FSU looks to keep Aquinas pipeline open

Much is made of pipeline schools for certain programs and their recruiting plans, but more often than not, they aren't lasting or sustainable advantages given coaching turnover.

Florida State's had a few of these -- Lincoln High School in Tallahassee or Valdosta Lowndes for example, But no other high school has been more important in restocking the Seminoles’ roster with quality players in recent years than Ft. Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas.

A powerhouse for the better part of the decade, Aquinas has shocked nobody by appearing in state championship games seemingly every year. And since 2007, they've brought home the trophy four times.

So for Florida State, recruiting the Raiders' program makes perfect sense. Not only is there plenty of talent, but they also get players who know how to win.

Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner could probably be credited with getting it all started in 2010. He'd been pursued by nearly every school in the country, but it was the Seminoles who won out over Alabama, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and USC.

Joyner has been a cornerstone of the FSU defense since arriving in Tallahassee and his choice made it easy for the rest to follow.

The next cycle, Florida State added three more players from Aquinas -- center Austin Barron, wide receiver Rashad Greene and offensive tackle Bobby Hart. All three would start at least one game during their freshman seasons.

Greene, of course, highlighted this group and was FSU’s leading receiver last season as a sophomore. Barron and Hart, meanwhile, are in the mix for playing time again this fall.

It's been a while since Florida State has been back to Aquinas, though. No players were signed in 2012 or 2013.

But Jimbo Fisher and his staff would certainly like to change that with this year’s class.

Defensive tackle Anthony Moten, who has the potential to play defensive end or tackle at the next level, is off the board after committing to Florida on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Corey Holmes, a major receiver recruit who holds 20 offers and reminds many of Greene, is the other Watch List member for the Raiders.

It's a long time until signing day so anything could happen with Moten, but the Seminoles will have some work to do. The same goes for Holmes. Time will only tell if he or an under-the-radar prospect in this class can keep FSU’s pipeline open.