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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The most striking thing about Florida State's recruiting haul on national signing day, coach Jimbo Fisher said, was its size.
Fisher bragged Wednesday about the mammoth frames, long bodies and versatile athletes from a class that, according to Florida State's math, didn't include a single player under 6 feet tall. Of course, Fisher just as easily could have been talking about the sheer numbers that, in addition to ample quality, bring much-needed quantity to the defending national champs.
"It's one of the most complete classes we've been able to sign," Fisher said. "We hit needs all the way across the board and filled it with great players."
Fisher heaped praise on his 2014 class after the 28th and final letter of intent emerged from his fax machine Wednesday, giving Florida State the No. 3-ranked class in the nation, according to ESPN.
The Seminoles landed two of the country's top six receivers in Travis Rudolph and Ermon Lane, who announced his decision Wednesday morning. Along with athlete Ja'Von Harrison, the trio should help fill the void for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, who lost two of his top three targets from this past season.
They also reeled in a massive class of offensive linemen, including juco transfers Kareem Are (an early enrollee) and Chad Mavety, and ESPN 300 linemen Corey Martinez and Roderick Johnson. FSU signed just three offensive linemen in its previous two signing classes who remain on the roster. All five of the projected starters on the line for 2014 are seniors, meaning an overhaul is in store for 2015.
"You can have all the skills in the world you want, but you've got to win those battles up front and protect," Fisher said.
|Ermon Lane, the No. 22 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 and the second-ranked wide receiver, committed to Florida State on Wednesday.|
He didn't land every prospect on his wish list, however. Florida State missed out on prized receiver Malachi Dupre (LSU) and defensive lineman Dexter Wideman (South Carolina), and saw quarterback Treon Harris, a longtime commitment, flip to rival Florida.
Fisher shrugged off the loss of Harris, instead praising fellow 2014 quarterback J.J. Cosentino's arm as being "as good as anyone we've got here."
Although Florida State lost backup quarterback Jacob Coker to Alabama last month, Fisher suggested he believes Winston, who would be eligible for the NFL draft after the 2014 season, will stay with the Seminoles for two more years.
"Everybody says he's going to stay one year and leave," Fisher said to reporters. "Which I don't think that's true. I think it will be two."
Fisher also made official the promotion of linebackers coach Charles Kelly to defensive coordinator, replacing Jeremy Pruitt, who took the same job at Georgia after just one year in Tallahassee. Fisher said Pruitt's loss had little impact on FSU's recruiting and noted that Kelly will maintain a similar defensive scheme.
"Not a lot of changes and not a lot of wondering whether this is going to change or whether he will do something different," Fisher said. "We will stay in the same philosophies of how we want to do things."