Friday, April 11, 2008

Noles Land 7th 2009 Commitment

Since February's post regarding the CJ Mizell commitment, the Seminoles have gotten verbal commitments from 3 more local recruits. Chris Thompson and Brandon Jenkins committed on consecutive days a little over a month ago and just this week FSU received a commitment from Georgia safety Gerald Demps.

The former two are rated 4 stars each by Rivals, while Demps is unrated for the time being. I don't know much about them specifically, but that now makes 7 total commitments for the 2009 class, all of whom are highly regarded.

What this means is that Randy Shannon and his staff have to increase their recruiting efforts to make sure there isn't a run of talent into FSU. It's extremely early to be panicking, especially considering Miami already has a great foundation set for their own 2009 class. However, kids like jumping on bandwagons and right now FSU's is looking really good.

I don't know that we have any guys who are ready to commit to the Canes anytime soon. Other than TE Orson Charles and RB Lamar Miller, I don't know of many players we are targeting that are rumored to be making their decisions early. We have offered several dozen highly rated recruits by now, many of which have us high on their lists. I don't think we'll be in bad shape even if FSU reels in a top class, but it would help to gain some momentum to keep up with them.

We shouldn't expect too much from the 2009 class anyway because we only have 18-19 scholarships left for next season. We got our bounty this year and should hope they can produce. If the new freshmen can have an impact, then the Canes should be looking at a relatively successful season and start that push towards title contention again.

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