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National champ FSU Seminoles reload with top recruits

Central's Dalvin Cook scores in the first quarter as Miami Central takes on Seffner Armwood in the Class 6A state championship game in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
Central's Dalvin Cook scores in the first quarter as Miami Central takes on Seffner Armwood in the Class 6A state championship game in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

FSU commitments

Name, position, school, height-weight

Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central, 5-11, 196

Kain Daub, ILB, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-4, 243

Lorenzo Featherston, DE, Page (N.C.), 6-7, 220

Travis Rudolph, WR, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 6-1, 188

Jacob Pugh, OLB, Tallahassee Godby, 6-4, 224

Delvin Purifoy, OLB, Pensacola Catholic, 6-2, 234

JoJo Robinson, ATH, Miami Northwestern, 6-0, 185

Treon Harris, QB, Miami Booker T. Washington, 5-11, 186

Dexter Wideman, DT, Saluda (S.C.), 6-4, 275

Corey Martinez, G, Tampa Catholic, 6-4, 302

Demarcus Christmas, DT, Manatee, 6-4, 290

J.J. Consentino, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pa.), QB, 6-4, 209

Chad Mavety, OT, Nassau Community College (N.Y.), 6-6, 320

Mavin Saunders, TE, Kinkaid School (Texas), 6-5, 233

Jonathan Vickers, RB, North Florida Christian, 6-0, 212

Rick Leonard, DE, Middletown (Md.), 6-6, 250

Blake McCain, DT, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-3, 258

Alec Eberle, C, Atlee (Va.), 6-4, 271

Kareem Are, G, Fort Scott Community College (Kan.), 6-5, 310

Ryan Izzo, TE, Pope John XXIII (N.J.), 6-6, 215

Ethan Frith, T, North Pike (Miss.), 6-7, 336

Trey Marshall, S, Columbia, 6-0, 196

Brock Ruble, T, DeMatha Catholic (Md.), 6-9, 322

Adam Torres, DT, Lake Mary, 6-5, 265

Malique Jackson, ATH, Wayne County (Ga.), 6-1, 170

Frederick Jones, DT, Miami Central, 6-2, 270

Arthur Williams, DT, E.E. Smith (N.C.), 6-4, 280

Stephen Gabbard, LS, Tallahassee Godby, 6-3, 220

Miami Herald Writer

Nobody has ever questioned Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s ability to recruit.

Since arriving in Tallahassee — first as the offensive coordinator in 2007 before assuming the role of head coach in 2010 — people have known Fisher could bring in plenty of talent.

Now the other shoe has dropped.

After hoisting the national championship trophy on Jan. 6, Fisher has answered the critics who questioned whether he could coach, too — the ones that doubted whether he could win big.

The way he did it is also worth noting. Fisher won a national title after replacing half of his coaching staff and 11 draft picks following the 2012 season.

In the early months of 2013 as Florida State fans were worrying about the loss of assistant coaches, about recruiting areas and the effect losing defensive coordinator Mark Stoops would have, Fisher was busy cobbling together his coaching staff and putting the finishing touches on yet another top-five recruiting class.

The results were obvious this past fall. FSU ran the table, going 14-0 and winning the third national title in school history.

Coincidentally, this year as Fisher looks to put the finishing touches on another top recruiting class (it is ranked fifth by Rivals, third by ESPN), he finds himself in a similar position to last year: replacing a defensive coordinator and looking at losing as many as 10 players to the NFL Draft.

After just one year, Jeremy Pruitt — one of the best recruiters on Fisher’s staff — defected to Georgia this past offseason. The Seminoles have opted to promote linebackers coach Charles Kelly to coordinator rather than make an outside hire, but the impact of Pruitt’s departure will have an obvious affect on the players he was recruiting to FSU.

Still, don’t expect Fisher to sweat Pruitt’s departure. With another strong class of players headed to the NFL, the 2013 BCS Championship in hand and a Heisman trophy winning quarterback recruiting for him, Fisher is more influential than ever with National Signing Day approaching. His program practically sells itself right now. That Fisher is, by consensus, one of the best recruiters in the college game almost seems unfair.

If anything, Florida State is likely to have to turn away players when it’s all said and done. Currently there are 28 players committed to FSU — five of whom have already signed a letter of intent — with a handful of other still considering offers.

Leading the class are a couple of five-star players from South Florida. West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman’s Travis Rudolph, a five-star receiver, committed to FSU at the Under-Armour All-American Game. Miami Central’s Dalvin Cook — ranked the fifth best running back in the nation by Rivals — has already enrolled for the Spring semester.

Five-star receiver Ermon Lane from Homestead, a close friend of Cook’s, could follow suit and sign with Florida State in the coming days as well. Fisher always has had success recruiting out of South Florida, right in rival University of Miami’s backyard.

In addition to Cook and Rudolph, Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris and Miami Northwestern athlete JoJo Robinson (both considered four-star recruits) are also solid commitments.

On defense — where the Seminoles are losing five starters — Florida State looks set to welcome a solid crop of players headlined by 6-2, 285 tackle Demarcus Christmas from Manatee, Kain Daub a 6-3 240 linebacker from Jacksonville Sandalwood (early enrollment) and Tallahassee Godby linebacker Jacob Pugh (6-4, 236).

If things continue to hold for the Seminoles through Feb. 5 , the rich look to get a bit richer.

Currently there are 28 players looking to play their college football under Fisher at FSU — 28 and counting.

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