FSU Recruiting Impact: January 25th Official Visit Weekend

Willie Taggart and company put almost all of their eggs in the basket this past weekend. They chose to not utilize the first two weekends of January for recruiting and instead used the 25th and will host prospects next weekend as well. By all accounts, everything went according to plan and they knocked it out of the park with a majority of prospects on campus. Now I will give a rundown of all the visitors and where FSU stands with each after a successful weekend for the staff.

Lance LeGendre: The four-star signal caller had a great time in Tallahassee and all the effort FSU has put into him is paying off. Before the visit the vibes were good and they only got better afterward. The staff laid out the red carpet and I’m hearing Lance felt the love. He won’t commit until National Signing Day (which will be a common theme) but I feel FSU gets his signature. He has an upcoming visit to Maryland but FSU has put too much into this recruitment to lose out.

Alante Brown: The speedster from Chicago made his way down south for a visit to FSU and by all accounts, he had an awesome time. Even though Michigan State pulled his offer he visited regardless which shows you his interest level is high. Kendal Briles pitched his offense to Brown and he was highly receptive to how he would be used. He is expected to be a hybrid offensively, playing slot receiver and running back. I’d assume it’ll be a 3rd down scat back role which fits him perfectly though his frame would allow him to carry a decent load. After this visit, I feel comfortable in stating that Alante signs with FSU as of today. He still has one more visit coming up (to Tennessee if I’m reading the situation correctly) but FSU really knocked it out of the park here and should feel confident on NSD.

Darius Washington: The Mississippi State commit made it into Tallahassee for the second time in as many months this past weekend. The difference is this time he had an official offer in hand from the ‘Noles. Darius doesn’t say much but being a local prospect at a position of need has me feeling that FSU wins out here. I like him the best either at Guard or Right Tackle at the college level. He probably won’t make anything official until signing day but I can’t see FSU losing out here.

Ira Henry: The Missouri product has expressed that FSU is his dream school and the staff has pounced on that opening. After a visit to Auburn, there were some worries about where he was leaning but that has been rectified this past weekend. He gave his visit high marks and I’ve gotten vibes that FSU is exiting this weekend as his leader. He has to love the depth chart and opportunity to play in the south as well. He may take another official next week but I feel that FSU wins out here on signing day.

Kamaar Bell: The Georgia product is only a 40-minute drive away from FSU and that could push FSU over the top in this recruitment. In a video interview that Warchant posted he mentioned that FSU is his mom’s preference for this reason. That plus the ability to play early has to have the staff feeling good here. Bell stated before the visit that Auburn held the lead by a lot but afterward he said it’s now neck and neck. His teammate Jay Ward is taking an official to FSU next week and if Bell is with him that basically signals all she wrote for Auburn. When he signs on NSD I like FSU if this visit goes as scheduled… and I like FSU even if it doesn’t. Auburn can’t be discounted and you have to respect them on the trail but I think FSU is too much to overcome here.

Quashon Fuller: I know people will question his upcoming visit to Alabama but I have no reason to believe he doesn’t sign with FSU. He and his mother are lifelong Nole fans and his relationships with the new staff have been developing nicely.  Quite simply on NSD I see him signing with FSU.

Charles Moore: This is a hard one to predict if I’m being honest. I say this because Moore gives high marks to every visit and these recruits tend to surprise some when they commit. Moore has been connecting with multiple members of the #Tribe19 Class since the Under Armour Game and that can’t be understated. FSU once again knocked it out of the park here and will follow it up this week when Taggart makes an in-home visit. FSU has major competition from Auburn and Florida here going into NSD. He also visits LSU next weekend so they can’t be counted out. I will say that FSU should feel good about their position and Taggart closed extremely well last year on NSD. That should give FSU fans some confidence in these late recruitments.

Kevon Glenn: The FSU Linebacker signee had already been sold on everything garnet and gold since his commitment in early December. He spent a majority of his weekend convincing others to join the cause and his tweets suggest he did a good job. I  Iove Glenn’s film and think he can be a very good middle linebacker at the next level. Based off film he has the ability to play coverage down the middle of the field making him an ideal fit for Harlon Barnett’s scheme.

Eugene Asante: The staff wants one more linebacker in this class and Asante is their top target going into signing day. He has excellent film that made him a fan favorite late in the process. His film shows a sideline to sideline backer with good striking ability that also appears to be a great blitzer from his middle linebacker position. From sources, the entire weekend was a success and Asante should definitely be considered part of it. FSU has a good history of going against Virginia Tech on the trail and looks to follow the same pattern here. You also can’t count on North Carolina here… Tim Brewster is on that staff after all. They also get the last visit. This is one that will come down to Signing Day. To hard to call right now.

Brendan Gant: Gant created waves within the fan base when he shut down his recruitment for good after his visit. The long-time FSU commit will bring early impact potential to Tallahassee come summertime.

Ryan Fitzgerald: The lone commitment of the weekend was a huge get for the staff. With Ricky Aguayo graduating next year they found their replacement in Fitzgerald. He’s the Sail Kicking placekicker of the year and has a penchant for long-range field goals-a rarity for his age. The special team’s room is in good hands for the foreseeable future.

Additional Notes:
Taggart will visit all of the unsigned prospects this week because the NCAA Dead Period kicks in on February 4th. The dead period means that you can’t have face to face contact with a prospect – only calls and texts. It’s closing time.

Current players and commitments played a huge role in recruiting during the weekend, almost acting as extensions of the coaching staff. This has been a common occurrence during the big visit weekends under this staff. That and the paintball gunfights.

The vibes are great coming out of this weekend and it is apparent that the staff laid the groundwork for a great close. Taggart had an excellent NSD last year and we should see much of the same in February. They have one more official visit weekend coming up that will double as a junior day.  Keep your eye out for a visitor preview later this week.

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