Don't blink now, or you might miss the tremendous job that Jimbo Fisher has done with turning the Florida State football program around in such a short period of time. Most fans were expecting him to make moderate improvements within the first year of being the head coach. Instead, he did just the opposite, leading the team to a 10-win season, the ACC Atlantic title and a bowl victory over South Carolina.
"People ask if it matters if you get the No. 1 class, and to me it really doesn't," Fisher said. "I don't mean that in a negative way, because it's the guys we wanted. We started taking guys before they had stars out. I don't care. We can identify and we recruit our own guys. We can evaluate that. But at the same time, it does signify to a lot of people that Florida State is starting to be a significant player again in the college football world and we can get back to the top very quickly in my opinion if the ball bounces right. We've got to develop those players and coach those players."
Well, whether it means something to him or not, they did just that in landing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2011. This is something that most Seminole fans grew accustomed to seeing on a regular basis during the dynasty stretch in the 90's. However, this time around they are looking at a new face of the program, and that is Fisher. What he and his staff have accumulated in this year's recruiting class is nothing short of outstanding.
In one year he has been able to hush the naysayers and started praising his abilities to reach what he has set out to accomplish. There is no doubt that Fisher and his staff are working diligently to bringing this program back to prominence, and these recruits are just another step in the right direction.
There is a plethora of recruits in this class who can and will be making an immediate impact, so let's take a quick look at the ones most likely to add the tomahawks to their helmets.