FSU football has a top-five recruiting class for first time since Jimbo Fisher era

It’s still early, but Mike Norvell’s Seminoles seem to be making notable progress on the recruiting trails.
Mike Norvell should be celebrating FSU's current top-five recruiting class.
Mike Norvell should be celebrating FSU's current top-five recruiting class. [ DON JUAN MOORE | Don Juan Moore ]
Published Jun. 28, 2021|Updated Jun. 28, 2021

Florida State capitalized on the eased recruiting restrictions this month and finds itself in a position it hasn’t been in years: boasting a top-five recruiting class.

Mike Norvell’s Seminoles have landed five prospects since Friday: four-star offensive linemen Qae’shon Sapp and Antavious Woody, four-star defensive lineman Trevion Williams, three-star defensive lineman Bishop Thomas and three-star offensive lineman Kanaya Charlton.

Woody’s announcement Monday afternoon gives FSU 14 commits for the 2022 class and pushed its ranking to third nationally (behind Ohio State and Notre Dame), according to the 247Sports composite. The Gators sit 19th, while Miami is 58th.

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We’ll pause here for the standard caveats. Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent during their senior year. A lot can, and will, change between now and the December early signing period and traditional February date. Alabama’s class is ranked behind Rutgers. Anyone think that will be the case in February?

But FSU’s top-five status is nonetheless noteworthy, especially considering where FSU’s recent classes have ranked in previous Junes:

2020: No. 18

2019: No. 16

2018: No. 13

2017: No. 11

2016: No. 8

The last time I could find FSU recruiting ranked in the top five around this time of year was in 2015, when the Seminoles had the nation’s No. 1 class. That class was also the last time FSU finished in the top five; it was third nationally with big-name prospects like Landon Dickerson (who became an All-American after transferring to Alabama) and Brian Burns (the Panthers’ No. 16 overall pick in 2019).

Brian Burns was part of FSU's last top-five recruiting class.
Brian Burns was part of FSU's last top-five recruiting class. [ Tampa Bay Times ]

The ‘Noles’ current class is buoyed by its relatively large number of commitments. Their average (90.24) would be closer to 12th nationally. Still, that’s slightly better than UF and would be FSU’s best result since 2018.

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Even if the ‘Noles don’t stick in the top five (or 10), their hot stretch this summer suggests they’re continuing to make strides to get back to where they used to be.

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