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One thing that I have been happy about since joining, is that there does not appear to be sugar coating on news like Warchant loves to do.
Having said that, I have a question. The last two recruiting seasons we were #1 and #2 ranked by ESPN. We seem clearly headed towards an "off year" by our recruiting standards due to the coaching turnover. Without sugar coating, just how damaging can an "off year" be? Is it something that can totally rock a program or can our last two really good classes and a strong 2014 class keep us up? If I'm not mistaken, our 2007 recruiting class seemed to really be damaging at the time (especially for our D).
Good question. I believe you can have an off year if you meet needs. Then you are aloowed leeway to miss on specific targets.
Most colleges that seem to be pulling in top 5 recruiting classes typically have an off year where they drop to 10-15. If you are bringing in solid players to build up depth and bringing in great players at positions of need, then it really won't be that damaging.
The bad thing about this recruiting cycle is that o-line is a position of need and we need to bring in some great players that aren't projects to help what was somewhat of a weakness last year and in years past. Oline recruiting will be the most damaging aspect of this recruiting cycle, in my opinion.
Our OL depth is the only problem, we have good back ups but not at every line position. Every other position on our team is good IMO, DE is good now and we have met our needs at LB. 2013 is not a bad as it seems, this could have been a small class with the talent we already have, 2014 is our most important class for OL, because all of our starters for '13 will be seniors by then, so we need more young guys in our program with talent to get ready to play by their redshirt fresh or sophomore years.
Off year like we are going to end up having is no big deal. We are still bringing in a handful of elite talents with 10 or so developmental kids this year. The problem is more position specific. Specifically with OT. Over a three or four year period where you have brought in waves of elite guys it makes very little difference. We have NFL talent and depth for days everywhere except OT. We don't have a RT and we have no depth. That is a major problem that the coaches will have to get very creative and lucky with. I think you are almost certain to see either Newberry or Mitchell make the switch at this point out of necessity even if it is just for depth.
I think it will also make Fsu more attractive for prospects next year for two reasons. 1. There won't be as intimidating of a depth chart 2. We have so many new coaches they can sell recruits on being "their guy" even if they are completely happy with the stocked cupboard.
Just my honest opinion only affects the bridge jumpers.
Not to much sweet going on over here. No pun intended...
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