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Monday, December 24, 2012
FSU's recruiting Christmas wish list

By Corey Dowlar

Christmas, for many, is a time to gather with close friends and family, eat way too much, catch up on all the happenings and exchange gifts.

But, for a moment, let's imagine what presents would reside underneath a Florida State fan's Christmas tree on Tuesday morning.

Stacy Coley
FSU fans would be more than pleased to get WR Stacy Coley.
With Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) already on board, ESPN 150 running back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) would be the perfect icing on the cake at the tailback position. At one point, FSU fans would have expected to unwrap this gift with little surprise, but the road to his signature has become less clear.

Other teams such as Florida, Arkansas, Wisconsin and USF are heavily involved. If the Seminoles' Santa Claus was to come through with this one, no doubt there would be plenty of holiday cheer to go around.

Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast), the nation's No. 3 receiver, has been on FSU fans' lists for a while now. They were introduced a while ago, and were full-blown acquaintances by the time summer camps came and went.

Getting a playmaker of that caliber at the wide receiver position would compliment an already loaded corps in Tallahassee.

Florida State's 2013 class could definitely use a top-flight defensive back in the group. Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) fits that bill.

The Seminoles have done a good job getting back into the race for the four-star safety, but still have a way to go to secure his signature. Southern Cal and Vanderbilt were strong favorites.

But new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who will also oversee the defensive backs at FSU, could be the wildcard here. If he can make a strong enough impression by selling McQuay on his schemes and past successes, maybe, just maybe, FSU would be able to pull off the upset.

If you don't try for it, or at least put it down on your list, getting that one gift that might be a little out of reach for Santa's elves would be impossible. Five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) is an Alabama and Georgia lean at this point, but offensive line coach Rick Trickett will get the last shot at him when Tunsil takes an official visit this February.

Coach Pruitt, Tunsil's main recruiter from Alabama, will probably do his best to help out that situation, too. But as much as Seminoles fans would like Tunsil in this class, they wouldn't be too depressed to find out he isn't under the tree because it is hardly expected.

Every year, there is that one item, that one present, that is counted upon. And without it, disappointment, whether it is displayed or not, would exist.

That honor goes to five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas (Maimi/Booker T. Washington), the top player at his outside linebacker spot in this cycle. Florida State has liked their chances for a while now over Alabama and Miami's. Georgia is now in the mix, but still, FSU would feel optimistic even with their introduction.

While this class, or Christmas haul, has plenty to be thankful for, without the presence of a Thomas, there would be that empty, dejected feeling for Florida State fans.