Every Sunday, NoleNation will take a look back at the week that was around Florida State, recapping the top stories and shedding a little light on a few that might have fallen between the cracks.
1. ESPN 150 RB Ryan Green sells FSU
While at Champion Gridiron Kings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., this weekend, Florida State commit Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) extolled the virtues of playing for the Seminoles to uncommitted players.
"I am trying to get them all on board with 'Nole Nation,' " he told ESPN NoleNation’s Corey Dowlar, saying he targeted LB Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) in particular. Thomas has said FSU is atop his list.
The sales pitches aren’t unusual whenever recruits gather at top events or camps. But Green’s determination shows he’s got an eye on the future and is committed to bringing a winning team to Tallahassee.
2. Manuel confident at ACC media days
Seminoles senior quarterback EJ Manuel says high expectations shouldn’t be seen as a negative for this year’s team.
"It has to be the year," Manuel said at ACC Football Kickoff to start the week in Greensboro, N.C. "It's my last year."
He’s not being cocky. The reasons for Manuel’s positive outlook are plenty, as NoleNation’s David M. Hale pointed out:
His defense is dominant, his receivers are impressive, his leadership ties everything together. Manuel believes these things, too, so there was no point in downplaying the hype.
Add the fact that the injuries of 2011 should yield a depth of experience this season -- and the likelihood that FSU’s schedule is favorable -- and it’s hard to argue.
3. Mike Martin gets commit from lefty
Left-handed pitcher Alec Byrd committed to Florida State on Saturday.
Pitching coach Mike Bell apparently played a big part in Byrd’s decision.
"I have heard from many people that he is the best around," Byrd told NoleNation’s Corey Dowlar. "He will help develop my skills, and talking to him, I really liked him and I felt like he knew his stuff."
4. How might Notre Dame fit into the ACC?
Interesting thought from ESPN.com blogger Ryan McGee: Notre Dame has six significant reasons to give up its independent status in football and join the ACC.
Among McGee’s reasons: Notre Dame is not truly independent right now, competing in all Big East sports except football. And check out this quote:
"This is their perfect fit," an ACC member athletic department administrator said in the hallway after Swofford's comments. "They would walk right in the door fitting the profile of an ACC school, academically and athletically. We can offer everything the Big East ever did. But the difference here is that we have more to offer when it comes to football, too."
Perhaps the best reason? As McGee put it, the pending FBS playoff postseason and the pile of cash it will yield:
… A deal that hasn't even started the process of entertaining network bids. Estimated at $300-400 million per year, there will be plenty of money to go around and that money is likely to be more evenly distributed than BCS money ever was. Assuming that Notre Dame would get a full conference's share of that future postseason payout would be misguided.
From inside the ACC looking out: If McGee's points ring true, the addition of Notre Dame would give the conference another sorely needed high-profile team atop the conference. After all, it's been too long since Florida State or Virginia Tech were in the national-championship picture during the holidays. Neither has Notre Dame, but if Brian Kelly can gain the traction that analysts predicted upon his hiring, the Irish could bring needed energy and respect back to the ACC.
5. Seminoles football recruiting class drops again
Granted, the signing class of 2013 is a work in progress. But recent decommits from DB Sojourn Shelton and others have prompted a slip in the RecruitingNation rankings to No. 10, from as high as No. 6 recently.
Bear in mind: Fisher has propped up Tallahassee as a top recruiting destination and figures to have another strong class come February. The list of top players considering FSU extends well beyond Thomas. NoleNation will keep you posted as the rankings continue to fluctuate.