Jimbo Fisher's loss of James Coley as his offensive coordinator will hurt recruiting.
It's wonderful when you have a lion's share of options.
The Seminoles are one of a few teams with those options, but will they meet all their needs on the recruiting landscape?
Though the Seminoles have gained in the past couple of weeks (notably, snatching DeMarcus Walker, the fifth ranked defensive tackle in this year's recruiting class), the fate of this class (especially offensively) is in the air. Offensive Coordinator James Coley was offered full control of Miami's offense, and has now left Tallahassee for Miami Gardens and Al Golden's staff.
The 2014 class is already taking a bit of a hit: C.J. Worton, a 2014 wide receiver from South Dade High School in Homestead (a Miami suburb) is unsure whether he wants to commit to the Seminoles next year. Fans can debate that losing Coley, who is from Miami and has great recruiting ties there, is just as bad (or worse) than losing top-notch defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.
Fortunately, the defense still is attracting attention under new DC Jeremy Pruitt. For example, defensive end Auburn commit Tashawn Bower says Coley's departure has no effect on his decision-making process. But there are (obviously) other big names that FSU has in mind.
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, ranked first at his position, has yet to commit to FSU. The Seminoles are in fierce competition with Florida, a multitude of other SEC schools and Miami for this Lake City resident. Guess here is Tunsil won't be directly affected, as Coley was a tight end coach. Denver Kirkland, another OT, is another prized recruit the 'Noles are after, but Ole Miss and the Hurricanes join them in a tight race for the commit.
The Seminoles will likely lose three-star tight end Arshad Jackson, due to Coley's departure. Eddie Jackson, a wide receiver, might have a similar situation to C.J. Worton. Jackson is being pursued by Alabama, who has not only a proven quarterback in A.J. McCarron, but second-year Offensive Coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who already has a national title to his name.
The last (but not least) coveted offensive play comes in uncommitted receiver Jordan Cunningham. Cunningham's entertaining offers from Oklahoma State, Stanford and Vanderbilt, but OSU's losing OC Todd Monken to Southern Miss might cause him to choose Florida State. Stanford would be all the way across the country for this Miami native.
Besides that, the rest of the defense seems to stay intact. Hopefully FSU won't lose another man (especially on defense) or this class could fall to 20th nationally in recruiting.