The Florida State Seminoles might be coming off a 7-6 season with a new coaching staff in place, but they surprisingly fit an important set of parameters used to project championship contenders for the 2018 football season.
ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren looked back at the last seven national champions and determined that all of those teams had two things in common from a recruiting standpoint. They all averaged a top-10 recruiting class in the four seasons prior to their titles and had brought in a top-4 class in at least one of the two seasons before winning it all.
Based on those data points, there are only four teams that fit the bill as championship contenders from a recruiting talent standpoint in 2018: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Florida State.
The Seminoles have had an average class rank of 4.5 the last four seasons, according to ESPN recruiting rankings, and have pulled in top-4 classes in three of the last four seasons. Ultimately, they determined that expecting Willie Taggart and his staff to compete for a championship in their first season is a bit presumptuous, but the talent undoubtedly is there.
Taggart pulled in the No. 11 class in the country in this recruiting cycle after inheriting the No. 64 class in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite. It should only be a matter of time before Florida State is contending for titles.