Grading the 2010 Florida State Recruiting Class
In his first major task as head coach, Jimbo Fisher delivered in the aspect of recruiting for the Seminoles.
With less than a month of having his own staff, Fisher and the Noles were able to bring in the No. 6 rated recruiting class for 2010 according to ESPN.com.
Florida State's poor defensive stats in 2009 set the tone on how the recruiting class would go and while National Signing Day didn't bring any big surprises for the Seminoles, it showed Jimbo Fisher's debut as a head coach.
Secondary - B
DB - Lamarcus Joyner
DB - Mike Harris
DB- Terrance Brooks
S- Chad Abrams
Joyner and Harris seem to be the two who look to get playing time in the FSU secondary the quickest. With Joyner being the No. 1 defensive back in the nation in the 2010 recruiting class, he is the staple to the FSU class this year. His talent will also be attributed to the return game.
Harris comes to FSU after starting his college career at El Camino Community College in California and that experience should come into handy on a secondary that gave up a lot of deep passes in 2009.
It was the safety area that got away from FSU. With safety Matt Elam committing and decommitting from FSU in the matter of days, they then turned their hopes to another Florida commit in Demar Dorsey who surprised everyone on National Signing Day by sending his Letter of Intent to Michigan.
Linebacker - A
OLB - Christian Jones
ILB - Jeff Luc
OLB - Telvin Smith
OLB - Holmes Onwukaife
OLB - Nigel Terrell
Jones and Luc are rated as the No. 1 in the nation in respective positions, they could form a solid wall in the linebacker corp in FSU.
Defensive Line - C+
DE - Darius Cummings
DT - Damien Jacobs
DT - Anthony McCloud
DE - Bjoern Werner
In a line that was depleted with injuries in 2009 and often lacked a pressure on opposing quarterbacks, FSU needed bulk up on the line but they did add two quick defensive ends in Cummings and Werner. With sophomore DT Jaccobi McDaniel deciding not go play baseball this spring so he could concentrate on football, the 2010 additions should be make the line stronger and deeper in depth than 2009. McCloud comes in as a JUCO player from Itawama Community College in Mississippi and has already enrolled at FSU this spring so he can get an edge in adjusting to FSU.
Offensive Line - B-
OL - Dan Foose
TE - Will Tye
TE - Tank Sessions
FSU went into National Signing Day with the belief they would not be signing any offensive line. The OL wasn't a major concern since all the starters from a dominant line in 2009 returned and recruit Dan Foose verbally committed to Illinois a few days earlier. But at 9a.m., Foose faxed his LOI into Florida State. Bringing in two tight ends to replace graduating TE Caz Piurowski looks like an even balance. Fisher is very high on the ability that Tye will bring to the tight end position.
Wide Receivers - A-
The Noles got three solid and quick wide receivers for the 2010 class. With only losing Rod Owens and Richard Goodman after 2009, the WR position wasn't in dire need but the Noles still made sure to sign athletes who could contribute in a few years.
Backfield - B-
QB - Clint Trickett
RB - Debrale Smiley
Another two positions where FSU was already set coming into 2010 so the additions of Trickett and Smiley are for depth and could contribute a few years down the line.
Athlete - B
ATH - Greg Dent
ATH - Jarred Haggins
Jimbo Fisher is a believer in looking for the players that he believe would excel in his schemes and not who has the higher stars. While the true rating of this class won't be known until probably 2012 when a few years have gone by to see which players have developed at the college level.
While a few of the top defensive prospects escaped from FSU on National Signing Day, FSU still landed a very solid and strong defensively-oriented recruiting class for new defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to begin working with.
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