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Early Offer: Title will boost FSU on trail

1/8/2014

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Wednesday's offerings: Florida State should be able to further strengthen its top-five recruiting class after winning the national championship; we know when No. 2 ranked 2015 prospect George Campbell will make a decision; and losing defensive back coach Terry Joseph to Texas A&M will hurt the Nebraska’s recruiting efforts.

Victory should give Seminoles momentum

How will Florida State’s national title help on the recruiting trail? After the smoke cleared from Monday night’s game, I asked one of the FSU assistants for his thoughts on the topic. His response wasn’t surprising. “We had heard from a few kids this year that FSU was always over ranked and never won anything,” said the assistant, who asked not to be named. “But you can take that off the board now. It’s gone. We’ve already started to get calls from a lot of our top remaining targets and almost all of our commits. They are fired up about the national title. We can’t wait to get back on the road after the dead period and talk to them face to face about how it’s just a first step in what will be a big run for Florida State.” Florida State sits at No. 4 in the ESPN Class Rankings but with a few key recruits still looking hard at the Noles they could easily climb even higher.

Campbell sets announcement date

After making an early commitment to Michigan and later backing away from it, four-star 2015 athlete George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) said he was going to take his time before he makes a final decision. We now know when time will be up. Campbell, the No. 2 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, told ESPN’s Derek Tyson on Tuesday that he will announce his final decision at next year’s Under Armour All-America Game. Campbell said he’s not thinking about leaders after his original commitment but did say the Wolverines aren’t out of the picture. You can also bet in-state schools Florida and Florida State will be a big part of his recruitment. "I have to consider a lot of things, not just with football but academically,” Campbell said. “I just want to feel like I’m at home and that it’s the right place for me. That’s pretty much it.”

Joseph leaving hurts Huskers

Reports surfaced Monday that defensive backs coach Terry Joseph was departing Nebraska for Texas A&M. Joseph was one of the best recruiters on the Nebraska staff, and his loss will certainly be felt. Joseph, a native of Louisiana, has strong ties throughout the Southeast and helped get the Huskers in the door with a number of players they had not been able to get in with in the past. He was either the primary or secondary recruiter on five of the Huskers’ 19 commitments. It will be vital for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini to find somebody who has a good recruiting acumen to replace Joseph. But it’s not vital for that person to have ties to the Southeast. Pelini could use the open spot to beef up recruiting ties in Big Ten territory or further strengthen roots in the Lone Star State.