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Florida State recruiting: Official visitors for 1/26 weekend

Willie Taggart continues to try and clean up Jimbo Fisher’s recruiting mess

Xavier Peters

Update (8:15pm):

FSU sources no longer expect four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore to visit.

The Florida State Seminoles’ recruiting class has risen steadily since Willie Taggart took over as head coach in December. He had a lot of ground to make up, as Jimbo Fisher’s staff had, in large part, stopped recruiting. When he took over, Willie Taggart said his goal was to “salvage” the recruiting class, and he looks to be on track to do so. FSU has risen from the 60s to the 20s, and has a legitimate shot to close with a top-15 class.

FSU currently has 12 commitments, including seven of which signed during the new Early Signing Period. The Seminoles have an impressive 66 percent Blue-Chip Ratio in the class at present.

This weekend, they will welcome six visitors on official visits, plus perhaps one on an unofficial visit.

Two current commitments will be on campus looking to recruit other players to join #Tribe18. Daytona (Fla.) Mainland WR D’Marcus Adams will be on hand, as will Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes OT Jalen Goss. Both are considered extremely solid commitments.

Linebacker Xavier Peters, a Kentucky commitment from West Chester (OH) Lakota West will be making the visit, and should see UF next weekend. Peters’ recruitment has skyrocketed as teams have become more optimistic about his academic profile, and FSU needs to take a second linebacker in the class.

Two talented defensive linemen will be on hand. Dennis Briggs, of Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway will be in town. FSU’s entire defensive staff went to visit him at school Thursday. Miami is considered the favorite, but Briggs has always likes the Seminoles. Rome (GA) end Jamarcus Chatman will also be making the trip. Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, and a few others are favored for Chatman.

Finally, receiver Josh Moore, of Yoakum (Texas), formerly of the IMG Academy, should finally be visiting. He saw Texas recently and the Longhorns are thought to lead, but FSU will have its chance to make its mark.

Something to watch for: FSU visited former commit Antoine Green, of Rockledge (Fla.), with the hopes of getting him back in the fold. He is no longer expected to visit Ole Miss this weekend, and FSU wants him to take an unofficial back up to Tallahassee, as he used his official in December. Teammate Jashaun Corbin, however, seems to have eliminated the Seminoles, which could be a bad sign for FSU with Green.

Something to watch for, Part II: FSU continues to pursue Tennessee WR commit Jordan Young, of Conyers (GA) Heritage. The only Power 5 official Young has taken was to Tennessee, as they were his first major offer. If FSU can get him on campus, it will have a shot.

Targets Visiting elsewhere

  • FSU top WR target Tre’Shaun Harrison, of Seattle (Wa.) Garfield will be visiting Oregon. He will see FSU on the final weekend.
  • WR target Warren Thompson, of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood will be visiting South Carolina. FSU is thought to have a strong lead for Thompson due to his connection with Taggart and the staff, as a former Oregon commit.
  • DE target Andrew Chatfield, of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage might be visiting the Gators. He saw FSU last week and Miami the week prior.
  • DE target Malcolm Lamar, of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, is visiting UF. He saw FSU in December.
  • QB target James Foster, of Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier, is visiting Texas A&M. He has already seen Alabama and LSU. FSU has the final visit, and went in home with Foster Thursday.
  • I have to imagine DE target Caleb Tannor, of Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove pops up somewhere after seeing UF last weekend and Nebraska the week before. Maybe he’ll visit Auburn, which is trying to get involved. FSU has the final visit.
  • DE target John Mincey, of Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County will be visiting South Carolina. FSU holds the final visit with him.
  • Update: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly WR Jalen Hall might take an unofficial to see Oregon again. He visited FSU last weekend. But in the meantime, he committed to Oregon Friday morning.