Too-Early Top 25 recruiting primer
Will 2014 recruiting classes leave holes left behind by early exits?
Now that teams know which players will be declaring for the NFL draft, it's time to take another look at the teams we're expecting to compete for the national championship in 2014.
So, with signing day mere weeks away, here's how the teams in the Way-Too-Early Top 25 are looking on the recruiting trail:
1. Florida State Seminoles
Who they have: The Seminoles previously held the No. 1 spot in the class rankings before falling to No. 6, but a big week at the Under Armour All-America Game -- three of FSU's top four commits pledged that week -- could propel FSU back into the top two by signing day. Dalvin Cook and Lorenzo Featherston committed to the Noles before the game and No. 40 Travis Rudolph pledged during. Now with 29 commitments, the Noles are close to done in what should be a special class. ESPN 300 linebackers Kain Daub, Jacob Pugh and Delvin Purifoy highlight the nation's strongest LB class. ESPN 300 QB J.J. Cosentino could eventually succeed Jameis Winston, although No. 7 dual-threat Treon Harris might get a shot, too. Florida State needed offensive linemen more than anything to protect its quarterbacks after 2014 and found a few. Chad Mavety, No. 8 in the ESPN Junior College 50, committed in December and is ready to contribute right away.
Who they want: Florida State is still in search of a landmark commitment at offensive tackle -- at least among high school prospects. Damian Prince will commit on signing day and it could come down to FSU and Florida. Fellow ESPN 300 OT Roderick Johnson could commit to FSU any day now. The Noles would like a five-star in this class and Marlon Humphrey visited Jan. 17, but without Pruitt it will be a tough sell. The Noles could land the top two receivers as Malachi Dupre (Jan. 24) and Ermon Lane (Jan. 31) visit close to signing day.
Storyline to watch: Will the Noles finish in the top two for the third time in four years? That type of run gives Jimbo Fisher, a Nick Saban protégé, the opportunity to knock off Alabama as the dominant team of the next decade. When all the faxes are in on signing day, FSU could realistically have signatures from eight of the country's top 40 recruits. -- Jared Shanker
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