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Florida State football, recruiting news: Norvell hits the recruiting trail

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While also rounding out his coaching staff.

Mike Norvell
Mike Norvell Introduction Press Conference
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Football:

Now that Mike Norvell is officially the head coach he’s pulling double-duty hitting the trail to visit recruits and working to put together a coaching staff.

Past, present, and future Seminoles react to Norvell’s hiring. Read about how the hire happened and how Norvell’s communication skills will be critical if he is to have success in Tallahassee.

Norvell will retain Odell Haggins as DL coach, which puts Haggins in rarefied air.

Shortly after announcing Haggins as his first assistant, FSU announced Kenny Dillingham as offensive coordinator. Dillingham comes from Auburn by way of Arizona State and Memphis with Norvell. That could likely mean Kendal Briles and Randy Clements will soon be out.

Who else could Norvell get to join FSU’s staff? I’m glad you asked. Here’s an excellent window into the coaches and program Norvell ran at Memphis. One of Norvell’s assistants, Ryan Silverfield, is contending for the head coaching vacancy there. Will he get it, or could he follow Norvell to Tallahassee? What about other assistants, like strength and conditioning coach Josh Storms?

Donte Lucas made 247Sports’ True Freshman All-American team.

FSU is gearing up to face Herm Edwards’ Sun Devils in El Paso, and the ’Noles are underdogs to Arizona State in what Vegas sees as a something of a shootout.

Willie Taggart will not be USF’s next head coach:

Recruiting:

With the early signing period quickly approaching Norvell and the current staff are already on the road visiting recruits and commits, including OL commit Zane Herring:

They also reportedly visited with linebacker recruit Keyshawn Greene and tight end commit Carter Boatwright (VIP).

Norvell also reportedly offered 2020 three-star safety Donovan Kaufman a scholarship.

Other Sports:

The Men’s Basketball team dipped slightly in the AP and Coaches Polls after dropping one to Indiana and and easily handling Clemson, but the Women’s team held steady at No. 8 after also dismantling Clemson. Senior Kiah Gillespie was named the ACC’s Player of the Week.

Senior Griffin Alaniz had a breakout weekend at the 2019 Toyota US Open in Atlanta, securing two 2020 US Olympics Trial cuts.

Alumni:

’Noles in the NFL: Jameis Winston broke his thumb but that didn’t stop him from going full-Jameis — a stupid absurd stat-line of 456 yards five total touchdowns and three more interceptions, which still put him above a 100 passer rating and a QBR of 83.8 (50 is an average game, 100 is perfect). Devonta Freeman finally scored another touchdown and Derwin James was also feeling like his old self, but Dalvin Cook wasn’t about to be outdone: