The perception of FSU football has taken a hit the past three seasons. Is there still a legitimate claim to “DBU” nowadays?
FSU football is synonymous with producing great defensive backs in its short history. The Noles have laid claim to the title over the years and most of the time it wasn’t even a debate.
However, the last three seasons have put a damper on the entire program, including the perception of what you can become if you enroll at FSU.
Grimes, who hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is considered the No. 1 overall cornerback in the nation. Ironically, he has the EXACT same ranking as former FSU football defensive back Levonta Taylor who is also from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
They both had the No. 7 overall player in the nation with the No. 1 cornerback and No. 1 player from Virginia ranking.
Taylor chose the Noles as part of the 2016 recruiting class and just finished his senior year at FSU with hopes of being selected in the NFL Draft or signed as an undrafted free agent.
Grimes released his top-eight schools recently, and FSU football was not one of them. He’s choosing from:
- North Carolina
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
The one thing that stood out to me was what he said about Ohio State:
“Ohio State is, to me, DB U. They just got their former coach back (Kerry Coombs) who trained big-time defensive backs who are in the league now. Also, Jeff Okudah, who is going the league. I love the coaching staff and I think coach Ryan Day is going to do good things with the program.”
Ohio State Defensive Back Drafted Since 2013
- First Round-6
FSU Football Defensive Backs Drafted Since 2013
- First Round-3
- Second Round-2
I mean, the young man has a point. Okudah will be a first round selection, and Ohio State has had multiple defensive backs selected in the first or second round since 2013. FSU continues to recruit and enroll talented defensive backs. Asante Samuel Jr. and Akeem Dent will likely play in the NFL.
It all comes down to players being coached and developed, and that’s what a Mike Norvell coaching staff is known for.
Here’s to hoping the Noles will be back in the mix among recruits as “DBU” soon.