Wednesday, June 19, 2013
QBs taking notice of Fisher's success
By Corey Dowlar
Jimbo Fisher's recruitment of quarterbacks has nearly reached a point where they come to him and not the other way around.
If you look at, it makes sense. Just during his time at Florida State, he has produced back-to-back first-round selections in the NFL draft in Christian Ponder (Vikings, 2011) and EJ Manuel (Bills, 2013).
But it didn't start there. And it probably won't end there, either.
Jamarcus Russell was coached by Fisher at LSU and was taken No. 1 overall in the draft. And that was just in the middle of a seven-year run that included Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Craig Nall, Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn, all of whom were NFL draft selections.
Jimbo Fisher's pedigree in developing NFL QBs is a big reason why J.J. Cosentino committed to Florida State.
There is no way to know for sure if Jameis Winston will go on to reach the NFL or become Fisher's third consecutive first-round pick at quarterback. But most people will tell you the odds are good.
So when 2014 commitment J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) decided to commit to the Seminoles on March 18, there were a variety of reasons for it, but it definitely included the coaching that could one day send him on to the NFL.
"It's just the best place to be if you want to get better and have a chance to take your game to the next level," Cosentino said.
It doesn't stop with the 2014 class, of course.
Florida State already has a commitment from 2015 dual-threat passer De'Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast). And not surprisingly, his comments were very similar.
"That's what me and J.J. were talking about," Johnson began. "It's a great place for a quarterback. And I agree with him. It's going to be a competition here. I was talking to Jameis Winston about it the other day, and he said you have to keep grinding and the cream rises to the top.
"When you look at Coach Jimbo, he's had three quarterbacks go in the first round. That's the overall picture. That's the big picture. His quarterbacks develop, and that is what counts."
Florida State doesn't have a commitment at quarterback yet for 2016. But it doesn't seem like they are that far off.
Xavier Gaines (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof) camped at Florida State last week. He threw the ball well, but he wasn't trying to earn an offer. He already had one.
Afterwards Gaines mentioned that Florida State was at the top of his list over schools such as Clemson, Florida and Ohio State. And for him, it's simple.
"Florida State," he said. "They produce."
Where Gaines ends up by the time national signing day 2016 rolls around is just a guess at this point. But it is clear that if Jimbo Fisher wants you on his quarterback depth chart, you're going to listen.