Last week it was offensive coordinator James Coley causing the stir in Tallahasse with his coaching decommitment from Florida State in favor of the same — albeit far different — job at Miami.
This week the news just kept turning up bad for the Seminoles. FSU lost two commitments on two straight days on Tuesday and Wednesday, as DE Davin Bellamy joined FSU defector OL Austin Golson as the latest defectors in the state capital.
The news hasn't been all bad from Tally this week, as the 'Noles did add 6-foot, 193-pound Fairhope, Ala., WR Nate Andrews on Saturday. Andrews is a decommit from Minnesota.
The recent movement puts FSU's 2013 class at 17 commitments. The 'Noles are ikely looking to fill at least 10 more spots with offensive line, linebacker, running back and defensive line being target areas.
The recent bad news, however, is enough to probably start giving head coach Jimbo Fisher a serious cause for concern as the 'Noles approach National Signing Day with just five shopping days remaining, and Monday and Tuesday are the pre-NSD no-contact days.
Bellamy, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from Atlanta's Chamblee Charter is headed for an official visit this weekend to Oregon, but most have already penciled Bellamy in as a lock to join head coach Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs.
Golson, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle from Prattville, Ala., decommitted Monday and he looks to be headed to Ole Miss.
Both players say FSU is still in the picture, but that appears to be highly unlikely.
Couple these defections with the weakening ties the 'Noles are holding with several of their non-committed targets, and it has the FSU coaching staff, with six new members, scrambling to plug the leak in the boat.
FSU reached out to Niceville offensive lineman Nick Haynes, everybody's all-American all of the sudden, this week. Also ringing up Haynes' phone have been UCF, Kentucky, FAU, Rutgers and UCLA. to name a few. FSU was the latest and he does not have an offer from the 'Noles, just yet.
Haynes is a 6-4, 300-pounder who has been mostly a basketball player until picking up football as a junior. Coaches like his athleticism, and of course, his size.
FSU also appears to still be in the running for late-comer Wilson Bell, another offensive lineman. Bell (6-3, 308), who decommitted from a UCF pledge on Monday, says Auburn, FSU and Ole Miss, where he visits this weekend, are now the leaders.
The non-committed targets with whom FSU is concerned are players like Miami Booker T. Washington LB Matthew Thomas and teammate OL Denver Kirkland, Oakland Park Northeast WR Stacy Coley, Washington, D.C., LB Yannick Ngakoue and they also have a flirting interest in New Smyrna Beach football novice Davarez Bryant.
Bryant is taking an official visit to FSU this weekend. The 6-4, 230-pound defensive end could be extended an offer during his visit, which is more exploratory at this stage.
As for adding another running back, the 'Noles have been digging deep. They have even been in the ear of Georgia commit A.J. Turman of Orlando Boone, lately. Turman, however, remains solid with the 'Dawgs.
South Plantation's Alex Collins, once the 'Noles top target at running back, behind already-committed RB Ryan Green, now appears to be leaning heavily toward Miami. One other possibility in-state could be Lorenzo Woodley of Miami Columbus, while Jonathan Ford of New Hope (Ala.) also has an FSU offer.
Besides targeting Coley at wide receiver, FSU would also be quite happy to see Fort Lauderdale University WR Jordan Cunningham inking a Seminoles' letterhead on Wednesday.
There are sure to be others rise to the top of the want list as FSU coaches start to unearth those who they look to help save the class. What had been a near top-10 class for most of the recruiting period is now sitting at No. 20 in the 247sports composite team rankings, which is an average of all the major recruiting sites.
FSU has some work to do.
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