Florida State Football: Five Must-Have Recruits For 2011

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles sideline reacts after their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Florida State currently has the third-ranked recruiting class according to ESPN and they are closing in on some top-notch talent that could shoot them to the top spot.

With under a month away until signing day, here is a list of the top five must-have recruits that the Seminoles must get in order to have the top class and to continue to build up the already great reputation that head coach Jimbo Fisher has established for himself as a recruiter.


5. Aaron Lynch, DE

This 4-star recruit was thought to have been already in the bag for the 'Noles until last week when he surprisingly de-commited. The 'Noles are still tops on his list, but there had to be some hidden reason as to why he would change his mind.

This is the second time he has changed his mind this season when he was slated to go to Notre Dame until he switched to FSU. Is this a bad sign? Time will tell, but after his outstanding performance in the Army All-American bowl, he is a hot commodity.


4. Tim Jernigan, DT

Jernigan is a must-have for the simple reason that Jacobbi McDaniel, Moses McCray and Everett Dawkins need help up front. Jernigan has great size at 6'2", 275 and a frame that can pack on more pounds. He would be a great addition to a defensive line unit that led the nation in sacks.


3. Nick O'Leary, TE

O'Leary has ideal size and athleticism to fit Fisher's scheme perfect. He's 6'4" weighing 230 pounds, but moves like a wide receiver. Beau Relliford just doesn't seem to fit the mold of Fisher's offense and doesn't have the speed that O'Leary possesses. O'Leary could realistically step in and start his first day on campus and make an immediate impact.


2. Jadeveon Clowney, DE

Clowney is a long-shot for the 'Noles, but he still has FSU in his top three and has yet to take a visit to Tallahassee. The South Carolina native looks to follow last year's in-state prize, Marcus Lattimore, to USC to play for the Ol' Ball Coach, but there's still that little window of chance that Florida State lands the nation's top prospect.

If that is the case, Clowney would replace Markus White and would most likely have a better impact than what White had. Clowney is massive at 6'6", 240 and has the perfect frame to pack on weight. He has already been compared to Julius Peppers and his athleticism is blue chip. No doubt, Clowney has future first-rounder written all over him.


1. Tony Steward, MLB

I know that Clowney is the top high school player in the country, but Steward has to be the most developed. He looks like he's NFL ready right now and he hasn't played a down of college ball yet. He compares a lot to last year's top middle linebacker prospect Jeff Luc who is now playing for the 'Noles.

Steward would add instant depth and would most likely challenge Luc for the starting middle backer spot, but he can also play both outside positions. Steward would be a prize for the 'Noles and it will come down to signing day until we found out where he goes.

If Florida State can land these recruits they will be in the driver's seat for the top-class and will have some amazing talent to match the likes of the staggering class they already have put together.

Needless to say it appears that Jimbo Fisher was the man for the job, and he can take this team to the heights that Florida State is accustomed too—national championship status.