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National Signing Day 2012: Florida State & Biggest Winners of Recruiting Holiday

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jimbo Fisher watches on against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

National Signing Day has become a massive day in college football over the past few years and this season Florida State was one of several schools who really improved their future by signing some of the best high school players.

Signing Day is the beginning of a new college football season and before you know it, spring games and practices will arrive.

Let's look at the biggest winners from National Signing Day.

 

Missouri

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 26, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium  in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Tigers didn't have one of the elite classes this season, but they were able to sign the best recruit in the nation, 5-star wide receiver prospect Dorial Green-Backham.

He will be a fantastic wide receiver at the college level and has the speed and size needed to be effective against any defense.

Missouri also signed quarterback Maty Mauk, who projects to be a very good offensive player with his solid passing skills.

 

Ohio State

Despite facing a bowl ban this season, new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was able to bring five recruits in the ESPNU 150 to Columbus.

Defensive end Noah Spence and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt will give the Buckeyes' defense a big boost on the line and will certainly do a good job of getting to the quarterback.

Meyer's ability to recruit several talented prospects at a time when Ohio State is less attractive than in year's past is quite remarkable.

 

Florida State

After a disappointing season, Florida State was able to bring a great recruiting class to Tallahassee with a tremendous National Signing Day.

Cornerback Ronald Darby and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman are two tremendous prospects the Seminoles were able to get commitments from.

With nine commitments in the ESPNU 150, Florida State has improved their roster nicely and has no excuse not to return to the top of the ACC next season.

After all the major recruits make their final decisions, the Seminoles will likely wind up with a top-five recruiting class.

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