FSU's class should stay strong

Although he's been one of the most successful recruiters in college football history, Bobby Bowden's potential departure should not have a significant impact on Florida State's 2010 class.

Jimbo Fisher, the coach-in-waiting who will officially take over for Bowden, has played a prominent role in FSU's recruiting the past year or so. It's impossible to know if he or Bowden was the guy sealing the deal over that time, but with Fisher assuming all head-coaching duties, everybody now knows who's in charge. The staff can now move forward with coaches who know they are going to be in Tallahassee.

Currently, the strength of the Seminoles' recruiting class is on the defensive side of the ball. Anyone who watched the Seminoles this year saw a team that had startling, uncharacteristic deficiencies on defense. FSU's focus on that side of the ball in this class -- 10 of its 16 commits are defenders -- is a good thing. Fisher may be an offensive guy, but he understands that this program has been the best in the college ranks because of its consistent dominance on D. In particular, the Seminoles need to focus on getting game-changers in the front seven. That makes holding on to defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./Astronaut) all the more vital.