Noles need to bring in a minimum of five defensive linemen. That number would leave FSU one short of the minimum, but there is a spacing issue that must be accounted for here and paired with the class of 2014 (7 of FSU's 10 defensive lineman are sophomores or freshmen). At least three of the five need to be defensive ends. One of those might be a JUCO player. However, remember that FSU might move an offensive player back to defensive line in 2013. Options, folks.

Linebacker: The minimum here is eight. FSU will technically return seven linebackers, and attrition of one may occur. FSU could also move another player to linebacker. That means FSU needs to bring in a minimum of two linebackers, but when accounting for 2014, and the age of FSU's linebacking corps, three or four looks like a better minimum.

Defensive Back: A minimum of 14 defensive backs is typically desired. FSU will technically return 11, and attrition of two is expected at this spot. FSU will need to bring in four defensive backs at a minimum.

Special Teams: The 'Noles typically want to have a kicker and punter on scholarship. This is taken care of.

Recap Of Minimum Needs:

SKILL Ryan Green (RB)
SKILL Jesus Wilson (WR)
SKILL Isaiah Jones (WR)
SKILL John Franklin (WR or DB))
SKILL Levonte Whitfield (WR)
SKILL (Optional)
SKILL (Optional)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ira Denson (Guard)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ryan Hoefeld (Center)
OFFENSIVE LINE Jeremy Kerr (listed at tight end, but 6'6 265+ with plenty of room to grow)
OFFENSIVE LINE Richy Klepal (Guard, maybe tackle) Med DQ (Concussions)
OFFENSIVE LINE
OFFENSIVE LINE
OFFENSIVE LINE (Optional)
OFFENSIVE LINE (Optional)
DEFENSIVE LINE Desmond Hollin (DE)
DEFENSIVE LINE Demarcus Walker (DE)
DEFENSIVE LINE
DEFENSIVE LINE
DEFENSIVE LINE
LINEBACKER Ro'Derrick Hoskins
LINEBACKER Tyrell Lyons
LINEBACKER E.J. Levenberry
LINEBACKER Freddie Stevenson
LINEBACKER (optional)
LINEBACKER (optional)
DEFENSIVE BACK Marquez White (Cornerback)
DEFENSIVE BACK Michael Johnson (CB/S)
DEFENSIVE BACK
DEFENSIVE BACK
DEFENSIVE BACK (Optional)
DEFENSIVE BACK (Optional)

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