Florida State landed what some recruiting services called the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
Take a closer look at how the Seminoles moved so high in the rankings.
—Malik Henry, QB, 6-3, 185, Long Beach, Ca./ Poly: The early enrollee is one of the nation’s top dual-threat QBs. Coach Jimbo Fisher expects him to compete for a starting spot beginning this spring.
—Levonta Taylor, CB,5-11, 182, Virginia Beach, Va./ Ocean Lakes: A dynamic athlete and returner, Taylor has Fisher giddy over his instincts and competitiveness. He could earn playing time as a nickel back this season.
—Keith Gavin, WR, 6-3, 211, Crawfordville/ Wakulla: FSU believes Gavin, who has 2,090 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns the past two seasons, is the most gifted receiver in the country.
—Josh Brown, OLB, 6-3, 215, Charlotte, N.C./ Mallard Creek: Linebacker is a position of need and Brown is one of the most polished players in this class.
—Landon Dickerson, OT, 6-5, 300, Hudson, N.C./ South Caldwell: Dickerson is a hard-nosed mauler with enough flexibility and athleticism pull off a split on command. He could play multiple positions on the line.
FSU had one of the top signing days of any school in the country, pulling in six four-star recruits on Wednesday. The Seminoles focused on beefing up the trenches (six offensive linemen and five defensive linemen)and signed arguably the top offensive-line class in program history.
It is hard to narrow down FSU’s top signing-day coup to just one player — the Seminoles hauled in four-star studs such as Dickerson, DE Brian Burns, CB Carlos Becker, DL Shavar Manuel and OL Jauan Williams — but Texas linebacker Dontavious Jackson stands out. Jackson (6-2, 252) is a thumper — he has more than 300 combined tackles in the past three years — and should immediately solidify depth at inside linebacker. The Seminoles felt good that they’d land him, but were not sure they’d pull him away from Texas until he committed Wednesday.
It wasn’t shocking, but Miami Central S Jamel Cook’s flip to Southern California stung a little for the Seminoles. Softening the blow, however, is the fact that safety wasn’t a huge need in this class.
Quote of note
“[The busy signing day] wasn’t intentional, it’s just the way it fell out. Part of it too is you had 10 different states represented. They don’t get down as much, they’re still taking visits. I think that has a lot to do with it. It was very fun because you saw our program get better. You saw the guys we wanted we got.”
—FSU coach Jimbo Fisher