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FSU football, recruiting news: Breaking down Day 1 of the Early Signing Period

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FSU signee Amari Gainer
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Recruiting

The first day of the first ever early signing period was a mixed bag for Florida State. The Seminoles signed a few of their commits including four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, four-star linebacker Amari Gainer and three-star offensive lineman Christian Armstrong.

However, FSU also had its share of misses as four-star running back James Cook chose Georgia over FSU, four-star quarterback Emory Jones picked UF and three-star linebacker Rosendo Louis flipped from FSU to South Carolina.

Although this may seem more gloom and doom than FSU is used to, let this put Wednesday’s events in perspective.

The highlight of the day was saved for last when five-star safety Jaiden Woodbey out of California announced that he will be flipping his commitment from Ohio State and signing with FSU just eight days after he was offered.

FSU also threw a late offer at 2018 three-star defensive end Jamarcus Chatman Wednesday night.

Football

Jeff Cameron of ESPN Radio 97.9 got the chance to interview new FSU head coach Willie Taggart Wednesday morning. On the show, Taggart relayed a timeline for when he expects to fill out the rest of his coaching staff.

Making his rounds, Taggart also appeared on the latest episode of the Kanell and Bell podcast.

Early in the Taggart era, Florida State players say there’s a new aura around the practice field.

It’s a way different vibe,” wide receiver Nyqwan Murray said. “Everybody is more laid back, more relaxed. We get through practice smoother.”

Tim Brewster may not be on FSU’s coaching staff anymore, but he couldn’t pass up the chance to troll Uncle Luke one more time.

Alumni

Former FSU running back Warrick Dunn continued his lifelong charitable efforts, giving away his 159th home to a family in need through his charity on Wednesday.

Other Sports

The day before taking on Southern Miss in their final non-conference game of the season, members of the Florida State basketball team gave back to the Tallahassee community, both by serving food at a local shelter and by taking area elementary school students on a Christmas shopping spree at Target, as relayed by Jordan Culver of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Trendon Watford, the No. 3 small forward and No. 16 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class, will visit FSU over Christmas break.