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FSU commit Asante Samuel Jr. talks Willie Taggart, his decision after his official visit

The NFL legacy has had some of his nerves surrounding the coaching change calmed after spending a weekend with Taggart.

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Florida State defensive back commit Asante Samuel had extremely positive things to say about his first interactions with new Florida State coach Willie Taggart.

The four-star defensive back, ranked as the No. 56 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, committed to Florida State back in April of 2017. His interactions had been entirely with Jimbo Fisher and his coaching staff, though. He had dealt very little with Willie Taggart as a recruit.

That changed this week, however, as Taggart visited Samuel down in South Florida on Thursday and Samuel headed up to Tallahassee for an official visit this weekend.

That visit calmed some of his nerves surrounding the coaching change.

“I wanted to learn what he had in store for the program headed into the future,” Samuel said of Taggart. “It cleared some things up.”

Samuel said that his favorite part of the visit was hanging with the members of the team, Stanford Samuels III and Cyrus Fagan notably, and seeing their thoughts regarding Taggart and the coaching change.

On Taggart, Samuel said, “He just keeps it real. We can relate to him.”

Samuel also shared that he saw a difference in the team at practice led by the new regime.

“More energy, more excitement,” Samuel said. “Everybody was just flying around.”

Samuel was unsure if he will be signing during next week’s early signing period, which extends from Wednesday through Friday, but he didn’t rule out the possibility.

Florida State Seminoles Football commit Asante Samuel Jr. talks about how his confidence was restored after his official visit at FSU.

Posted by on Sunday, December 17, 2017