5-Star LB Matthew "Big 6" Thomas.
As the season nears it's halfway point, recruiting starts to heat up. The Florida State coaching staff has to finish strong in-order to maintain their three year run on top five classes. Here is a look at three key dates that will shape FSU's 2013 recruiting class.
1) This weekend: If all goes as planned, Florida State will be hosting two official visitors to see a huge bounce-back win over Boston College. 4-Star safety Marcell Harris and 4-Star running back Alex Collins are both highly coveted recruits at their respective positions. They'll be in town to watch FSU along with several prospects already committed to the program. Isaiah Jones, Ira Denson, Marquez White, Tyrell Lyons and Levonte Whitfield will mesh well with FSU's official visitors, watching what should be a blowout victory for the 'Noles.
Florida State has ground to make up on each official visitor. We consider Harris a UF lean and Alex Collins is committed to Miami. A dominating win by FSU would leave a lasting impression on each recruit, in what may be their final visit to FSU before Signing Day.
2) Bye Week: In week 10 the Florida State team will take the week off, but the staff will be on. This is their time to do what they do best -- recruit. When FSU hits their bye, that will signify the start of "recruiting season" which runs through signing day.
There will be plenty of news to report on where the staff is and what top targets they're visiting. You should also expect a few more names to pop up on the radar as a result of the coaches hitting the road and evaluating new prospects.
3) Battle for Miami: There will be plenty of eye's will be on the Florida State/Miami game and it won't just be fans. Plenty of south Florida prospects will be either watching this game or attending it. FSU prospects such as 5-Star LB Mathew Thomas, 4-Star RB Alex Collins, 4-Star OL Denver Kirkland, 4-Star CB Artie Burns, 4-Star WR Stacy Coley are all expected to attend the game, not to mention all the younger 2014 and 2015 prospects that will also be focused on this matchup.
Every year FSU and Miami go head-to-head for prospects and this year is more of the same. The 'Noles and 'Canes are considered the two front runners for Matthew Thomas, Denver Kirkland and Alex Collins. There will be a lot of Stars on the line for rivalry game.