Florida State Football: Jimbo Fisher's Biggest National Signing Day Battles
The championship was won on the field, and now the championship off the field must follow.
Jimbo Fisher and his band of merry men are one week away from national signing day, and they are in full attack mode when it comes to securing names for Florida State's 2014 signing class. They're in the precarious situation of making their program sound the best to recruits while dozens of other schools are doing the same thing.
February 5 is D-Day for Fisher, and here are the biggest battles he must win along the way.
The commitment of Ermon Lane, a 4-star receiver according the 247Sports, doesn't seem like much of a battle on paper, as most experts predict him to head to Florida State after decommitting from the University of Florida.
Closing on a recruit, though, is sometimes the hardest part of the process.
Lane has said he'll keep his choice a secret until national signing day, which forces Fisher to continue pursuing the talented wideout until the last possible second.
Miami and Alabama are amongst the foes on the recruiting trail, and though it is likely that Lane will put on a Florida State hat come Wednesday, Florida State can't give up the fight.
Sometimes the hardest battle is keeping one of your own.
Treon Harris has been a Florida State commit since July, but lately, he's been flirting with a few other schools, namely the Seminoles' good ol' friends at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Auburn and Miami have been mentioned as Harris' other possible destinations.
Having quarterback depth is essential to the health of a program, and Harris—along with fellow 2014 commit J.J. Cosentino—was firm in those plans for the Seminoles.
Though Harris hasn't officially decommitted from Florida State, rumors of a possible flip to the University of Florida are starting to heat up more and more.
Another potential flip is wide receiver Travis Rudolph, who committed to the Seminoles at the Under Armour All-America Game.
You better believe that Jimbo Fisher is talking to Rudolph as often as he can, though.
Rudolph garnered attention from top programs, such as Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State, so it isn't outside of the realm of imagination that programs are still going after the 5-star receiver from West Palm Beach, Fla.
There's one more major uncommitted receiver on Jimbo Fisher's radar, and that's Malachi Dupre, a 5-star from New Orleans.
Though Dupre is widely expected to sign with LSU, his hometown team, Florida State is making a late push to grab the receiver. He made his official visit on Jan. 24 and was escorted around by the one and only Jameis Winston.
It's hard to lure a fish away from its pond, but Fisher is known for his recruiting prowess. Getting Dupre is going to be one of the biggest battles that Fisher will fight, but expect him to put all his firepower behind it.
Marlon Humphrey is the type of player who can come in and make an impact almost instantly, especially at a place such as Florida State, where freshmen are given just as much opportunity to play as seniors.
Humphrey is the No. 1 cornerback, according to 247Sports, scoring 99 with five stars.
Unfortunately, Alabama was the overwhelming favorite to land him, which is mainly due to the fact that he's a Birmingham, Ala., native.
FSU was making a late push. Humphrey visited Tallahassee on Jan. 17 and posted screenshots of him texting with Jameis Winston. Ultimately, though, the corner decided to commit to Alabama on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The biggest obstacle in FSU's path may have been the departure of Jeremy Pruitt to Georgia, since Pruitt was in charge of recruitment.
About a week ago, new defensive coordinator Charles Kelly took over the duties, and he and Fisher visited Humphrey in Alabama. Getting the 5-star talent to Tallahassee while battling against the recruiting machine that is Nick Saban was going to be a difficult task, but Fisher did his best to pull it off.
Stats and recruiting information came from 247Sports.
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