Florida State Football: Recap of National Signing Day, 2012 Recruit Class

Joe Drake@JoeDrakeDotComContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2012

Nation's top recruit Mario Edwards selects Florida State
Nation's top recruit Mario Edwards selects Florida State

The Florida State teams under Bobby Bowden in the early '90s were all about defense. They won two national titles and were perennial contenders. After this year's recruiting class, it appears the Seminoles are getting back to their defensive roots.


Signing day wins

Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman chose the Florida State Seminoles live on ESPNU Wednesday morning. Goldman, the top defensive tackle in the ESPNU 150, has already signed his letter of intent. At 6'4" and 310 pounds, Goldman has excellent size for the position but also possesses and explosive first step that will allow him to beat up ACC offensive lines for the next four years.

Florida State will also be receiving a letter of intent from 4-star outside linebacker Reggie Northrup of Jacksonville, Fla. The 6'2", 215-pound Northrup had "soft verbal-ed" to Miami before switching to the Seminoles on national signing day.


Signing day losses

The biggest hit to the Seminole program on national signing day was the commitment flip of Dante Fowler, Jr. He was a soft commit to Florida State for more than a year before signing with the Gators.


2012 Class

Florida State added the best defensive tackle in Eddie Goldman to a class that already has defensive end Mario Edwards (ESPNU's No. 1 overall), defensive end Chris Casher, Reggie Northrup and Ukeme Eligwe. The Seminoles are stocking some serious talent on defense.

Don't worry, though, as it came at no expense to the offense. Five-star quarterback Jameis Winston has been committed to Florida State for several months. The Seminoles also signed the No. 13 quarterback Sean Maguire, No. 8 running back Mario Pender and speedster Marvin Bracy.

A few studs have yet to send their letters of intent (notably Winston and Eligwe), but the majority of the class is signed and sealed.

Obviously, these are just a few of the headliners, FSU currently has 16 total commits, 10 of which are in ESPNU's top 150, according to ESPN.


Final thoughts

Florida State sits at No. 2 in ESPN's 2012 recruiting rankings. After 2011's top-rated class, it is clear the Seminoles will at least have the talent to return to elite status. Though the current roster is stocked with talent, there is no doubt some of these talented freshmen will push for playing time right away as the 'Noles gear up for a run at the national title.

It is time to "Fear the Spear" once again.