Last Thursday was supposed to be all about IMG quarterback Deondre Francois. He had scheduled a press conference at the school to announce his college decision. It was widely expected that he would choose Florida State, but it was a close battle between the Seminoles and Auburn. Moments before Francois was set to announce his decision, the spotlight was ripped away from him by fellow four-star quarterback Kai Locksely.
A dual-threat quarterback from Baltimore, Locksley announced that he had committing to Florida State. Francois then followed suit be choosing Florida State over Auburn. In a thirty minute period Florida State picked up commitments from two of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2015.
Florida State won the national championship in January. The foundation was laid long before then though. Championship teams are developed on the practice field, but they are built on the recruiting trail. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has built one of the top recruiting staffs in the nation and over the past few weeks the coaches have pulled in multiple star recruits.
The momentum started after July’s Jimbo Fisher Camp when four-star defensive tackle D.J. Jones committed to FSU. A JUCO transfer, Jones is one of the top junior college players in the nation according to Rivals.com. He was quickly joined by three-star offensive tackle Abdul Bello, who committed after attending the July camp. Bello, who is originally from Nigeria, has very limited playing experience, but his athletic upside drew interest from many of the top teams in nation. Florida State has also added to its 2016 recruiting class recently with a verbal commitment from Keith Gavin, a four-star wide receiver.
The Seminoles hot streak continued on Tuesday when four-star receiver Auden Tate chose FSU over Florida, Georgia and Michigan among others. Florida State now sits at No. 8 in Rival.com’s team ranking. Baring any surprises the next player to jump on board is expected to be four-star receiver George Campbell. The No. 6 receiver in the nation according to Rivals.com, Campbell is expected to make his decision sometime in the next few weeks.
By: Brandon O’Connor