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Florida State wins big on National Signing Day

Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:26 pm

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher injected new life into the Seminoles' football program a year ago, grabbing top recruits at nearly every position on the field and finishing with a top three class. After a few 2012 verbal commits decided to look elsewhere, it appeared as though Fisher and his staff might not be able to recreate the top ranking of 2011 National Signing Day. Even worse, the Seminoles might fall behind Miami in the ACC.

Note to self: never doubt Jimbo Fisher and his staff on the recruiting trail.

Florida State arguably was the biggest winner in the ACC on National Signing Day, securing commitments from six players in Tom Lemming's Top 100 and moving above Miami to No. 6 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Only Alabama and Ohio State have as many top players in their 2012 recruiting class as the Seminoles.

The day began at 9 a.m. when Florida State's staff got to watch defensive end Mario Edwards (No. 4 overall prospect) physically sign his letter-of-intent on national television. Edwards, along with defensive end Chris Casher, were going to be the backbone of a strong group of defensive prospects. With just Casher and Edwards on board to join star quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles already had a Top 10 class.

Then things began to start falling Florida State's way when defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (No. 17 overall prospect) announced his decision to join the Seminoles, giving the camera a big smile and tomahawk chop. Around the same time, Miami verbal commit Reggie Northrup, the No. 14 inside linebacker in the class of 2012, flipped his commitment to Florida State. For the second year in a row, National Signing Day surprises were favoring Florida State.

Then with the bases loaded, Florida State hit a grand slam with the commitment of Notre Dame decommit Ronald Darby. The two-sport athlete from Potomac, M.D. gave credit to the Florida state coaching staff for making Tallahassee feel like home. Darby will have the opportunity to run track at Florida State, where he said he hoped to improve "as an athlete and an as a person."

With Goldman, Northrup, and Darby all joining an already highly ranked class - and only losing defensive end Dante Fowler - Florida State avoided a let down from the memorable 2011 National Signing Day. Once again, Jimbo Fisher and his staff were able to put in the work to secure the big names at the last minute. All that is left for the good folks in Tallahassee to do is receive that letter from Jameis Winston. Winston told ESPN, "I'm a 'Nole," and said he planned to send his letter in when he returned home.  The quarterback also said he had worked hard to recruit Ronald Darby to join him at Florida State.

After watching Darby's announcement later in the day, Florida State fans already feel like the pieces are in place for something special in 2012.

For more on Florida State check out Seminoles RapidReports. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:03 am

Florida State wins big on National Signing Day

Those Hats Look SOOOO Stupid.Thats fitting for Fla.State THUGGSVILLE

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:42 pm

Florida State wins big on National Signing Day

Ronald Darby goes from committing to Notre Dame to decommitting and signing with the Florida St. Criminols.  I will bet you anything that when Deon Sanders visited Darby that he not only got him laid, but the boy found money under the pillow of the Florida St. hooker he banged.  Enjoy this day Darby, because you probably won't make the NFL and if your lucky the Arena Football league will still be around so you can do the only thing you know, play some kind of football.  If I were you I would take full advantage of your very expensive full scholarship and stop getting tattoos, because eventually they will become scars of ignorance and you and the rest of the followers can go live on tattoo island comparing your ink. 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:30 pm

Florida State wins big on National Signing Day

  Great news if they can gel. GO NOLES 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:06 pm

Noles Rule

with all these superstars that jmbo is bringing in, he'll rule the state of florida for years!

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