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Florida State football, recruiting news: Which FSU players will have biggest impact?

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- Zach Dillard of Fox Sport South released his list of 5 FSU football players to watch this season which included many of the usual suspects but also a true freshman, indicating just how big his impact may be from day 1.

On Jalen Ramsey:

There were high expectations from the beginning. During the 2013 national championship season the rising junior became the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders. Ramsey's now started 28 consecutive games, making plays all over the field -- he's posted three interceptions, 12 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and four forced fumbles through his first two seasons. Assuming he stays at the boundary corner position throughout the 2015 season, those individual numbers could drop off as opposing quarterbacks simply refuse to throw in his vicinity.

On Roberto Aguayo:

Aguayo, the 2013 Lou Groza Award winner, returns to provide Fisher with historic reliability in the kicking game. For his career, the redshirt junior All-American has made 48 of his 52 field goal attempts and each of his 149 extra-point attempts. (The latter sounds like a given, but that's rarely the case with college kickers.)

He's the best college football has to offer.

- Jared Shanker of ESPN included Jameis Winston on his list of the 5 hardest ACC players to replace this season. Although they will have to replace one of the best QBs in program history, Florida State has more than one viable option and should be able to spend the first few weeks of the season making sure that the right player is behind center.

Winston won a national championship, a Heisman Trophy and 26 of 27 starts. In this pass-happy era, the numbers might be duplicated -- 4,000 is the new 3,000 for quarterbacks -- but what won't be replicated so easily is Winston's on-field success and command of the huddle. It was his offense the last two seasons and his team in 2014. Maguire proved in a reserve role last season that he can keep a season afloat, but could he maintain that for a whole season? Can Golson avoid the costly turnovers that sunk Notre Dame a season ago? What Fisher has going for him is himself, though. Few, if any, coaches have as strong a quarterback track record as Fisher, who has had four first-round picks and two former players selected No. 1 overall.

- More from ESPN as Andrea Adelson analyzes why Jimbo Fisher is not often considered among the top college football coaches.

- Ariya Massoudi, now a correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel, describes Tyler Hunter's versatility at secondary and how it has paid off for Florida State.

- Over the weekend, FSU offered 4-star offensive tackle Tramonda Moore, the best player from Oklahoma in the class of 2016.