Florida State just sealed their 2012 recruiting class with a No. 2 ranking, according to ESPN. The class is littered with all-star caliber talent.
The 'Noles officially welcomed the No. 1-rated quarterback Jameis Winston just two days after National Signing Day. On top of that, they welcomed Mario Edwards Jr., the No. 1 overall prospect and the top defensive end in the country. Eddie Goldman, the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country. Chris Casher, the third ranked defensive end in the country.
Marvin Bracy, the fasted man on the planet, or just in high school. Ronald Darby, the fasted defensive back in the country. Mario Pender, the fourth ranked running back. P.J. Williams, one of the top defensive backs in the country.
Mix in some massive JUCO offensive lineman and some massive defensive tackles, and you're left with an amazing class.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has been one of the best recruiters in the country since taking over at Florida State, but more importantly, he's been one of the best closers. Fisher along with his staff reeled in the top recruiting class last year, just showing how great this group of coaches and recruiters really are.
Now it's time to make that talent produce on the field.
Florida State did not come close to living up to it's hype last season. They were pre-season ranked fifth in the country—then after three straight losses to Oklahoma, Clemson and Wake Forest, they were back with the mediocre teams.
That just can't happen anymore, especially with these amazing classes showing up on campus every year. Fisher has been brilliant in getting this top notch talent to Tallahassee, but now it's time to win some ACC Championships and BCS Championships.
If Fisher and company can't win a BCS Championship within the next three years with these two classes, then Florida State may need to start looking for a new head coach that can land amazing recruiting classes and get them to produce on the field.
There is plenty of talent coming in, but getting that talent to work together as a team is the most important thing. There is no reason this group of young men can't win a BCS Championship—if anything, they must win a BCS Championship.
Fisher is on the cusp of being a great coach, even though he's entering only his third season as a head coach. He's a great offensive mind who knows that defense wins championships. He has a great defensive coordinator in Mark Stoops and arguably the best offensive line coach in the country, Rick Trickett.
It's time for Florida State to break out of the mold that has defined them in this past decade. It's time for Florida State to be back. It's time for this team to tear through the ACC and win a BCS Championship.
They are long over-do, and now is the time for these young players to evolve into the next great team to come out of Florida State.
If this doesn't happen, Florida State may need to look in a new direction, and Fisher may be looking for a new team. Hopefully, in a year or two, Fisher will be able to put these worries to rest, hoist the crystal ball and celebrate a job well done.
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