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Florida State football, recruiting news: FSU now No. 1 in FPI

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Football

- Florida State overtook the No. 1 spot in ESPN's Football Power Index after the conclusion of spring. Sharon Katz of ESPN Stats and Info went in-depth to explain what brought about the change at the top.

- FSU had the tough task of dismissing running back Mario Pender over the weekend after his arrest for domestic violence.

- SB Nation's Bill Connelly takes a interesting look at what the college football landscape would look like entering 2016 if it followed the European soccer trend of promotion and relegation.

- In Sports Illustrated's post-spring power rankings, FSU surges up the standings, coming in at No. 3 behind Oklahoma and Alabama.

All the pieces appear to be in place for the Seminoles to return to contention for an ACC title and a College Football Playoff berth after last season's 10-win "rebuilding year." Heisman Trophy candidate Dalvin Cook is, of course, the headliner, but Florida State's defense should be equally intimidating with rising stars Josh Sweat, DeMarcus Walker and Derwin James. Redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois looks on pace to win the starting job, adding to the Seminoles' weapons on an offense that returns 10 starters.

- Matt Fortuna, ACC writer for ESPN, has the Seminoles on top of his post-spring power rankings of the best defensive back units in the conference.

Rarely does a team lose a top-five pick from its back end and still have the best secondary in the league, but that's the case with FSU, despite the loss of Jalen RamseyDerwin James is the next superstar in line after a freshman All-America campaign in 2015, and vets like Nate Andrews andMarquez White make this unit dangerous to throw against.

Recruiting

- Florida State sees its first non-early enrollee commit from the 2016 recruiting class officially enroll in school on Monday as offensive lineman Mike Arnold has arrived on campus.

Noles247 is also reporting that offensive lineman Landon Dickerson begins class at FSU on Monday.

- Billy Ross, a 2017 three-star offensive lineman from Huntington, West Virginia, tweeted that Florida State would be among his unofficial visits this summer.

Alumni

- Former Seminole Cason Beatty earned an invite to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Mini Camp over the weekend.

Other Sports

FSU's beach volleyball team completed its incredible season last weekend, finishing as the national runner-ups in the inaugural NCAA Tournament for the sport.

The Florida State baseball team got a much-needed sweep of visiting Bowling Green State over the weekend.