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Noles past recruiting rankings are fool’s gold

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FSU football has enjoyed some of the highest ranked recruiting classes in the past decade. Are the rankings reflective of actual talent on the roster?

FSU football recruiting under the old regime routinely brought in some of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

The results spoke for themselves on and off the field as the Noles won over 80 percent of their games from 2010-16.

They also sent a ton of players to the NFL over that same time span while winning a national championship and three consecutive ACC titles.

However, results seemed to fall off as the Noles won their third national title as the 2013 class finished No. 11 in composite rankings and the 2014 class missed any type of impact from winning a national title.

Rankings wise the Noles continued to pump out a top five average recruiting class with finishes of No. 4, 3, 3 and 6 between 2014-17.

Those classes are largely responsible for the product FSU football put out on the field in 2017 and 2018 that’s gone 12-13. That’s nearly more losses in two years than the old regime had their entire eight years in Tallahassee.

So why is the product on the field so bad when FSU has brought in all these top five recruiting classes the past few years?

Because those recruiting classes in hindsight were largely built on quantity instead of quality.

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