FSU, Miami turn it up on recruiting trail

July, 25, 2013
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Florida State is the new No. 1 in the latest ESPN Recruiting Nation class rankings, proving the new coaching staff Jimbo Fisher has assembled can recruit just as well, if not better, than the assistants he lost after last season.

That, of course, is good news for Noles fans.

Miami, meanwhile, holds steady at No. 7.

That brings me to the most notable aspect of these way-too-early rankings. As has been the case over the last month, both Florida State and Miami have been ranked ahead of Florida.

Why is that notable?

Because going back to 2006, that has never happened in the final class rankings that ESPN puts out each February. Take a look at the final ESPN rankings since then:

2013: No. 2 Florida, No. 9 Florida State, No. 15 Miami

2012: No. 2 Florida State, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Miami

2011: No. 1 Florida State, No. 12 Florida

2010: No. 1 Florida, No. 6 Florida State, No. 13 Miami

2009: No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Miami, No. 8 Florida State

2008: No. 1 Miami, No. 4 Florida, No. 12 Florida State

2007: No. 2 Florida, No. 9 Miami, No. 25 Florida State

2006: No. 1 Florida, No. 6 Florida State, No. 17 Miami

There obviously are still months and months to go before signing day, and these rankings will change on a weekly basis. But I will be very interested to see whether Florida State and Miami can finish ahead of Florida. If they do, could we be seeing a changing of the guard on the recruiting trail in one of the hottest recruiting spots in the nation?

Stay tuned.

Now, on to the other ACC schools ranked in the latest update:
  • No. 10 Clemson
  • No. 15 Virginia
  • No. 20 North Carolina
  • No. 27 NC State
  • No. 28 Virginia Tech
  • No. 29 Boston College

Louisville, which joins next year, is at No. 21 -- giving the ACC a total of nine current/future schools in the Top 30 -- second among all conferences.

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