Florida State recruiting: How does coaching chatter around Jimbo Fisher affect recruiting?

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Recruits monitoring reports of Texas A&M wooing Jimbo Fisher

Unless you’ve been in hiding or still stuck in your post-Thanksgiving slumber, you’ve likely heard the reports of Texas A&M narrowing its search to replace coach Kevin Sumlin to one name:

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

After Sumlin was let go on Sunday afternoon, the focus almost immediately shifted to Tallahassee and Fisher.

Reports about the Aggies’ interest in Fisher have circulated for weeks, but things certainly escalated once Sumlin was officially let go.

According to a report by Josh Newberg of Noles247 on Sunday, the Aggies have offered Fisher a salary of $7 million or more annually.

But there are several other factors at play in this pursuit.

The Seminoles have a game against Louisiana-Monroe this weekend, one in which a win would secure bowl eligibility. So it is likely that Fisher leaves before that game takes place. And while the Seminoles and Aggies fans bases wait, so too do a handful of recruits who are either committed to or interested in both programs.

For the Seminoles, the impact of Fisher’s decision will loom large. However, the mere thought of him entertaining other offers is damaging in and of itself.

Fisher was asked during his weekly news conference whether the speculation about his future with the program had an effect on recruiting.

“No,” he said. “We’ve recruited very well since I’ve been here, haven’t we?”

While that may be true based on his résumé, it doesn’t quite hold as true for the current cycle, at least not at this moment.

Fisher’s name has been brought up for jobs before, and while he’s remained perched in Tallahassee, the vibe around the program in the past wasn’t one of dysfunction coming off a six-loss regular season as it is currently.

Combine all of that and, the longer Fisher’s future is in limbo, the less clarity that can be gained about where the program is headed.

For any recruit considering the Seminoles, especially ones considering ending their process in the new early signing period in December, this hesitation could prove to be critical, even if Fisher chooses to stay.

Regardless, until we know for certain who will be in charge of the Seminoles program moving forward, recruiting is likely to suffer in the interim, starting with the 2018 class.

5-star WR puts Florida State in top 3

One of Florida State’s top priorities down the stretch of the 2018 cycle is wide receiver.

The Seminoles are in need of quality and quantity at the position. They currently have 2 receivers committed in the Class of 2018, but one name that Fisher and his staff would love to add is 5-star Bossier City [La.] Parkway prospect Terrace Marshall Jr.

The 6-foot-2.5, 192-pound Marshall is ranked as the nation’s top receiver and the No. 8 player overall by the 247Sports composite. In August, Marshall released a top 5 that included Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M.

According to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman, Marshall has trimmed his list even further with less than a month remaining until he makes his commitment.

“All of the past schools that I visited were all good visits … great actually,” Marshall told Spiegelman. “They all had great hospitality and laid the red carpet out for you. It’s a hard decision to make. Everyone treats you so well. As of right now, it’s Florida State, Texas A&M and LSU in the mix, and I’ve been picturing myself in each one of those uniforms.”

Marshall is coming off an official visit to LSU last weekend. He took visits to both Florida State and Texas A&M last month.

As Spiegelman notes, both LSU and Texas A&M are pushing for Marshall to make a return visit before he makes his announcement on Dec. 22.

Until there’s clarity with Fisher’s situation, it’s likely that that LSU is in the driver’s seat with him.

JUCO DE target puts Seminoles in top 5

Florida State is looking to add more talent and depth at defensive end down the stretch of the 2018 cycle, as well.

Throughout Fisher’s tenure in Tallahassee, the program has shown a willingness to dip into the JUCO ranks for players who could provide an immediate boost when they arrive on campus.

It appears that the Seminoles could be looking to do it again with their pursuit of 3-star Arizona Western College defensive end Azur Kamara.

The 6-6, 230-pound pass rusher ranks as the nation’s No. 8 weakside defensive end and the No. 62 player overall in the JUCO rankings.

Earlier this week, Kamara dropped a top 5 of Florida State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Utah.

The Seminoles offered Kamara back in July, but they have yet to get the talented defender on campus.

He has taken official visits to Iowa State, Louisville and Oregon State.

With two trips remaining, it will be interesting to see if the Seminoles push to get one of them.

Regardless, he is a name to watch at defensive end moving forward.

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