FSU, Miami among early leaders in football recruiting

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As a group, they are a long way from the headlines.

For Florida State, there are a lot of games to be won before anyone even knows their names. For now, they are a promise in the wind, a concept, a movie trailer. For now, they are not only tomorrow, they are the day after tomorrow.

On the other hand, they are No. 1 and for their fans, that is enough.

For the Seminoles, Coach Jimbo Fisher has long since established himself as a top recruiter. It is one of the challenges that new Florida Coach Jim McElwain faces.

You know how silly recruiting rankings can be until kids mature and grow and adjust? Well, how about the rankings for next year’s recruits, for kids who haven’t even found their way to campus yet? Kids who can still back out on their commitments? Kids who can still change their minds?

Yeah, them.

Still, recruiting goes on all the time, and evidently, it is never too soon to rank them. And so it is that 247sports.com has already ranked the FSU Seminoles as the best bunch of recruits in the country, for whatever it means. The folks at 247sports.com have FSU with seven five-star recruits, seven four-stars and four three-stars. That’s evidently enough to push them to No. 1, just ahead of Ohio State and Miami. The Hurricanes have nine four-stars, but don’t blame the Hurricanes if they aren’t counting them yet. Last year, UM had 10 recruits renege on commitments.

The site had the University of Florida in 13th position, far ahead of last year, with 11 three-stars.

According to the site, South Florida was in 85th place.

Rivals had Miami in first, with FSU second and Florida 18th. It had South Florida 81st.

What does it all mean? Not much. A great many recruits have not decided yet, and those who have can change their minds.

Like all things, though, it is better to create the impression that a team is doing well than the other way around.

And someday? Maybe you’ll learn their names.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.