How FSU and Miami were built

How Jimbo Fisher and Al Golden recruit is crucial to their success

Updated: October 31, 2013, 1:40 PM ET
By Corey Dowlar and Jared Shanker | ESPN.com

Florida State and Miami are longtime rivals and national powers that have each fallen on some hard times recently. But Jimbo Fisher and Al Golden have their teams undefeated and back in the top 10 heading into Saturday's showdown. How did they do it? A lot has to do with their recruiting philosophies.

Building FSU

Florida State's journey back to national relevance has taken time, change and organization.

All of that starts with coach Jimbo Fisher's turn at the controls following Bobby Bowden. Fisher inherited a roster that was light years from the ones that ruled the ACC.

Sure, there were some talented players, but the depth chart wasn't filled with the quality needed to play at a championship level.

Fisher built a staff that was filled with relentless recruiters. James Coley and Eddie Gran were huge in South Florida, while Dameyune Craig started picking top talents out of Alabama.


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Jared Shanker

Florida State/ACC reporter