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Sign ’em up: The 3 best recruiting classes at FSU during the NSD era

National Signing Day is less than a week away, and Willie Taggart is making a late push to get Florida State into the top 10 in the overall rankings.

Taggart has a lot to live up to in terms of recruiting at FSU. The Seminoles’ past two coaches, Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher, were masters on the recruiting trail.

Here’s a look at FSU’s top three recruiting classes in the NSD era (since 1981).

DEION SANDERS, courtesy of FSU athletics

3. 1985

The skinny: This was arguably the most important class for Bobby Bowden because it was a building block for the Seminoles’ dynastic run from 1987-2000. Bowden landed future NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, as well as RB Sammie Smith, a future first-round draft pick. QBs Chip Ferguson and P.T. Willis were in the class along with four offensive linemen who became key cogs: Pat Tomberlin, Tony Yeomans, Michael Tanks and John Brown. There also was DL Odell Haggins and Eric Hayes, S Dedrick Dodge and future starting LBs Shelton Thompson, Keith Carter and Ed Clark at linebacker. The one disappointment was TB Keith Ross, who never really got an opportunity behind Smith and others, such as Dexter Carter.

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