Recruiting analyst talks Florida Gators, FSU football classes
Before we all move on from national signing day, my colleague, Joey Knight, caught up with Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn to get a little more insight on how the Gators and Seminoles fared.
Dohn called Florida losing four-star DL Shavar Manuel (formerly of Blake High) to Florida State one of the biggest surprises of a day that wasn't great for UF.
"In recruiting you have ups and downs, and today was not a great day for them," Dohn said. "I think you miss out on (DE Brian) Burns, you miss out on (OL John) Simpson...but the bigger issue is, you lose Shavar Manuel and you lose Aaron Robinson... You just wanted to see a little bit more out of the Gators."
Dohn said UF was one of Wednesday's biggest disappointments, but FSU was one of the biggest winners. Joey asked him if this was the Noles' best recruiting class under coach Jimbo Fisher. Dohn's response: "I would have to say yeah, to me it's his most exciting class. Whether it's his best or not, it's his most exciting. It fills some needs. If you look at it, they did great on the D-line, they got some tremendous skill players, they got a shutdown corner, maybe two of them with (Levonta) Taylor and (Carlos) Becker and shoot, even the kicking game you would think. ... Just the depth of the class and the talent and to top it off, you get a little Shavar Manuel.
"I mean, you lose Jamel Cook and you don't really blink at it."
Dohn said one player who could have an immediate impact at FSU is CB Levonta Taylor, a top-10 overall recruit. "(Taylor) could be a dynamic guy in the return game, and that's something Florida State has been missing for a little while. And he's a kid that, when you put the ball in his hands in space in the return game, can just be a game-changing-type player."