Class Snapshot: Florida State
There was a direct correlation between head coach Jimbo Fisher and staff upgrading recruiting at Florida State and the Seminoles winning the BCS title this past season. For 2014, another elite group is heading to Tallahassee with perhaps more to come.
Class Snapshot: Florida State (29 commits)
Top Commit: Running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) has already enrolled and the Seminoles flipped him from a longstanding commitment to in-state rival Florida. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Cook has legitimate 4.4 second speed in the 40-yard dash and his best days of football are ahead of him. It would not be a surprise at all for fans around the country to know his name as soon as the 2014 season. Cook is the No. 13 overall prospect, the No. 2 running back and the No. 1 overall in the state of Florida for the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Class Strength: Linebacker, though the offensive class is deep and there are some very good defensive tackle prospects committed. Florida State has three outstanding linebacker prospects heading to Tallahassee, including four-star Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), who is already enrolled, four-star Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and four-star Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic). Its one of the top classes in the country at that specific position.
Sleeper: Defensive tackle Arthur Williams (Fayetteville, N.C./E.E. Smith) is a prospect that the Florida State coaches loved when he worked out for them at their summer camp and the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder showed signs of having the potential to develop into a high-level player in college during the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in December.
Top Remaining Target: Five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) seems to be at the top of every program’s remaining target list (LSU and UCLA for starters and Alabama is in the mix). The talented pass catcher is officially visiting Tallahassee this weekend and as is the case in Tuscaloosa and Los Angeles, despite the popular opinion being that he is LSU-bound, the Seminoles have a reasonable amount of confidence here. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will be Dupre’s personal host on his visit this weekend.
Remaining Needs: Florida State has talented receivers on campus, but would like to replace them with more talented receivers. Five-star Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla.) has Florida State at the top of his list and will announce on signing day. Should the Noles hit the wide receiver lottery and land Lane and Dupre, added to current commit Travis Rudolph, it would give Florida State three of the top six wide receiver prospects in the country for this cycle.
Top Recruiter: Recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Tim Brewster. The veteran coach is one of the absolute best in the country at going after top-level national talent. He was the primary recruiter-of-record for Cook and five other commits and is the lead recruiter for top target Lane. The former Minnesota head coach can flat-out get it done on the recruiting trail and has an outstanding reputation for building relationships with prospects, parents and high school coaches. Brewster is ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the ACC in 247Sports Recruiter Rankings for the 2014 cycle.
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