ESPN released its “way too early top 25” programs for the 2018 season, and the Seminoles come in at No. 18 after an impressive signing day for new head coach Willie Taggart.
“After taking over the FSU program in mid-December, former Oregon coach Willie Taggart gave the Seminoles a much-needed boost by closing the recruiting cycle with a flurry. After inheriting a recruiting effort that had been neglected by the previous staff, Taggart and his assistants assembled a class that ranked No. 11 nationally, the best of any FBS first-year coach.”
Former Florida State staffer Bert Biffani announced that he will be joining Jeremy Pruitt’s staff at Tennessee.
Thank you to all the Florida State coaches, players and fans for all the lifelong memories we will always share. With that said, I am excited to be heading to Knoxville and joining the staff at the University of Tennessee. #GBO pic.twitter.com/HxGN1fhnQE— Bert Biffani (@CoachBertB) February 13, 2018
The 2018 recruiting class is now cemented, and the Seminoles have filled their short-term and long-term offensive line needs. We break it down for you here.
FSU has offered 4-star class of 2019 athlete Jaren Mangham out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical. Mangham is a bigger back, listed at 6’1 212lbs and is a physical runner who is tough to bring down on plays. He’s listed as the No. 22 ATH in the class and the No. 8 prospect out of Michigan.
⚡️BLESSED TO RECEIVE A OFFER FROM FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY! #DoSomething #GoNoles @JadenMangham pic.twitter.com/VHWeujcJLK— MANG MANG (@JarenMangham) February 13, 2018
The Seminoles also offered class of 2019 outside linebacker Avery Huff out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.
Proud to announce that I have earned a(n) offer from Florida State University !!!!!! @CoachHarriott @SlyJohnson3 @larryblustein @JerryRecruiting @247Sports @DavidFurones_ pic.twitter.com/PJYM2cKKSX— July 21 (@Averyhuff9) February 13, 2018
Getting a head start on the 2020 class, the ’Noles have offered offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. out of Cincinnati (Oh.) St. Xavier. Johnson Jr. also already has offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Stanford, to name a few.
Honored to Receive an Offer from Florida State University‼️ #Tribe20 pic.twitter.com/mJdFzfDrXw— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) February 13, 2018
FSU has also offered 4-star class of 2019 offensive tackle Tanner Bowles out of Glasgow (Ken.) Glasgow. Bowles could serve as a strong and tall presence on the offensive line, listed at 6’5 and 280lbs. He’s currently the No. 5 prospect out of Kentucky and the No. 31 offensive tackle in the class.
Blessed to receive the opportunity to play at the next level at Florida State University #Seminoles pic.twitter.com/jimIP9pkSI— Tanner Bowles (@TBowles51) February 14, 2018
Speaking of the offensive line, if you haven’t already, catch up on who Florida State has offered from the class of 2019 and potential targets for whom the Seminoles could aim.
FSU alum and star kicker Roberto Aguayo has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Grateful for this new chapter in my life. Thanking God for the many blessings He has given me! Thank you to everyone who has stuck by my side throughout my career. Through the good and bad this past year I have grown in myself and my craft and I couldn’t have pictured having a better opportunity than becoming an LA Charger! ⚡️ #GoBolts #Aguayo2.0 #Blessed
FSU baseball is just around the corner, so make sure to get to know some of the new faces out on the diamond this season in Cooper Swanson and Tyler Ahearn.
Our own Lauren Swertfager broke down the Seminoles’ second base battle as they try to solidify their starting lineup.