FSU football is looking to get back to its elite recruiting ways after a few years of subpar classes by Nole standards. They are making lots of final lists.
FSU football recruiting is ranked No. 40 in the 247 Composite Rankings, a far cry from the top 5 classes they would sign just a few short years ago.
Recruiting is the one area most people point to when it comes to where Mike Norvell needs to prove himself.
Unfortunately, he was dealt a terrible hand with this coronavirus pandemic, and things are not anywhere close to normal for any coaching staff, much less a brand new one.
There’s work to be done no doubt, but one promising thing the FSU coaching staff is doing is being in the mix for a lot of quality players.
A slew of blue-chip players has listed the Noles in their top list of schools. Check out a few of them here:
— 1️⃣0️⃣K isaiah Brevard (@BrevardIsaiah) May 18, 2020
Thank God for blessing me with this opportunity to live out this dream❤️ TOP 6 @MSU_Football @HailStateFB @KU_Football @FSUFootball @OU_Football @GamecockFB thanks to @Hayesfawcett3 for the edit pic.twitter.com/rCXcfovxEk
— 4⭐️Keon(QUICK 6) Coleman (@keoncoleman6) May 17, 2020
TOP 10 😈 pic.twitter.com/nRyAZq23lX
— KJ (@Real_Khyree) May 11, 2020
Final 6.. 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/NOFki3tQR1
— ² (@_ccollierjr2) May 20, 2020
— Rocket Sanders 🕺🏿 (@raheim_sanders) May 19, 2020
One half of the recruiting battle is being in the conversation, right? The Noles are doing that for a lot of players without having the ability to get them on campus.
If things were normal, and they were able to have campus visits? Who’s to say they wouldn’t have more commitments in the 2021 recruiting class?
They were trending well with several recruits up to the point everything was shut down. The only complaint I’d have at this point is their ability to address the trenches.
Almost all of the top listed involve wide receivers, defensive backs, or linebackers. Credit has to be given for already getting the quarterback they wanted in the class. However, they have to show the ability to address the trenches on both sides of the ball if they want to turn this program around.
They are in some battles for some offensive linemen, but not the type that can come in and be a difference-maker in their first year. They’ve yet to land a defensive tackle as well. So that’s where my attention is going to be down the stretch. The good news is they know these areas are a priority as they’ve sent out 37 offers on the defensive line, and another 26 along the offensive line.
Let’s see if they can close on any of them once the season rolls around, and they can put a product out on the field. That’s where they’re going to make their biggest moves on the recruiting trail.