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No. 1 recruit set to visit FSU this weekend.

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Football

Jameis Winston returned to Tallahassee this week, making an appearance at practice, throwing out the first pitch at the Florida game, and yesterday he was the bearer of good news: alerting a student manager he had earned a scholarship.

Head coach Willie Taggart had an interview with ESPNU Radio as a part of its Spring Football Camp Tour and he emphasized something he has been driving home since he arrived on campus: accountability. Check out the interview below.

Redshirt senior defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas discussed community service with Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee. Gillum commended the service that Christmas has been doing and for inspiring the youth of his hometown Sarasota, Florida.

Recruiting

The No. 1 player in the class of 2019 will be making his way to Tallahassee from California this weekend for the spring game. That’s right, he could be a #WestSideNole.

Kayvon Thibodeaux tweeted yesterday that he was excited for the weekend, and his previous two tweets were also about the visit. Thibodeaux is a weak side defensive end out of Thousand Oaks (CA) Oaks Christian High School and will be missing Coachella to make the unofficial visit.

Alumni

Taggart responded to former FSU and current New York Jets defensive back Terrence Brooks’ Tweet, which read, “Geeked up about dem Noles this year. Wouldn’t trade in that Natty but I would’ve loved to experience the @CoachTaggart Era.”

It appears Brooks might be the latest alumnus to return to Florida State.

Shane Robinson, a former ’Noles baseball player, was called up to play for the New York Yankees this week and delivered with a hit in the team’s series against the Red Sox.

Other Sports

Yesterday the No. 14 Seminoles softball team defeated the visiting No. 6 Florida Gators behind a stellar game on the mound out of Kylee Hanson. This victory over Florida came on the heels of a loss in baseball to the in-state rival.

The Florida State basketball team held its end of the year banquet tonight, commemorating a memorable Elite Eight run.

Several awards were given out at the banquet, notably Phil Cofer, Braian Angola and Terance Mann all won the Bob Sura Outstanding Offensive Player award, while Trent Forrest won Sixth Man and Mfiondu Kabengele won Most Improved. For the whole list of awards click the link below.