Florida State Places Three Of Eight Commitments In Initial ESPNU150

via www.volnation.com

The ESPNU150 debuted today, and the Seminoles placed three commitments in the ESPNU150: offensive tackle Austin Golson, receiver Tony Stevens and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain. That's not as impressive a ration as the past few years, but this is impressive:

All seven of the recruits rated by ESPN were four stars. That's excellent. Ro'Derrick Hoskins, a linebacker out of Orlando has yet to be given a grade by ESPN.

The first roll out of rankings are always quite interesting, and you should expect immediate adjustments after receiving some feedback. I'll offer some of mine now.

Tony Stevens has an argument for being the top receiver in Florida. He is unquestionably better than Richard Benjamin. I also like him more than Ahmad Fulwood and Jordan Cunningham. Why is Stevens below those three? I'll venture to guess name recognition. Benjamin, Fulwood and Cunningham have each been known since their freshman or sophomore seasons. That shouldn't play into it, but it does.

On the other hand, Maquedius Bain is too high. He has a ton of potential at 6'3 (or 6'5", depending on who is measuring) and ~300 pounds. But he has only played one year of football and is too much of a project to be rated the fifth best defensive tackle nationally.

For those worried about the offensive line, offensive tackle Austin Golson comes in as the third best tackle nationally. Golson is an excellent athlete with lots of upside.

As for a look at FSU's rivals, the Gators have 7 of their 15 commitments in the 150 (47%), while Miami has 2 of 5 (40%). Both are slightly better percentages to date than the 'Noles' 37.5%, though we are dealing with such small numbers that Ro'Derrick Hoskins earning a 150 grade could vault FSU to the head of the class.

The state of Florida has 30 players in the 150, which is way more than any other state.

What does this all mean? Take recruiting rankings with a grain of salt this early in the game. With most of camp season still to come, spring ball, the 2012 season and all-star games, these things will change a lot. Or they should, provided they can overcome confirmation bias.

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