FSU coming on strong with juniors

Updated: December 3, 2009, 2:09 PM ET
By JC Shurburtt
Florida State continues to blaze a trail with the Class of 2011. Since it was announced on Tuesday that head coach Bobby Bowden was retiring and head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher was taking over the program, the Noles have picked up three verbal commitments for the next recruiting cycle.

Earlier Wednesday, the Noles picked up commitments from ESPNU150 Watch List defensive backs Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast). They join fellow watch lister Trey Pettis, an offensive lineman from Deland, Fla., that committed earlier in the week.

Of course, Smith and Brutus are the younger teammates of Under Armour All-American linebacker Jeff Luc. A source indicated earlier today that the commitment of those two "couldn't hurt" Florida State's chances with the nation's top linebacker prospect.

This continues to show that while the "head coach in-waiting" concept may not always been the most ideal situation for everyone involved as far as day-to-day operations of a football program, it is an ideal scenario for recruiting. Prospects want stability because ultimately, recruiting is about relationships. The great players have multiple options as far as winning programs with tradition go. Their choices will come down more times than not to comfort level with the players and coaches they will be spending the most time with in the coming years.