Tag:Jimbo Fisher
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:20 pm

Video: Jimbo Fisher on FSU's recruiting success

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher intends to bring the Seminoles back on top of the national stage. He certainly has the players to do so after signing day, finishing second in the 2011 MaxPreps Team Recruiting Rankings. Fisher joins Tom Lemming and Rich Rodriguez to discuss his great class.

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 8:22 pm

ACC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before we get geared up with the madness known as National Signing Day, here is a rundown of some of the last minute names and stories in the ACC.

Players to Watch

Stephone Anthony (pictured), LB, Anson (Wadesboro, NC): The talented outside linebacker has narrowed his choices to Clemson and Virginia Tech, and plans to make his intentions known at 11:30 ET on national television.  MaxPreps has Anthony as the top rated player at his position and number 4 overall.  Anthony is credited as being an "every down type player" who can make an immediate impact if necessary.  Getting Anthony would be great news for Clemson, who said goodbye to Brandon Maye earlier this week.

Tony Steward, MLB/RB, Menendez (St. Augstine, FL): Considered the next best linebacker behind Anthony, Steward also finds himself flirting with Clemson, but also could end up with Florida State after an in-home with Jimbo Fisher on Friday.  Steward will announce before Anthony, also on national television.  If Steward ends up with the Seminoles, there will be much more pressure for Anthony to end up with Clemson (where some of the Twitter rumors on Tuesday have him committing).

Darius Jennings, QB/DB, Gilman (Baltimore, MD): MaxPreps has Jennings ranked as the #5 athlete in the class of 2011, but the Baltimore native has some unique schools left on his final list before National Signing Day.  In addition to Ohio State, Jennings is still considering offers from Virginia and recently added Wake Forest.  His 4.4 speed makes him a threat that could be plugged in at any position, but many believe he may find his spot at defensive back.  Regardless of position, a player of this caliber would be a huge sign for the Cavaliers or the Demon Deacons.

Teams to Watch

Florida State: With six players in the MaxPreps Top 100 and No. 2 ranking from Tom Lemming, Florida State will be the biggest topic of discussion on National Signing Day in the ACC. All of this and the Seminoles still have the possibility of adding Tony Steward and Tim Jernigan. Jimbo Fisher has worked the recruiting trail as hard as anyone in the conference. His message to the Seminole fanbase is to re-establish Florida State's position atop the ACC.

Clemson: Despite a less than stellar season under Dabo Swinney, and some major changes on the coaching staff, the Tigers find themselves right in contention with the best schools in the country coming into National Signing Day. They already have a nationally ranked class, and are battling down to the wire for Tony Steward, Stephone Anthony, and defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, among others.

North Carolina: Despite spending most of the season in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, head coach Butch Davis has been able to keep North Carolina on the list of many top recruits. According to local reports, Davis has been making no promises to recruits regarding possible NCAA sanctions. Davis has been stacking four-star recruits, and still could make a splash on National Signing Day with Curtis Grant.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher needed only one season as head of the program to get them right back to the top of the national scene. After a strong finish that included their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since 2005, Florida State could end up landing one of the best recruiting classes in nation. If Timmy Jernigan and Tony Steward do end up hopping on board, it could be one of the best classes in a long time in Tallahassee.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:13 pm

O'Leary adds to already impressive FSU class

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Head coach Jimbo Fisher wants to rebuild Florida State back into a powerhouse using top in-state talent and he helped his cause by adding a verbal commitment from Palm Beach Gardens (FL) tight end Nick O'Leary. 247Sports' Florida State affiliate was the first to confirm the commitment.

Ranked as the sixth best tight end and 74th best player overall by CBSSports/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, O'Leary is the 23rd commitment for the Seminoles in 2011 and joins a recruiting class that is ranked 4th in the country by MaxPreps.

O'Leary had also considered Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU and Ohio State but a close relationship with FSU offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley was a big factor in his commitment. The Dwyer High star is the grandson of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and also had an uncle that attended Florida State. Yahoo! columnist Dan Wetzel joked on Twitter about the O'Leary and Nicklaus connection by saying, "Augusta State blew it on this one."

Florida State figures to open next season in the top ten but O'Leary has the athleticism and skills necessary to compete for playing time early.

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