How did all of the ACC teams do this recruiting season? Here are the rankings after National Signing Day, along with the stars, and three other things that matter.
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5. Florida State didn’t have the season it needed, but …
It’s still fantastic.
However, it’s all relative.
For just about everyone in the ACC, this would be a fantastic class to do cartwheels over. But for a program that’s supposed to compete for a national championship every year, and is used to being a fixture in the top five in the national recruiting rankings, this isn’t quite good enough.
Head coach Willie Taggart had a rough first season.
He has never won a conference championship in his eight years as a head man. He has never won a bowl game, and he has never stayed around long enough at a play to enjoy the payoff of the work he’s been able to do.
The biggest problem was his first year. It’s one thing to have to rework things a bit, but to come up with a losing season at Florida State and miss out on a bowl game for the first time since the 1980s is really, really not okay.
To be fair, there was work to be done at the end of the Jimbo Fisher era. The offensive line needed a rebuild, a slew of key parts had to be replaced, and the quarterback situation wasn’t as solid as it should’ve been.
Thoughts & Analysis On Every ACC Recruiting Class
Atlantic Boston College | Clemson | Florida State
Louisville | NC State | Syracuse | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami
North Carolina | Pitt | Virginia | Virginia Tech
Sure enough, the offensive line needs time and bodies, and Taggart only signed two linemen after signing three last season.
The quarterback situation is a hot mess, with everyone of note transferring before Deondre Francois was kicked off the team. Now James Blackman is back, but where’s the star playmaker to fire everyone up? With no big-name grad transfer signing on – at least not yet – not bringing about someone to developed seemed strange.
Two recruiting seasons, no quarterbacks signed.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t help that Fisher is off crushing it at Texas A&M.
But as the FSU message board world melts down, remember, it’s a really, really, really good recruiting class. However, if you’re Taggart and you land a consensus top five-caliber class, everything is pointed in the right direction.
Even if 2019 isn’t amazing on the field, at least there’s hope that the young guys are in place to build things back up.
Come up with a class that’s definitely out of the top ten – at Florida State – and this class gets added on to the pile of grievances if there isn’t a massive improvement on the field this season.