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Florida State football, recruiting news: Willie Taggart makes first hire to FSU staff

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The FSU head coach brings on a position coach he worked with at South Florida who has interesting recruiting ties.

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Football

New Florida State head coach Willie Taggart has begun the process of hiring the coaching staff that will surround him in Tallahassee with news breaking Wednesday that Telly Lockette, who worked with Taggart at South Florida, will become FSU’s tight ends coach, although he’s been coaching running backs since 2015 at Oregon State.

Although many fans are disappointed by FSU’s Independence Bowl matchup against Southern Miss, it will mark a reunion of sorts for a number of people now affiliated with the Golden Eagles.

The Sports Illustrated college football staff unanimously picked the Seminoles to win that bowl matchup with USM.

Florida State landed one game on ESPN’s list of the top 20 games from the 2017 regular season.

11. No. 13 Miami 24, Florida State 20 (Oct. 7)In a game rescheduled following a hurricane, Miami receiver Darrell Langhamhauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass along the sidelines with six seconds left, giving the Hurricanes the dramatic comeback victory over their stumbling rival.

Recruiting

Two former Oregon commits and 2018 recruits, four-star wide receiver Warren Thompson out of Tampa and four-star defensive back Isaiah Bolden out of Jacksonville, who first committed to FSU, both plan on taking official visits to Florida State this weekend.

Taggart was in South Florida Wednesday and stopped by to visit 2018 four-star cornerback and FSU commit Asante Samuel Jr., who is taking his official visit to Tallahassee this weekend as well.

Taggart also went in-home with three-star linebacker commit Rosendo Louis.

In other news that is not definitely but quite possibly tied to FSU and Taggart, three-star 2018 quarterback Mike Penix decommitted from Tennessee Wednesday, three days after he received an offer from Florida State.

Alumni

Former Florida State safety Derwin James has signed with the same agent that represents former FSU cornerback and current Jacksonville Jaguar Jalen Ramsey.

Other Sports

TN basketball expert Michael Rogner answered the questions you want to know surrounding this year’s basketball team including, “Is this team good?”

Yes, this team is good.

It’s not the team we thought we were getting. We thought we’d be getting a better shooting yet inexperienced version of last year’s team - and that’s exactly what Coach Hamilton showed in the summer and exhibition games.

Now, due to a limited roster, Florida State is playing a little bit slower than they want. They aren’t taking as many 3s as expected. And small-ball runs the day.

But they’re good. This can largely attributed to how disruptive this team is. Two things generate live-ball turnovers: steals and blocks. And this team is getting more than last year’s team. Transition offense has accounted for 32.7% of the Seminoles’ initial shot attempts, which is up 2% from last year. Couple that with improved 3-pt shooting, and FSU is keeping pace with last year’s offense, despite the loss of Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and Jon Isaac.