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Posted on January 29, 2016
With National Signing Day just around the corner, FSU’s 2016 class is ranked in the top 10 in three national rankings. Missing from the top ten rankings…reigning National Champion Alabama.
The table below shows the top ten classes as ranked by Rivals.com. The table also shows how the Rivals.com top ten is ranked by 247 Sports and ESPN.
Two of the rating services, 247Sports and ESPN have FSU ranked #4, while Rivals.com has FSU’s 2016 class ranked #7.
While the full recruiting class is not official until February 3, 2106, a number of FSU recruits have taken advantage of an option that allows commits to enroll early.
Based on Rivals.com, FSU had seven players enroll early. These include 4-star quarterback Malik Henry, kicker Ricky Aguayo ( who is the brother of FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo), 4-star defensive end Janarius Robinson from Panama City and 4-star defensive tackle Cedric Wood from Godby High School.
On Malik Henry, 247Sports reported that the ” FSU coaching staff has believed since the summer of 2014, when he camped with the Seminoles, that Henry was the quarterback they wanted for the future of their program. He committed in December of that year.”
Janarius Robinson is ranked as the No. 59 prospect in the nation and No. 3 weak-side defensive end according to the 247Sports.com.
Cedric Wood is ranked as the No. 190 prospect in the nation and No. 20 defensive tackle according to the 247Sports.com. The 6-foot-4, 285-plus pounder has been a regular around the FSU program for the past two years.
FSU’s highest ranked player, 5-star cornerback Levonta Taylor, who is from Virginia, is viewed as a ‘hard commit’ which means he should be a Seminole come National Signing Day.
All three rating services see the number one recruiting class as a battle between LSU and Ohio State. Also, Clemson is the only other ACC team that made an appearance in the Top Ten rankings.
Tallahassee Reports will have a follow-up story after National Signing Day.