Florida State Football: Are Seminoles Becoming Offensive Line U?
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Rick Trickett is awfully good at this.
Despite having a subpar recruiting class in 2013 (for FSU, that's anything lower than second nationally), the Seminoles are currently after 19—yes, 19—ESPN Watch List linemen.
The offensive line coach's philosophy seems to work: the father of Florida State's current heir-apparent quarterback Clint Trickett would rather mold players that are willing to change than take perfect specimens and let them do their own thing.
The elder Trickett is more into making leaner players, and his flexibility by not always taking in the highest-ranked linemen has opened doors to recruiting solid, but not yet excellent talent.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has allowed his crew to do the unprecedented—31 of the Seminoles' 34 offers for the Class of 2014 have gone to players on the offensive line. Many should applaud Fisher's bold move; he knows his offense is otherwise loaded, and he has a plethora of quarterbacks to choose from, though Clint Trickett and Jameis Winston stand out.
Sure, Florida State has had some unnatural misses on the recruiting trail this season. Austin Golson, a long-time commitment to the 'Noles, backed out and recently joined Ole Miss' stellar recruiting class this year. Richy Klepal had too many concussions and couldn't afford more injuries in the college game. So there are obviously some exceptions to Trickett being the perfect recruiter: he can't bring them all in, but he's a master at getting them interested.
Despite 2013's recruiting setbacks, one can't help but feel like Fisher and Trickett are building the foundation for more ACC Championships and—dare we dream it—national championships.
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