The past weekend saw Willie Taggart and a couple of FSU players introduce themselves to the ACC media in Charlotte. One of Taggart’s missions in 2018 will be to re-establish the Florida State brand following a disastrous 2017 campaign, and positive appearances like his today go a long way in doing so. Taking it on the road is important, especially when the national media is present, as was the case in North Carolina for the ACC Kickoff.
Of course, the real healing will need to be done on the field, and, to that end, it looks like FSU will be taking to the field and the road concurrently for some fall practices in the near future. We’ve learned that the ’Noles are close to an agreement to stage some sessions of fall camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, most likely toward the beginning of fall practice. Bradenton, of course, is Taggart’s hometown.
While these practices would occur during a dead period in which FSU cannot directly communicate with prospects, this is still exceptional recruiting exposure for the Seminoles, as IMG is the home of elite prospects from all over the country, including a five-star ’Nole target. Presently, FSU has more IMG grads on its roster than from any other high school in the country (Deondre Francois, Tre’ McKitty, Ricky Aguayo, and Joshua Kaindoh).