FSU staff turnover forces double duty in recruiting

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Friday's morning session with the media was a rare opportunity to speak with Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley, because coach Jimbo Fisher has a "one-voice" policy, and his assistants aren't available for interviews. Coley, a native of Miami, was an engaging personality and talked candidly about the matchup against Northern Illinois. One of the bigger storylines here has been Florida State's staff turnover, as defensive coordinator Mark Stoops left to become head coach at Kentucky, and Stoops hired FSU defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot as his coordinator there. Offensively, running backs coach Eddie Gran was hired as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator. Coley, one of FSU's top recruiters, talked about how the staff changes have affected the Noles in recruiting.

With Gran and Eliot still coaching the team through its bowl preparations, Coley said the toughest challenge has been the recruiting during the transition.

"You know, recruiting is crazy because you lose three guys and you've got to take up their areas in recruiting, and those guys did a great job where it was pretty easy to pick up," Coley said. "So you kind of do double duty. You have your area and you have somebody else's area. You're double the phone calls that night.

"But emails and Facebook and all that stuff, it's extra. But those guys did a great job where it was easy to come in and you had all the information already provided on the prospects, and you knew who you were recruiting. It wasn't someone that they only spoke with. The way Coach Fisher sets this up, it's area recruiting, but a lot of people were involved in the recruiting process. That's been the biggest thing."