MIAMI (CBS4) – Florida State entered National Signing Day with arguably the best recruiting class in the nation. As the signed letters of intent began to flow in to the fax machine Wednesday morning, FSU continued their strong showing.
The Seminoles had commitments from three five-star players and seven four-star players including Tampa running back James Wilder, Jr. and Davenport, Florida safety Karlos Williams.
FSU’s class was not heavy on any one position, but the team did go a long way towards restocking the depth on the offensive line with 6’4”, 320 lb lineman Jacob Fahrenkrug, 6’5”, 290 lb lineman Josue Matias, 6’4’, 283 lb Bobby Hart of Fort Lauderdale, along with three other three-star players including Ruben Carter from Jackson High in Miami.
The Noles also focused their effort on the defensive line where they will get some big bodies to help out immediately including: 6’5”, 285 pound defensive tackle Derrick Mitchell of Jacksonville, 6’1”, 299 pound Nile Lawrence-Stample of Davie and standout defensive ends 6’6”, 245 lb Cornellius Carradine of Butler County Community College, and 6’6”, 255 pound end Giorgio Newberry.
Late in the morning, the Noles received a welcome bit of news when five-star defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan committed to the Noles. Jernigan is 6’2″, and weighs 275 pounds and recorded 131 tackles, 12 sacks, and three forced fumbles as a junior in high school.
The Noles will have the top class in the state by the end of National Signing Day thanks in large part to the recruiting chops of Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. FSU was the only program not to lose their coach this year, and the school is capitalizing on it in a major way Wednesday.