June 1, 2007

NOTES: Noles, Canes are red hot

Two of Florida's powerhouse programs, down but not out in previous years while the third is winning National Championships in everything, continue to be resurgent on the recruiting trail during the Class of 2008.

Florida State and Miami, led by revamped coaching staffs and renewed recruiting efforts, both are set to have monster hauls this cycle and both should be expected to contend for the nation's top overall class when Signing Day 2008 rolls around. This success in the spring and summer will translate into some much-needed momentum next fall on the football field and has helped give both programs much-needed momentum.

So much of college football is about perception. Right down to the way we decide who plays for the National Championship, perception and judgment from the outside rule the day in this sport. Right now, because of the recruiting success at both schools, the perception is of two programs on the rise.

No longer will the Seminoles sit back and wait to fill up their class in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day and that more aggressive approach has paid off. They've already wrapped up the state's top prospect, Crawfordville Wakulla linebacker Nigel Bradham and have multiple additional prospects committed, including Jacksonville First Coast linebacker Nigel Carr, the nation's No. 51 overall prospect.

Bradham and Carr both have teammates heading to Tallahassee. Running back/slot receiver Jermaine Thomas and wide receiver Avis Commack from First Coast have committed early to FSU and potential four-star safety [db]C.J. Holton of Wakulla already is a Nole.

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