Florida State suffered from its fourth de-commitment since Friday when 2020 QB Jeff Sims announced he would be reopening his recruitment on Wednesday morning. The Jacksonville-native emphasized that while the Seminoles are still an option for him, he’d be making no further comments until he officially commits during the Early Signing Period on December 18th, 2019:
It’s imperative that the Seminoles sign a quarterback in the upcoming 2020 signing class as Florida State didn’t sign a high school QB for two straight years (2018 and 2019) under Willie Taggart; most notably not landing current UNC QB Sam Howell during the Early Signing Period (ESP) last year.
FSU has just two eligible scholarship quarterbacks on its roster: James Blackman (the last high school QB to sign with FSU) and Louisville transfer Jordan Travis.
Before becoming too discouraged, it’s important to remember that with coaching changes, and the ESP, commitments are known to waver on both sides. New head coach Mike Norvell has a proven track record for developing QBs. As an FBS offensive coordinator or head coach, Norvell has coached a 3,000-yard passer in six of the last seven seasons. The Tigers ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 40.5 points per game and 6.90 yards per play last year.
Despite the recent string of decommitments, a majority of the current 2020 class has been vocally supportive of Florida State’s new hire on social media.