The Florida State Seminoles are looking to maintain their level of defensive play with this years incoming recruitment class. The Seminoles had the best defense in the ACC hands down last season. They averaged a conference best 15.1 points allowed per game. Opposing offenses managed just 253.8 yards per game against them as well. Only the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide allowed fewer yards. The school also finished inside of the top 10 in passing and rushing yards allowed on the season.
FSU Head Coach, Jimbo Fisher doesn’t expect his team to lose any momentum either. Several of the positions feared to be at risk for a downgrade are at linebacker. The team is losing seniors Nick Moody and Vince Williams. As of now, junior linebacker Christian Jones hasn’t decided on whether or not he will return next season or enter this years NFL draft.
The Seminoles have signed five linebackers to replace their losses at the position. That group will be lead by the nation’s best recruit at linebacker, Mathew Thomas. Thomas is a five star recruit out of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Florida. His impact on the field will be felt immediately.
The school was also able to sign three other top 300 recruits to fill in at linebacker. Overall, the position shouldn’t lose a single step from last season. Ro’Derrick Hoskins, Freddie Stevenson and E.J Levenberry Jr. all plan on coming in and competing right away for starting spots. The three will join Seminole teamates Telvin Smith, Reggie Northrup and Karlos Williams already at the position.