Florida State Football: Re-Evaluating FSU's 2011 Recruiting Class

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Florida State Football: Re-Evaluating FSU's 2011 Recruiting Class
While not one of the 5-stars in FSU's 2011 class, Devonta Freeman delivered 30 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Jimbo Fisher had to fight to build his 2010 signing class in just a few months after taking over for Bobby Bowden.

But, given time to build relationships, Fisher and his staff assembled 247Sports' No. 1 signing class in 2011. The group included four 5-stars—safety Karlos Williams, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, running back James Wilder Jr. and tight end Nick O'Leary—and 14 4-star prospects.

All were key players on the Florida State football team that won the 2013 national title. Williams shifted to running back and had 11 rushing touchdowns, while Wilder added eight TDs. O'Leary set a single-season record for FSU tight ends with seven TD receptions. And Jernigan was one of the leaders up front for a defense that allowed just 12.1 points per game.

The group also included tailback Devonta Freeman, who had a 1,000-yard season and 14 rushing touchdowns in 2013. And wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, who had 15 touchdowns last year, and Rashad Greene, who had 1,128 receiving yards.

"That's a pretty good class," Fisher said last fall. "They've done a great job of going to that next level. ... We thought it was special. But I've been in this business long enough to know that sometimes they don't always pan out."

The class has panned out. Of FSU's 22 starters in the BCS championship game, eight were from the class of 2011: Freeman, Greene, Bobby Hart, Tre Jackson, Timmy Jernigan, Josue Matias, Nick O'Leary and Terrance Smith. Benjamin, Wilder and Freeman are already off to the NFL.

Let's take a look back at FSU's star-studded 2011 class and how those players did in Tallahassee.

Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report, all quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting rankings courtesy of 247Sports. Career rankings among FSU's all-time leaders courtesy of FSU media guides

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