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FSU Brings in Heralded Class Once Again

By BJ Bennett
SouthernPigskin.com
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Success, early in the calendar year, just like prominence later in the season, is an established Florida State tradition.

Florida State has continued its run of recruiting dominance with another nationally-acclaimed signing class. Many services consider Jimbo Fisher's latest haul to be one of the five best in college football, with the Seminoles adding a number of players capable of making an impact right away. Success, early in the calendar year, just like prominence later in the season, is an established Florida State tradition. 

Using the ESPN300 player pool, the Seminoles brought in two of the nation's top nine and three the nation's top 12 prospects: defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, running back Cam Akers and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh. Running back Khalan Laborn, cornerback Stanford Samuels, wide receiver D.J. Matthews and safety Cyrus Fagan are also extremely highly-regarded prospects.

In all, Florida State inked 23 blue-chippers in a class that focused heavily on the running back, defensive line and secondary positions.

Wilson was the Seminoles' exclamation point. Already boasting a talented collection of players, the nation's number one defensive tackle surprised some late Wednesday afternoon by choosing Florida State over, among others, LSU. The Texas-native pushed the Seminoles back into the top five of most final class rankings and sets the program's off-season into motion.

Expect to see many of the aforementioned talents contribute early at Florida State, perhaps, given recent roster attrition, Akers, Laborn, Matthews and Kaindoh, specifically. The first game, for the new Seminoles, will be against Alabama in a pairing that may feature the top two teams in the country.       

Florida State continues to bring in elite prep talent, potentially solidifying its place near the top of the national polls for years to come.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports