With the regular season over for Florida State at an impressive 10-2, it's time to turn to recruiting. The Seminoles do not seem like a great threat to secure the top overall spot, which is disappointing, but should still bring in a top class. Let's review the offense.
Florida State will return three scholarship quarterbacks in 2016 and already have a commitment from Malik Henry, a top-five pro-style passer nationally from California. Henry is set to enroll early, and while FSU is still in contact with Feleipe Franks, a former LSU- and current UF commitment from Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla, it doesn't seem likely to land him and is fine taking one QB.
Florida State returns 18 skill position players in 2016, and is not slated to lose anyone to graduation. But with that much talent clustered, there is only so much playing time to go around, and attrition could be expected. Given that, look for Florida State to take at least a receiver, tight end and running back.
As of now, FSU has its tight end in Naseir Upshur, a four-star from Philadelphia, and its running back in Amir Rasul, a four-star speedster from Miami. FSU appears to be done at the tight end and running back spots. Receiver is a narrow board, with Nate Craig-Myers of Tampa Catholic and Keith Gavin of Wakulla leading the way. Both are elite talents. There's also a rumor that 2017 commitment D.J. Matthews, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity could re-classify into the 2016 class. FSU does not seem likely to reach for a body if it strikes out here, as it brought in seven receivers over the last two classes.
13 linemen return for Florida State and attrition of one might be expected. Florida State will likely look to sign three to four offensive linemen, giving it a total of roughly 14 signed over the 2014-16 classes. The Seminoles already have three offensive line commitments: Josh Ball is an elite tackle prospect from Virginia, and Baveon Johnson of Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen and Andrew Boselli of Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence are promising interior prospects. Florida State is still pursuing Landon Dickerson of North Carolina and Jauan Williams of DC. FSU is battling a number of SEC programs for those tackles. I would not expect FSU to reach for a body on the offensive line if it does not land one of the remaining premier players.
FSU also has secured commitments from specialists Ricky Aguayo (brother of FSU kicker Roberto) and Logan Tyler, of Kansas. Aguayo seems more likely to end up as the kicker, and Tyler the punter, but that will be sorted out when they arrive on campus.
Tyler had a lot of praise for FSU's special teams.
"It was a big part of the game," Tyler said. "Cason [Beatty] pinning them deep and making them work with a long field all night was huge. And then Roberto [Aguayo] being able to put every field goal opportunity through the uprights takes a lot of pressure off the offense. Special teams matter a lot more than the average fan knows about, and last night proved that."
As we'll see Wednesday, the recruiting picture is much clearer on the offensive side of the ball than on defense.