FSU football: New coach will need to stabilize recruiting immediately

FSU football recruiting experienced massive attrition in its 2020 class Friday. The new coach will need to address this area immediately.

I wrote Thursday FSU football had been able to avoid the recruiting slide seen after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M in 2017.

The 2018 recruiting class slid to the mid-60’s rankings before Willie Taggart was hired and he did an admirable job of salvaging the class with a final No. 11 ranking.

FSU’s 2020 recruiting class saw three decommitments Friday and fell from No. 18 to No. 22 and now has just 14 commitments.

So the falloff hasn’t been as drastic up to this point, but it’s something the next coach is going to have to address immediately.

The three decommitments came at positions of need as two three-star defensive ends and a fours-star linebacker exited the class.

They could decide to come back when the new coach is announced and it’s likely he’ll reach out to them but nothing’s a guarantee.

The early signing period ends Wednesday, December 18, which means the new coach will have roughly 10 days to salvage what’s left of the class.

I’m sure it’ll be a mixture of reaching out to current commits and former commits coupled with bringing a few players currently committed to wherever he’s currently coaching.

If indeed it is Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, there are at least 4-5 players who I could see meeting needs in FSU’s current recruiting class.

The 2020 FSU football class could take up to 26-27 players in this class depending on how the numbers fall.

Will the new coach look to fill up those slots with bodies(hopefully not), or look to take quality players while taking a monster class in his first full recruiting cycle?

I think it would be smart to do the latter as it would automatically boost the teams recruiting ranking based off sheer number of commits in the 2021 recruiting class.

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Either way, we’ll get to see a snippet of how the coach will handle things shortly and hopefully we’ll see some aggressiveness on the JUCO/transfer portal side of things.

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