Let’s just get this one out of the way first; it has become quite clear to me that a good amount of fans don’t fully understand how the recruiting process works. And that’s fine. The recruitment of high-school players can get very obscure to those ignorant to the process, but I digress.
Look, recruiting is the lifeblood for any college football program. But, if the last coaching staff taught us anything, it’s that great recruiters aren’t always the best coaches. Sometimes the best recruiters are flat out awful at teaching the game. Sound familiar?
This is why I generally don’t put too much stock into recruiting rankings. And maybe that’s because the last regime has me a bit gun-shy, but either way, it just doesn’t make sense for people to overreact to this recruiting cycle; especially when you consider the recent struggles FSU has experienced.
Still, Coach Norvell was able to finish up with a top 25 class and addressed some critical needs at a variety of positions (QB, RB, OL, and LB). Pretty remarkable when you consider the 18-20 record over the past three years and two straight losing seasons. Not to mention he only had a few weeks to meet and recruit kids; all while simultaneously assembling a coaching staff.
It will still be way too early to tell but, spring camp should give us a better idea about these players and this coaching staff. More than any sort of recruiting rankings ever could. Spring camp will also show us how this team will look come fall. Way more useful than a star count or blue-chip percentage.