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What FSU Recruiters Know That Others Don't

Has anybody noticed a trend in Jimbo Fisher's recruiting style lately? It seems, in the class of 2013, the Fisher coaching staff is more inclined to focus on players that haven't been as heavily recruited as their stars or potential would deem they should be. As Head Coach, Jimbo Fisher's average recruiting ranking, according to ESPN rankings, has been a 1.5. Well deserved considering the talent that has been brought in: Mario Edwards Jr, Eddie Goldman, Jameis Winston, Nick O'Leary, etc. FSU's class currently stands at 10 verbal commitments, three of whom are listed in the ESPNU 150; this seems to have loyal fans concerned. Many have noticed that the FSU coaching staff has offered high school prospects very early in the process, before many of the recruiting sites (rivals, scouts, ESPN), have had a chance to evaluate them. But why is 2013 any different? Commitments such as OG Ira Denson, CB Marquez White and OLB Ro'derrick Hoskins seem to have been given the cold shoulder by many powerhouse programs. Yet if one pays close attention, this isn't completely out of the ordinary. Fisher's staff has a habit of offering prospects unnaturally early in the process. Consequently, the recruiting sites star these players quite high and add them to their ranks. This was the case for many current starters, such as Devonta Freeman and Kelvin Benjamin. My message to the fan base: don't fret, just because these players aren't as high profiled as Edwards Jr. or Winston, doesn't mean they aren't talented. Jimbo Fisher, in my opinion ranks at the top with Nick Saban as one of the top recruiters in the country because of this particular talent. Fisher can identify a good fit early and offers them before other programs recognize his talent. I predict that, although this may not be a top 3 class, 2013 will introduce some great talent and fits to the Seminole football team.

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