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Florida State (over)loading up on QB recruits in 2015

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It is amazing what a national championship can do to a program’s recruiting production. Just take a look at Florida State, now with three quarterback recruits verbally committed for the Class of 2015. For now.

As of today, Florida State has three four-star quarterbacks lined up in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. That includes in-state prospects Deondre Francois and De’Andre Johnson and Maryland recruit Kai Locksley, the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley who surprised some Thursday afternoon by committing to the Seminoles. Locksley’s verbal came slightly before that of Francois, which makes the recruiting plan a bit interesting for Florida State moving forward. In case you forgot, Florida State is already in a pretty solid position under center with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, returning for just his sophomore season. Florida State also added four-star quarterback J.J. Cosentino in the most recent recruiting class. Simply put, life is good for head coach Jimbo Fisher as far as quarterbacks are concerned. Francois, Johnson and Locksley are all classified as dual-threat options, while Cosentino is scouted more as a typical pro-style quarterback. Winston, of course, is labeled a dual-threat quarterback as well, so that may give a sense for which direction Fisher would like to go on offense. Hey, it worked last season, but what do you do with all of that talent under center?

The first question to address is the future of Winston in Tallahassee. Winston has stated he intends to play two more seasons for Florida State before deciding on his pro future, which echoed comments made by his father earlier in the offseason. If Winston does stay on campus through the end of the 2015 season, the next question is what goes through the minds of four four-star quarterbacks hoping to be the next starter for Florida State? What are the odds Francois, Johnson, Locksley and Cosentino are all still in Tallahassee? They may not be all that great.

For Fisher, that is a problem he will have to begin sorting through now, although the additions of Francois, Johnson and Locksley will not become official until the next signing day, if they all choose to stay committed to Florida State. By then Fisher will have a better idea of whether or not Winston really will be back in 2015 or if he ends up heading into the NFL. The planning for the position all hinges on Winston’s decision, and Winston’s decision could be an influential one to the future decisions of the Class of 2015 quarterbacks. If Winston does come back, might one of these Class of 2015 quarterbacks re-open his recruiting process? It certainly would not be out of the question, nor would it be against the norm in college football recruiting. Florida State is even in a position where it would not be worth sweating over if one of the quarterbacks did start looking again.

Florida State’s recruiting “problem” is one that every program would love to have. There is never anything wrong with having too much talent in a recruiting class, just ask Alabama.

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8 Responses to “Florida State (over)loading up on QB recruits in 2015”
  1. drummerhoff says: Jul 31, 2014 7:00 PM

    Crab legs!

  2. dhardy8207 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:03 PM

    Well thats interesting since Jameis has already said he is not leaving early for the draft…

  3. jimmy53 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:23 PM

    At FSU they not only recruit their starting QB’s, but other teams’ QBs as well. You’re welcome Alabama and West Virginia!

  4. blacknole08 says: Jul 31, 2014 8:03 PM

    Jimbo Fisher = QB whisperer

  5. mattacc31 says: Jul 31, 2014 8:17 PM

    These three will all be redshirt freshmen for the season Winston is claiming to want to depart. Plenty of opportunity to fight it out for the job. Also some of these guys can play at other positions. Not as familiar with the other two but I know Locksley was being recruited as a receiver by most earlier in his career and is also a basketball prospect.

  6. irishdodger says: Jul 31, 2014 10:32 PM

    the odds of all three signing w/ FSU are slim to none. No way 3 four star QBs all sign w/ the same school.

  7. realfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2014 4:03 AM

    The ideal scenario is for guys to start as redshirt sophomores, so this has no impact on what Winston does. Besides, McGuire has gained enough respect around there to be next up if Winston leaves either this off-season or next as I expect. Back in the day, Coach Bowden always kept guys under wraps until their redshirt freshman season until Chris Ricks, which coincidentally coincided with the beginning of the fall of the program. You never can have enough good prospects and let them duke it out like with Winston and Coker last year. The guys who don’t get the job will be highly coveted by other programs jsut because of the track record Jimbo’s puttting together, and the ones who have to wait will be inclined to do so as Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, and Winston as long as he doesn’t get hurt will all be first round pick examples for them to follow.

  8. realfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2014 4:05 AM

    Sorry, meant Coach Bowden always kept QBs under wraps until their redshirt junior years during the 15 year run until Ricks came along, and even that year, Boldin was supposed to be the guy but got hurt, then when he came back, he switched positions and hasn’t looked back since as he’s still in the NFL doing it.

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