Florida State won the ACC for the first time since the 2005 season, in which they finished 8-5 and won 11 or more games for the first time since 2000. They also won a BCS Bowl game for the first time since their National Champion 1999 season. It had appeared that the Seminole mystique had disappeared until Jimbo Fisher took over the team for the 2010 season, and is now starting to be viewed as a yearly contender for the BCS.
Although the Seminoles are heading into a 2013 season in which they lost seven defensive starters they were playing preseason second fiddle to Clemson in the ACC, their 2014 recruiting class in ranked No. 4 in the country by both ESPN and Rivals and are building their defense back up, and figure to compete for the long-term.
Their recruiting class so far has been highlighted by three linebackers who figure to anchor the defense. The No. 2 inside linebacker by ESPN Kain Daub, and the number five and six outside linebackers by ESPN Jacob Pugh and Delvin Purifoy. These recruits potentially give them the best linebacking core for the future and rival the recruits brought in by many SEC teams. They have also locked up athlete JoJo Robinson, who is assumed to play cornerback or safety on this rebuilding defense.
As the 2013 recruiting class features a couple other positions being filled for the defense, the 2015 class can all but lock up the future, and we could see this team compete for years to come. It will be interesting to see if this team can maintain their spot on everyone’s recruiting class rankings.