FSU vs. Notre Dame: Would Recruits Rather Play for Jimbo Fisher or Brian Kelly?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 12:   Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher shakes hands with Sean Spence #31 of the Miami Hurricanes  after a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Florida State and Notre Dame are two of the most legendary programs in college football. The teams have national championships, outstanding players come through and have even played some great games between them.

However, in 2012, which one of these schools is more appealing?

While each person’s opinion is subjective, the edge would likely go Jimbo Fisher at Florida State.

It is not a knock on Brian Kelly by any means, kids simply just want to play where it is warm and where the coeds are gorgeous. The Seminoles have both of those and they are both in large supply.

However, from a football standpoint, there is also a slight edge to playing at Florida State. The ACC, as a conference, consistently churns out some of the best NFL talent in the country.

The other bonus for playing under Jimbo is that you also get Mark Stoops as your defensive coordinator, although how long he will remain there is anybody’s guess.

The guy is one of the most brilliant defensive minds in the game and his defenses have got better with every year that he has been the coach. In 2009, the Seminoles’ defense ranked 110th out of 120 teams in the country. Two short years later, they are sixth.

Guys like Brandon Jenkins and Xavier Rhodes are thriving in the system and the program was an offensive line away from contending for a national championship this year.

Notre Dame, under Brian Kelly, should and will bring in some of the top recruits in the country, but there are some things that keep it from being on the same level as Jimbo Fisher and Florida State.