Florida State Football Recruiting: Losing Dante Fowler Jr. Affects FSU Little

Clint EilandAnalyst IFebruary 1, 2012

NSD is over, and it is very clear that FSU was one of the teams that came out on top today. 

I won't go through all the recruits, but some really important names that committed to the 'Noles today are: Eddie Goldman, Mario Edwards and Ronald Darby—with a reassurance from Jameis Winston (cross your fingers that he keeps true to his word.)

But one recruit did not stick to his word: Dante Fowler Jr.

The 5-star defensive end made a late flop to the Gators, which stung a bit. It wasn't the most surprising thing in the world since he said that he didn't know where he was going the day before NSD, but it still hurt.

Now that I analyze his decision, I have to say: His de-commit did not hurt FSU much at all and switching to Florida was probably best for him.

I will not go too much into the defensive side for FSU, because that has already been pounded into everyone's brain by now. I wrote articles detailing it, if you want to read them.

Sorry about that, got caught self-promoting.

Anyways, my main point is that the FSU defense has so much depth to it that losing Fowler didn't hurt anything but the depth chart, and it didn't even hurt it that much.

When you have Werner, Jenkins, Jernigan and Dawkins on the same line, you really don't need to worry a lot about your defense. Then you see that we have Casher, Edwards, Shanks, Stuckey and Goldman as backups and probable future starters.

Fowler may have stolen some time from any of those guys. Sure, he is a great player, but any of those guys mentioned have enough skill to compete with him for a starting job. 

Fowler will get a lot of play time at Florida, mostly because they need some help on the line. FSU doesn't need help, and we already have our line stacked for the future.

Does his flip hurt? Yes. Will it hurt in the long run? Nope.