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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Recruiting rewind: Florida State

By Heather Dinich

Florida State fans couldn’t have asked for much more from Jimbo Fisher in his first signing day as the Seminoles’ head coach.

He and his staff lured in eight players from the ESPNU 150 list. They recruited two five-star players and nine four-star players. They closed on two of the best players in the country on signing day, and finished Wednesday with the No. 6 recruiting class in the country and the best in the ACC, according to Scouts Inc.

Not bad for a first go-around.

"Maybe we can move from 6 to 1," Fisher said of the national rankings. "We're not very far away from that."

That’s thanks in large part to the commitments of five-star linebacker Jeff Luc and five-star corner Lamarcus Joyner.

"We may look back on Luc and Joyner and say they started the whole thing," said Fisher. "They understand the importance of what they did."

They were only a fraction of the signing day success, though. Most importantly, Florida State addressed its needs defensively, where the Seminoles have struggled most. FSU signed 24 players, including 14 on the defensive side. FSU added five defensive linemen, five linebackers and four cornerbacks to a group that will be under the direction of first-year coordinator Mark Stoops and a new scheme. Offensively, the Seminoles focused on replenishing the receiving corps and did so with five signees, as well as two tight ends.

Four players -- Luc, defensive tackle Anthony McCloud, running back Debrale Smiley and quarterback Clint Trickett -- have been enrolled in school since the start of the semester.

Florida State gave its class a boost on signing day with the addition of outside linebacker Christian Jones and wide receiver Christian Green, two in-state members of the ESPNU 150 who are ranked among the top 10 at their respective positions.

It was an impressive effort, considering the recent retirement of one of college football’s best closers, Bobby Bowden, and the fact that five new assistants have been in their offices for less than a month.

"We've put so much on recruiting, which is true,” Fisher said, “but now we've got to develop the players."