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5 Reasons 5-Star DE Josh Sweat Will Sign with Florida State

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJuly 23, 2014

5 Reasons 5-Star DE Josh Sweat Will Sign with Florida State

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    Josh Sweat is a 5-star defensive end from Virginia who is the No. 1 recruit in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

    At 6'4.5" and 240 pounds, Sweat had 94 tackles and 22 sacks as a junior, according to 247Sports. Sweat has exceptional first-step quickness, speed, length and deceptive strength on the edges. Many schools are drooling over him, including Florida State. 

    Here's a few reasons why Sweat will end up in Tallahassee.


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports

Jimbo Fisher

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    Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has established himself as one of the nation's premier coaches.

    Fisher is a remarkable 45-10 in four seasons so far in Tallahassee, per

    He also won the BCS National Championship last season.

    It's evident Fisher knows what he's doing, and he's also stocked his roster with a ton of talent via the recruiting trail.

    Sweat couldn't go wrong by choosing to play for Fisher. 

Talented Roster

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    Florida State has brought in some of the top recruiting classes in the country in recent seasons.

    The 2012 group was rated No. 3 nationally, while the 2014 class finished at No. 4 in the country.

    The Seminoles currently are No. 8 in recruiting. Their class is led by stud 5-star safety Derwin James. Sweat would be surrounded by some of the country's most talented players at FSU. 

    Sweat told the following to Marc Givler of (subscription required) on June 26:

    I like the way they play just from watching them on TV this past year. They were recruiting me hard before they even won the championship so I'm not jumping on them just because they won or whatever. 

Odell Haggins

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    The primary recruiter for Florida State in the Sweat sweepstakes is ace recruiter Odell Haggins

    Haggins also happens to be the defensive line coach for the Seminoles, so he would be Sweat's personal tutor in Tallahassee. A respected recruiter, Haggins has been with FSU for more than 20 years.

    He doesn't miss out on big-time targets like Sweat often.

Defensive Line Tradition

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    Florida State has been home to some of the best defensive linemen college football has ever seen.

    While players like Mario Edwards Jr. and Eddie Goldman anchor the current defensive line for the 'Noles, defensive linemen such as Kamerion Wimbley, Broderick Bunkley, Timmy Jernigan, Jamal Reynolds, Darnell Dockett, Travis Johnson, Tank Carradine, Corey Simon and Peter Boulware have all starred in the defensive trenches for FSU.

    With a tradition and pedigree like that, Sweat would obviously be in terrific hands to help him get to the NFL.

    Steve Hare of (subscription required) wrote on April 24: "Sweat said he could play either defensive end position or even drop back into coverage if necessary."


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    The infrastructure Florida State boasts can rival any program's in the country. The Seminoles have a great winning tradition and history, an intense and passionate collection of fans and solid facilities.

    They are the dominant team in their conference, are always in the national spotlight and have won three national titles. Florida State's stature and prestige as a program is on the highest level of college football, and that appeals to Sweat and many other recruits.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

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