FSU football recruiting is trying to climb out of the cellar with new coach Willie Taggart.
FSU football had a star-studded list of recruits on its campus this past weekend. A list of players Willie Taggart was able to put together just a week on the job with only assist from coaches from the old Jimbo Fisher regime like Odell Haggins, Rick Trickett and Lawrence Dawsey.
A lot of things seemed different about the visit other than the sheer number of blue chip players on campus at one time.
One constant was a steady flow of tweets on social media, usually with coach Willie Taggart in the midst of the players doing the Tomahawk Chop.
A lot of the players spoke with media outlets after their visits, and the other constant appeared courtesy of those interviews.
Willie Taggart has been busy cleaning up a lot of negligence on behalf of Jimbo Fisher.
— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) December 17, 2017
Why should a legacy recruit like James Cook need to give FSU a shot at “redemption” yall?
— Noles247.com (@Noles247) December 17, 2017
“I still have a bitter taste in my mouth because like FSU never offered me until he got here,” Lamar said. “I feel like everybody on the staff now, I don’t feel like I’m really wanted. But with Coach T coming in, it is a lot different, said Lamar according to Noles247.
How in the world can a four-star recruit at a position of need not receive an offer, but a recruit like the lowest commit in the 2018 class(probably not for long) receives an offer and allowed to commit?
Not to mention the sheer lack of communication from the old regime to the 2018 class which saw 10 de-commitments in the last month or so. Now, a few of those have been “processed” and not invited back to the class, but it still speaks volumes about the mess Taggart inherited.
The term “different vibe” was the theme among most of the recruits on campus, especially those that had been to campus under the old regime.
Former FSU commit Isaiah Bolden spoke about his visit and watching practice via Noles247.
It was real competitive,” Bolden said. “The players were excited. I’ve never seen them like that before. … It was a real good vibe.”
According to Bolden, the whole program has a positive vibe surrounding it.
“It is a great vibe,” Bolden said. “Everybody, a lot of players, a lot of recruits loving it here. It is a great vibe.”
Check out some of the pictures from the visit.
— Antoine Green (@_yg_qualified) December 17, 2017
— .44 (@Bookie_44) December 16, 2017
Florida State University . . . pic.twitter.com/efQuUX9ivd
— ⚡️THOR ⚡️ (@JaidenWoodbey) December 17, 2017
🍢 fsu official pic.twitter.com/Er5wqvCTCP
— Malcolm X. Lamar (@mlamar35) December 16, 2017
It was a great job of getting a lot of talent on campus at the same time. There were no public commitments, but I’m sure Taggart made up a lot of ground on some former commits and could have potentially gotten some silent commitments.
The early signing period will start Wednesday, so it’ll be interesting to see how many players from the class choose to make it official.