Florida State football news: Recruiting podcast

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We cut our podcast on the recruiting class.

-Safety commit Derwin James has been invited to Nike's The Opening for a second time. James is the best safety in the country.


One of FSU's big emphases in the class of 2015 will be to get recruits to enroll for spring, not so that it can maximize the class size, but because FSU might be losing as many as 15 starters to graduation of the NFL off the 2014 team and getting spring experience is very beneficial for those wanting to play early. I expect this to be the biggest class of early enrollees FSU has ever had.

I like Marlon Gonzalez quite a bit. He's a player who is a bit under the radar, but watching his junior film, I am 100-percent ready to say FSU was smart to accept his commit when it did last summer. While recruiting rankings are continually getting more and more accurate, they are extremely sketchy this early on.

-Junior days will be February 22 and March 1, and I'm sure FSU will have many players from all over the South and potentially the country invited in. Tallahassee is beautiful in early spring and is a great contrast to some of the other areas of the country that are still pretty chilly.

-I felt like a huge homer writing about FSU's 2014 class, but the Seminoles really did hit home runs at every position and unquestionably met their needs. It's hard to find anything to dislike about the class at all.

-You are going to hear about a lot of elite prospects in the state favoring Florida. All I'll note is that it is way, way early, and at this point last year, nobody saw Florida State landing Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane, etc. Florida State is going to get very good players under Jimbo Fisher, and there really should never be any doubt about that. Just know that being the defending National Champions won't make every kid who grew up loving the Gators suddenly favor FSU. Also, FSU might go a little bit more nationally focused this year, in addition to hitting South Florida hard once again.


Apparently James Willis will not be the next linebackers coach of Florida State. I can tell you that FSU's media is very, very surprised about this.

-Bill's S&P+ projections are out. FSU comes in at No. 2.


Jimbo Fisher was on the Joe Rose show Friday morning and discussed recruiting and Jameis Winston potentially coming back.

-I was on 1010XL Thursday to discuss Florida State's recruiting haul.

-Ingram and I recorded the podcast last night and it should be out sometime today.

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