USC, Auburn, and Penn State recruit like the dickens. Each school has had its crystal trophies, Heisman winners, and mountaintop recruiting years.
Yet each of these schools have a title Seminoles coaches crave--Running Back U. Running backs as plentiful and powerful as horses at the Kentucky Derby.
The ACC might not be sleek in many comparisons, but the Atlantic Division has strength in its rush defense. Last season, five ACC clubs finished in the top 40 in America.
N.C. State and Boston College, recent ACC Atlantic Division heavyweights, ended the season ranked in the top 10 nationally. Statistically, the Boston College Eagles were first in the country against the run.
No wonder the Noles want the best of the runners. Fortunately, the overall cream of the crop come from Florida.
The stats also support their argument. The ACC, besides triple-option Georgia Tech, haven't had a rushing monster in years. Yes, Virginia Tech has had a satisfactory running game, but their overall defense is what has kept them on top of the conference.
So even with the best linebackers (ahem, Florida State), without a strong rushing offense a school will likely not capture the national championship. Just ask VT.
The Seminoles have brought three of these players into the tribe this year. Things look just as swell for 2012. Not to mention all of the talent already on the roster that is about to explode.
Running backs will determine if the 'Noles can avoid a costly conference loss. Without the slip up, the 'Noles will rule the ACC and bring back the old dynasty. This begs a question: namely, who are the Garnet and Gold heroes?