The Sunshine State shuffle: National Signing Day

BY foxsports • February 2, 2011

By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer


Florida State is rolling under Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles are coming off 10-win season and the first recruiting class Fisher can truly call his own drew rave reviews.

Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPNU all had Florida State's class rated in the top three in the nation.

Running back James Wilder Jr., son and namesake of the former NFL star who played for Tampa Bay, and defensive back Karlos Williams from Davenport, Fla., were two of the Seminoles' biggest scores.

With new coaches at rivals Florida and Miami, Fisher was able to clean up in state.

While Urban Myer was spending his day on the set of ESPNU's marathon signing day coverage, his replacement, Will Muschamp, was securing a class that didn't crack the top 10 of any of the most prominent national rankings.

New Miami coach Al Golden had lots of catching up to do in a short time when he arrived in Coral Gables, Fla., from Philadelphia, where he had been the coach at Temple. The Hurricanes were generally ranked in the 30s nationally.

"There is a sense of accomplishment because we only had about 15 actual days on the road," Golden said.

Received 02/02/11 04:59 pm ET


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