FSU football: 5 major takeaways from 2024 Early Signing Day

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Elite Secondary

The defensive secondary Patrick Surtain Jr. signed in his inaugural season is elite despite losing KJ Bolden to Georgia. FSU signed long and rangy defensive backs capable of defending larger wide receivers. FSU had arguably the best secondary nationally in 2024 with a ceiling on its athletic talent. These four signees rank No. 3, No. 8, No. 11 nationally, and Ricky Knight ranks as the No. 22 athlete who'll play defensive back. This class, coupled with several excellent additions in the 2023 recruiting class, proves FSU should be among the best secondaries nationally for years to come.

FSU added six defensive backs in the 2023 recruiting class and signed these four. FSU may lose Renard Green, Akeem Dent, Jarrian Jones, Fentrel Cypress, and potentially one or two others after this season. Several of those guys have futures in the NFL or other professional leagues, but Dent was the only top 50 player nationally among them. Imagine what the secondary will look like in a couple of years, with Patrick Surtain getting another year or two of experience in Adam Fuller's defense.