Florida State has finalized its 2013 recruiting class and has now received letters of intent from all 22 of their commitments.
“I'm very proud today,” said Fisher. “Thought we really met some needs and got some big time commitments today. I think our new staff did a great job.”
Fisher may be playing it modest there. Heading into his fourth year at the helm of the program, he may have just turned in his strongest performance despite bringing in one of the lower ranked classes of his tenure.
It will still be a top 10 recruiting class, but the Seminoles had been in the top five the last few years and some fans may point to the drop in ranking as a sign that Fisher is slipping a little. Not the case. Acting as Florida State's de facto recruiting coordinator over the past month and a half Fisher not only managed to absorb six coaching losses and cobble together a new staff, he also held his class together with very few defections and managed to land a couple of high profile prospects in the final days.
While he didn't do it alone, he had a hand in almost everything and Florida State has managed to weather what could have been a very tumultuous off-season as a result of it.
Of the 22 players signing letters of intent, only 21 will ever see the field. Fisher and FSU are honoring Richy Klepal's scholarship despite the fact he will not qualify medically. Concussion issues forced Klepal, who enrolled early, to end his career before ever taking the field for the Seminoles but he will still get the opportunity to attend Florida State on scholarship after Fisher worked out a deal on Klepal's behalf.
"He was loyal to us, we're going to be loyal to him," said Fisher on Wednesday afternoon.
Two other players, four-star DE Demarcus Walker and four-star OLB Freddie Stevenson also enrolled early and will have a chance to participate in Spring practice.
The rest of Fisher's class features a good balance of speed and power. Walker and four-star DT Keith Bryant are both highly-touted defensive linemen that should add to FSU's already solid depth in the trenches.
John Franklin III, Levonte Whitfield and Ryan Green are all speed demons. Franklin was a little-recruited QB prospect out of south Florida that Fisher raved about for his potential in a read-option offense, while both Whitfield and Green are four-star athletes that bore considerable attention during the recruiting process.
There was a little bit of attrition though and not everything unfolded perfectly for Florida State in the final days. Austin Golson, a four-star offensive line prospect de-committed to FSU and signed with Ole Miss. Last week four-star DE Davin Bellamy also de-committed, he later signed with Georgia.
FSU also missed on South Florida target Denver Kirkland, a high school teammate of Thomas who was alienated by UM last week but opted to go with Arkansas over the Seminoles.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Stacy Coley- who many thought would sign with FSU- picked the hometown Hurricanes over the Seminoles. Jimbo Fisher admitted that even caught him by surprise but that he started to suspect something was up when he saw Coley crying before the announcement on TV.
But all in all, Fisher's South Florida haul was solid this year. In addition to pulling Bryant and Thomas out of Miami on National Signing Day, FSU also grabbed four-star WR Jesus Wilson from Christopher Columbus.
Here's a look at Florida State's 22 recruits from the 2013 class:
Matthew Thomas, OLB, Booker T. Washington, 6-3, 205
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Brentwood Academy, 6-1, 195
Ryan Green, ATH, St. Petersburg Catholic, 5-10, 197
DeMarcus Walker, DT, Sandalwood HS, 6-3, 265
Levonte Whitfield, ATH, Jones HS, 5-9, 176
Ira Denson, OG, Madison County HS, 6-4, 317
Keith Bryant, DT, Atlantic Community HS, 6-2, 305
Marquez White, CB, Northview HS, 6-1, 175
Isaiah Jones, WR, Milton HS, 6-4, 200
Ro’Derrick Hoskins, OLB, Maynard Evans HS, 6-3, 215
Freddie Stevenson, OLB, Bartow Senior, 6-1, 230
E.J. Levenberry Jr., ILB, C.D. Hylton HS, 6-3, 230
Tyrell Lyons, OLB, First Coast HS, 6-2, 220
Jesus Wilson, WR, Christopher Columbus, 5-11, 175
Nate Andrews, WR, Fairhope HS, 6-0, 195
Ryan Hoefeld, C, Brother Martin HS, 6-3, 287
Desmond Hollin, DE, ASA College (JuCo), 6-4, 275
John Franklin III, QB, South Plantation HS, 6-1, 171
Jeremy Kerr, TE, St. Petersburg HS, 6-5, 254
Davarez Bryant, DE, New Smyrna Beach Senior, 6-4, 240
Wilson Bell, OL, Blount HS, 6-4, 305
Richy Klepal, OL, Plant HS, 6-4, 285
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