It’s no secret Florida State Seminoles’ recruiting has taken a nose dive in recent weeks. The class has lost seven commitments over the last week or so, due to Jimbo Fisher’s staff putting the brakes on most recruiting since Halloween. However, we could be on the precipice of a major swing in momentum, now that FSU has hired Willie Taggart away from Oregon to be its next head coach.
Taggart is considered one of the best recruiters in the country due to the talent he was able to sign at Western Kentucky and USF, and the class he had coming in at Oregon, which is on pace to be the best in school history.
So who might Taggart be able to bring with him to Tallahassee? A source with intimate knowledge of the Oregon and Florida State recruiting situations gave us four names.
In addition, Tampa-area Oregon commitments such as DB Isaiah Bolden and WR Warren Thompson, both of whom FSU recruited at one point, should be considered likely to flip now that FSU has landed Taggart. Bolden was an FSU commit at one time. Current Ducks defensive ends commits Malcolm Lamar (Seffner, FL) and Johnathan King (Tampa, FL), along with linebacker Andrew Johnson (Tifton, GA) should also be considered prime flip candidates.
Oregon QB commit Tyler Shough, of Arizona, is a different story. FSU offered Shough, but the QB never visited. FSU does not have a QB commit at present.
It’s uncertain if Taggart would be able to flip other recent de-commitments like DB Houston Griffith, WR Marquez Ezzard, OL Verdis Brown, DB John Huggins, or DB Israel Mukuamu (an early enrollee), although several of those players do have Oregon offers and presumably some level of talent.