Coming off a National Championship, Florida State had a chance to put together its best recruiting class yet under Jimbo Fisher on National Signing Day 2014. It did just that, adding 28 commitments, with 16 rated four- or five-stars, a ridiculous haul that hit on every needed position. The group is a consensus top-five class, and has incredible depth.
National Signing Day 3:30 recap press conference
Jimbo Fisher mid-day press conference
Signing Day show at 1 and 5 EST
CB J.C. Jackson (stuck with UF), QB Treon Harris (FSU verbal commit flipped to the Gators), DT Malik McDowell (Michigan State), WR Malachi Dupre (signed with LSU), DL Dexter Wideman (FSU verbal commit switched to South Carolina), Lorenzo Carter (UGA)
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Quarterback: Florida State had one of the best quarterback duos in the country committed, but held on to only one.
Running Back: Five new Seminoles are already enrolled and on campus. The highest-rated of FSU's early enrollees is Miami (Fla.) Central High School running back Dalvin Cook, a consensus five-star player. Cook, who is 5'11 and weighs 195 pounds, is ranked as the 12th-best overall prospect in the class and the top prospect in Florida. He picked the Seminoles, flipping from his long-time Florida commitment, and also had offers from Alabama, Texas, Miami, Clemson, LSU, Florida, USC and Texas A&M. Read more about Cook and Florida State's other running back recruit.
Wide Receiver: Travis Rudolph, a four-star wide receiver from West Palm Beach, Fla. who played high school football at Cardinal Newman High, is a consensus top-six Florida recruit and top-six receiver nationally. 247 Sports ranks him as the nation's second-best receiver prospect and second to only Cook in the state. The 6'1, 185-lb. wideout held offers from nearly every significant national program, and chose Florida State over Alabama and Florida. But Florida State was not done with just Rudolph -- it added two more elite players as well, bringing in perhaps the best group of receivers in the country.
Tight End: Florida State holds commitments from one of the best tight end pairs in the country. They are both in, but aren't expected to play much as freshmen, because of Florida State's depth.
Offensive Line: Florida State was expected to sign one of the best offensive line classes in the country, and it did. FSU already holds commitments from six players, including two JUCOs, and added two excellent tackles as well on National Signing Day.
Defensive Line: Florida State is bringing in a huge and talented group of defensive linemen, and it and it added a four-star defensive tackle and lost a four-star end on National Signing Day.
Linebacker: Joining Cook as an early enrollee is four-star linebacker Kain Daub, another in-state player. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood High product is 6'3, 234 pounds; he is regarded as the No. 4 outside linebacker in the 2014 class and the No. 55 overall player. He picked FSU over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Miami. Florida State is signing one of the best linebacker trios in the country, read all about it here.
Defensive Back: Defensive back was not a major need for the Seminoles, but it does have two commitments. The best of the bunch of Trey Marshall. The Lake City (Fla.) Columbia High School star is already in school already as well. The 5'11, 196-pound safety is a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 13 player at his position. He is also considered the No. 181 overall prospect in the nation. He had offers from Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Miami, and was an invite to Nike's The Opening, where he ran one of the fastest times in the 40-yard dash. Read about Florida State's defensive back haul, and what the smaller 2014 class means for the next year.
FSU saves scholarships for 2015, too
The Seminoles could have comfortably signed in excess of 30 players, because several are qualifying risks, and at least one player has already elected to grayshirt, delaying his enrollment until spring 2015 due to an upcoming shoulder surgery. Any scholarships left over can be saved for 2015, in which FSU figures to clean up.