There have been some interesting plot lines going on in the ACC recruiting world, but I checked in with our experts at ESPN.com's Scouts Inc., and both J.C. Shurburtt and Tom Luginbill agreed there's no reason for panic in either Tallahassee or Coral Gables.
Matt Elam, a four-star athlete and the No. 2-rated athlete in his class by ESPN.com, switched from FSU back to Florida this month (providing yet another great example of why nothing is really a commitment until signing day). And defensive end Tavaris Barnes, from Jacksonville, Fla., decommitted from FSU to Clemson this month.
Shurburtt said the recent deflections shouldn't take away from what Florida State's new staff has been able to do quickly.
"Despite the switch back by Matt Elam and the surprising switch of Tavaris Barnes, you can't take away what Jimbo Fisher and James Coley have done in putting together the core of a fantastic class in a short amount of time, and they still have a great shot at landing linebacker Christian Jones and receiver/athlete Christian Green [both have FSU ties] before all is said and done," Shurburtt said. "Also, keep in mind they are off to a fast start for the 2011 class as well.
"With Miami, there is no doubt that Javarie Johnson is a fantastic prospect, but the Hurricanes should never sweat losing any prospect, especially a defensive end, that isn't from the Southern part of Florida. That is and will always be the foundation of the Miami program."
Miami's past two classes have been great, as evidenced by the progress the program has made with such a young team. Fans should see it translate to bigger and better things in 2010. Luginbill said no one player makes a recruiting class.
"In a group of 20-27 signees a year -- give or take a few -- the strength of a class top to bottom means more than missing out on one guy," Luginbill wrote in an e-mail. "Both Miami and FSU have lost some guys over the last several months, but nothing alarming in my mind, and FSU has made tremendous strides since deciding to go with Fisher and many kids have jumped aboard including two top 10 kids in [Jeff] Lucand [Lamarcus] Joyner."
In the end, both programs will be evaluated on the players who stuck around, not the ones who left. Besides, the ones who stood by their word are the ones who really want to be there anyway.