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Your Thoughts Thursday: Norvell’s First FSU Class Gets a B Grade

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With National Signing Day in the rear view, Florida State landed 25 total players for the 2020 cycle — the first under new head coach Mike Norvell.

In this week’s The Daily Nole Poll, we asked our followers to grade the class. The Seminoles finished with the No. 22 overall class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and fourth-best in the ACC.

Of the 868 accounts to respond, more than half gave Norvell and staff a B. That was the vote-getter at 61 percent, followed by an A at more than 23 percent. About 14 percent of those to respond graded the class as a C. Only 2 percent called it a D or an F. Several others responded in the comments.

Our Take
We’ll go with the audience here and grade the class as a B. It would probably be more of a B- if that was an option.

Losing 2-sport star Malachi Wideman on National Signing Day was a huge blow, but overall, Norvell and company did a nice job. With a roster that wasn’t all that deep, FSU inked 25 players. That doesn’t include the four incoming transfers.

Equally as important, FSU landed positions of need. The Seminoles will bring in two quarterbacks, marking the first time since 2017 that they inked a signal-caller. FSU also landed four offensive linemen.

Of the 25 players signed, 11 are among the top 500 prospects in the country. The 25 commitments for FSU is the most since 2016.

Norvell and staff did a nice job keeping a number of players in the fold. When it comes to prospects, there were only five decommitments after Norvell’s hiring. That doesn’t include Josh Griffis, who re-committed.

Conversely, this is the worst class for the Seminoles in the history of the Composite. It does include a lot of high-potential players, but there are only a handful of guys who will help FSU right away. Considering how well-regarded predecessor Willie Taggart by recruits, this class could have been much, much worse.

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