Florida State Seminoles: #AskLoogs

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The answer to that question depends on what the criteria is for five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), the No. 15 player in the ESPN 300. What does he value most? Is it the school or the program or the academics or the social environment? Or, is it an individual relationship?

As much as we would all like to believe that there is proper substance to a prospect's decision of where to attend school, the reality is most prospects have married themselves to a particular coach throughout the process. Depending on Marlon Humphrey’s relationship with Jeremy Pruitt himself, in comparison to other established relationships that are still in place at FSU, this could certainly give cause for Humphrey to re-evaluate.

I would not believe at this time that Pruitt’s move has removed FSU from its status as a finalist. I think Humphrey is smarter than that and has liked FSU all along.

Time will tell, but relationships developed over the course of a player's recruitment do play a huge role.
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The important thing to acknowledge in this FSU class of linebackers are is their measurables. They are all 6-foot-3 or taller and all weight at least 225 pounds. This is all about scheme and personnel needs matching up with what the position is going to be asked to do within the defense. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) aren’t just linebackers in the run support/pass coverage sense, they are also pass rushers, which is why you don’t see 6-1, 210-pound linebackers in this scheme. This is the part of recruiting I wish fans understood more. It is easy to always focus on five stars or four stars, and who is being offered and why this team has or hasn’t offered. Instead, focus on who is being recruited and why. Does he fit athletically and into the scheme? Is the right player as well as the best player? This is how a board is stacked. FSU has done a nice job of recruiting to scheme defensively for this very reason. QBs J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) and Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) have dramatically different skillsets. Cosentino is almost identical to Jacob Coker, while Harris is tough to compare to because of his measurables. However, the more we watch him, the more we think he could play QB at the BCS level. He is really, really productive. Harris needs to be in the shotgun, but he could do it. If he does not pan out, he is athletically gifted enough to play another position.

#AskLoogs: Winston's recruiting impact

September, 12, 2013
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In my opinion, it’s not so much what Jameis Winston can do personally to help pull recruits into the FSU program, it’s what he could mean to the program over the next three years to enhance the program with increased wins, increased positive exposure and elevating the “cool” factor of the program much like RGIII did for Baylor. Let’s also keep this all in fair perspective. He is very talented, always has been, but he will have some bumps in the road, there will be hiccups, but he obviously has captured the college football world’s attention. Florida State has clout, but what brings recruits in more than anything else? Winning the conference, playing in BCS bowls and competing for national titles. That is why Winston is important. If he can be their new Charlie Ward, look out. The better Winston does, the more they are on Gameday, SportsCenter, CFB Live, CFB Daily…you get the picture. Those are all recruiting positives that will be directly tied to him.


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