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Florida State football, recruiting news: The ACC has the best head coaches in college football

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A big reason the ACC gets the top spot in our rankings is that it’s the only conference with two national title winning coaches. And Fisher’s Seminoles are well-positioned to help him join Meyer and Saban as the only active coaches with multiple national championships.

After winning the 2016 title, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney enters his 10th season at the school. That’s tied for the longest of any ACC coach along with Johnson and Cutcliffe, who have brought their respective programs out of moribound situations.

Cutcliffe’s 10-4 Duke team in 2013 was the first double-digit season in Duke history and the first time the program had won at least eight games in 29 years. While injuries led to a 4-8 season for Duke in 2016, the preceding three seasons was the best three-year stretch in program history.

Johnson recorded 11-win seasons in 2009 and 2014. The 2009 season was the first 10+ win season for the Yellow Jackets since 1998. Yeah, 2015 was bad (3-9), but Georgia Tech responded with a 9-4 campaign in 2016.

The ACC also boasts Mark Richt, who has a 154-55 career record and went 9-4 in his first season at Miami. And Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente won the ACC Coastal in his first season with the school while North Carolina’s Larry Fedora has averaged eight wins a season since he got to Chapel Hill.

Players to watch: DT Demarcus Christmas, QB Deondre Francois, TE Ryan Izzo, S Derwin James, S Trey Marshall, CB Tarvarus McFadden, WR Nyqwan Murray, NT Derrick Nnadi, RB Jacques Patrick, LB Jacob Pugh, WR Auden Tate, LB Matthew Thomas

The outlook: The Seminoles had just six players drafted over the last two seasons, but keep in mind that they've had 17 players taken inside the first two rounds over the last five drafts. Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden appear to be the best of FSU's current group. Derrick Nnadi came back in better shape, which could lead to a big senior season and an elevated draft stock. Keep an eye on redshirt sophomore QB Deondre Francois, who has a big arm and an underrated group of targets to throw to this season.

Tino Sunseri, Florida State, Offensive Quality Control (28): The son of former Florida State assistant Sal Sunseri, Tino is making a splash in his own right in Tallahassee. A quarterback at Pittsburgh and in the CFL — he won a Grey Cup in 2013 — Sunseri works directly with Jimbo Fisher with FSU’s quarterbacks. He’s also been building relationships with 2019 recruits; FSU's '19 class ranks No. 2 nationally.



Other Sports:

  • Florida State soccer kicks off its 2017-2018 season tonight when the team plays host to UNC Greensboro.