Florida State football, recruiting news 05.28.13

Jonathan Daniel

Recruiting

Recruiting board here, updated periodically.

-FSU did not make the top-six for Jermaine Eluemunor, a JUCO offensive tackle. This is a surprising development, although I did not predict him to Florida State. FSU's top two tackle targets continue to be Roderick Johnson, who should visit this summer, and Prince. The Seminoles are also somewhat in the Chad Mavery sweepstakes, but everyone seems to think he is a lock to Ohio State.

-Florida State could soon gain a commitment from Jacob Pugh, a four-star linebacker from Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby who is also considering Alabama and Florida.

-There are conflicting reports about Deshaun Watson, a Clemson QB commit visiting Auburn over the weekend. Watson is very, very good, and FSU's chances of making the playoff in 2014 and beyond do increase if he flips from Clemson.

-Will Richardson, an offensive tackle target, committed to UVA during a weekend visit. UVA is building quite the recruiting class. However, this is Mike London's fourth year, and if he can't get Virginia to a bowl, questions about his job security will only grow. Winning isn't everything to recruits, but they do want to know the same staff will be in town for four years.

-I'll be talking with top defensive end target Jalyn Holmes this week, so be on the lookout for that.

Opponents

This from The Key Play is a great primer on Pitt. FSU opens with Pitt on Labor Day, and I think the timing of this game really matters. Pitt has a good defense that should only be better, and is not going to be an easy out. Vegas agrees, as FSU is favored by less than a touchdown in some spots.

Miami expects its cornerbacks to improve significantly. I think the starters have talent, but several of the reserves were head scratchers when Golden offered, and continue to be today.

Notre Dame lost its starting QB to an academic issue, which doesn't sound like a GPA problem, but rather more of a violation. Florida State plays Notre Dame in 2014, and Golson will try to be back by then. If he's doesn't make it back, Notre Dame will have serious QB trouble in 2014, absent a transfer. The Irish played for the National Title in 2012, getting crushed by Alabama 42-14. Notre Dame was 5-0 in games decided by a single score.

Perspective on Loeffler's Tenure at Auburn | The Key Play
Is Virginia Tech's new offensive coordinator as bad as he looked at Auburn? Probably not. Good breakdown.

General CFB

I enjoyed this series on Baylor's offense and think Art Briles is a very good coach. Part I | Part II

The SEC might be going to a nine-game schedule, and it could also get rid of permanent cross-division rivals. The driving force behind that is LSU, which gets Florida every year, while Alabama gets to beat up on Tennessee. Yes, Tennessee has been quite good before, but when both programs are operating at peak efficiency, Florida is on another level than the Vols, which hurts LSU's SEC record. FSU fans should root for the permanent division rivals to stay in place, as it forces UF to play LSU on an annual basis.

Any good stories we missed? Drop it in the comment section.

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