Fisher could take FSU's 2011 class to No. 1 in nation

Much has been made of the coaching changes that have taken place at the three major-college programs in Florida.

Will Muschamp, of course, was recently hired to take over for Urban Meyer at Florida. Meanwhile, former Temple head coach Al Golden will try to lead Miami to its first ACC title appearance.

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But Florida State’s change atop the program after the 2009 season is the move having the most impact thus far on the recruiting front. One only has to look at how Jimbo Fisher’s 2011 recruiting class is shaping up as we near the end of the year.

After signing a top 10 class in his first offseason as head coach of the Seminoles, Fisher could be poised to bring in the best class in America come National Signing Day.

The school’s 2011 class, already ranked No. 3 by Scouts, Inc., could rise even further after bringing in JUCO defensive end Tank Carradine, who led the NJCAA with 16 sacks this season. Carradine, who plans to arrive in Tallahassee in January, played on the same team as LSU quarterback signee Zach Mettenberger, the Georgia transfer.

Carradine, a Cincinnati native who signed with Illinois as a four-star recruit in 2009, chose FSU over Georgia and Ohio State. He joins four-star DE Aaron Lynch and ATH James Wilder II — who many believe is a four-star if he moves to defense — to give the ‘Noles some serious pass rush depth.

And Fisher isn’t done yet. The ‘Noles still have a nice group of four-star prospects still considering the school, and all bets are off with Florida and Miami changing coaches — no matter how impressive Muschamp and Golden can be early on the recruiting trails.

It was impressive enough to see Fisher close on so many recruits shortly after being handed the car keys from Bobby Bowden, but 2011 could be even more striking if his class is among the top 3 in the nation in February.

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