Florida State football entered the final college football weekend in a position they’ve unfortunately become accustomed to: sitting on the couch. Conference Championship Game weekend, normally an important weekend for the Seminoles under Jimbo Fisher, has become a weekend usually bereft of notable news.
Two years ago, FSU found itself waiting to hear back from Willie Taggart. This year, FSU appears to be on the cusp of hiring Memphis coach Mike Norvell. As FSU waits, however, news has come—but of the bad variety.
Three commitments have left FSU’s 2020 recruiting class this Friday evening alone.
Two come from FSU’s DL class—which is a serious position of need as notable players such as Marvin Wilson and potentially Cory Durden appear poised to depart.
Morven Joseph, a weakside defensive end from Lakeland, was the first to decommit:
Joseph, a 3 star DE, decommited while in Gainesville on an official visit to Florida. It’s always a blow to lose a player at position of need, but while he’s visiting the town where that rivaI has only beaten FSU once in a decade. A solid DE who did not project to play as a freshman, Joseph is a solid net win for Dan Mullen.
From our NoleThru&Thru:
Joseph wouldn’t be an early contributor most years, but with the needs in this class and depth chart, he will be missed. He had a pretty good senior season too based on film.
From contributor oline0175:
Only pass rusher they’ve got in this class. Not elite but he’s got upside. Kind of maximized physically - but still a big need.
Keyshawn Greene is a blue chip linebacker from Wakulla. This is the biggest loss of the trio:
Greene has been rumored by (notoriously eager) Miami experts to be high on the Hurricanes.
Greene is one of the best players in FSU’s class, a true natural linebacker who has freak athleticism. This is a player FSU should never (and cannot afford to) lose—a local stud from Wakulla, whose family is known to be big on FSU, and he’s visited campus many times. This is a huge loss. His style isn’t a great comparison, but his situation is comparable to that of Nigel Bradham—a natural linebacker with great athleticism on top of being a local and an FSU fan.
Greene is everything you said he is. Smart, physical, fast, potential to be a team leader.
Greene is an athletic LB in the mold of former FSU greats. Kid can get sideline to sideline in a hurry and is a day 1 starter at a school like FSU who is lacking size/athleticism in its LB corps.
That’s a bad one.
Josh Griffis has been flirting with all teams except FSU on social media lately. His decommit is not the best kept secret:
Please Respect My Decision pic.twitter.com/tViZVOYxze— B I G C O U N T R Y (@joshgriffis_) December 6, 2019
Griffis’ loss in and of itself isn’t a major cause for concern—he’s a solid, but not exceptional player who lacks top-notch athleticism. He’s a guy you wouldn’t be concerned about losing if there were a couple blue chips on the commit list and/or some good young talent on the depth chart. But there isn’t.
Griffis isn’t a loss. He’s just a guy. Hard worker but not a difference maker.
Griffis is classic energy player who you are happy to have and hate to play against but isn’t a loss. Griffis is a body and he will show up/work hard. He’s Budd Thacker. Griffis does make plays though so I’d have taken him.
Griffis is JAG - but FSU needs a Guy, especially at the position.
A very poor start to CCG weekend.
Greene and Griffis are early enrollees. A new coach being named quickly could likely salvage the commitments of Greene and Joseph, but Griffis has had a foot out the door since before Willie Taggart’s dismissal.
Any hope of getting early enrollee decommits back rests on getting the prospects on campus for an official visit next weekend. Which depends on what happens with the pending head coaching hire.
One speed bump, especially with defensive line prospects, is the presence of rumors of Odell Haggins retiring. These rumors, and I must add the caveat that these are rumors, even include murmurs that he has already told this to players and/or prospects. The timing of the Haggins rumors effectively could have prospects viewing FSU as a ship even more rudderless. And that may have contributed to these decommits.
As we watch Oregon paddle Utah, we shall see what becomes of FSU’s recruiting class on championship weekend.