Florida State's Defense Will Be Loaded With Top Prospects

Will Ayers Jr.Contributor IIJanuary 28, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 27: Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles directs play against the Duke Blue Devils at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2007 in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 25-6. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Jimbo Fisher still has to prove he can win on the field but Florida State's new head coach is already proving the Seminoles will be among the best when it comes to recruiting.

Since the transition of power in Tallahassee, the Noles have moved quickly up the rankings and will no doubt haul in one of the best classes in the country. The biggest impact has come on the defensive side of the ball, where the Noles ranked last in the ACC.

FSU has verbal commitments from top rated cornerback prospects Lamarcus Joyner, Terrence Brooks, and Terrence Mitchell. There is also word that the No. 1 safety prospect Demar Dorsey, who recently de-commited from Florida, will wear garnet and gold as well.

Fisher also has verbals from top linebacker prospects Nigel Terrell, Telvin Smith, and the most heralded linebacker in the nation Jeff Luc, who is already enrolled at FSU. That, combined with defensive tackle Darius Cummings, gives FSU one of the strongest defensive classes in the country.

Although Fisher has to accomplish many more things before he even rivals the legacy of the legendary Bobby Bowden, there is already a new energy around FSU's program. With the acquisition of Mark Stoops as defensive coordinator and a stellar recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball, it appears the the Noles may be well on their way back to prominence.