Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

FSU, Gators had the best signing day of any new coaching staffs

New coaches' first recruiting classes are very hard to compile.

Coaches must assemble their staffs while trying to keep current commits and add more. The miss rate is high because they have so little time to evaluate prospects.

But Florida State's Willie Taggart and Florida's Dan Mullen seemed to handle the transition well. Their classes were tops among new coaches.

FSU's class finished 11th – a remarkable turnaround from where it was two months ago. That haul included 13 blue-chip prospects. That's one more than FSU signed last year.

The Gators finished 14th with a dozen blue-chip recruits (also one more than 2017).

A quick look at how that stacks up to other programs with new coaching staffs (with all data from 247Sports' composite rankings):

Florida State: No. 11 class, 13 blue-chip prospects

Florida: No. 14 class, 12 blue-chip prospects

Oregon: No. 16 class, 11 blue-chip prospects

Texas A&M: No. 17 class, 13 blue-chip prospects

Tennessee: No. 20 class, 8 blue-chip prospects

Nebraska: No. 22 class, 6 blue-chip prospects

Mississippi State: No. 27 class, 6 blue-chip prospects

Ole Miss: No. 31 class, 3 blue-chip prospects

Arizona State: No. 37 class, 2 blue-chip prospects

Arkansas: No. 55 class, 2 blue-chip prospects

Arizona: No. 58 class, 0 blue-chip prospects

Oregon State: No. 69 class, 0 blue-chip prospects

UCF: No. 72 class (fourth in the AAC), 0 blue-chip prospects