Monday Mailbag: Derick Hunter, Baseball, wide receivers, and quarterbacks

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Football season is almost here, seriously. Florida State opens the Willie Taggart era against Virginia Tech in JUST 70 days. I promise, it’ll go by a lot faster than you think it will, we get through this dead period every year.

Even though it’s the offseason, quite a few things interesting things are happening with FSU football. The `Noles are bolstering their talent with success on the recruiting trail. They currently hold the 12th best class in the country and look like they’ll finish in the Top-10.

Taggart and his staff are also trying to identify their starting quarterback. Deondre Francois, James Blackman, and Bailey Hockman are all in the running. However, just Francois and Blackman have actual playing experience.

With that being said, let’s hop in what we have in the Mailbag for this week.

Is DT Derick Hunter still committed to FSU? – Jack Mahaffey

4* DE Derick Hunter provided plenty of offseason drama this week when he posted a tweet detailing his commitment to FSU before deleting it shortly after. That sent the rumor mill into full swing. If anything, the real story is a lot less dramatic, Hunter’s high school coach said he deleted the tweet due to threats and harassment.

The four-star prospect has already decommitted from Miami and tried to commit to Georgia during his recruitment. The situation just led to more confusion but as of now Hunter is a Seminole. Now, will he remain that way? Only time can tell.

Hunter is a defensive-end prospect who will play on the interior for FSU at the next level.

Who will start at quarterback? – @playboii_ish

Florida State has the luxury of depth at the signal-caller position a year after their season was derailed when Deondre Francois went down during the opener against Alabama. Now, Francois and rising sophomore James Blackman both have started complete seasons at the collegiate level.

Blackman was a perfect fit for the pro-style system with his strong and accurate arm. However, if he’s healthy, Francois may have the upper hand in the Gulf Coast Offense.

Francois is more mobile and he’s shown the poise to have success after starting as a redshirt freshman in 2016 when helped lead Florida State to 10 wins.

The battle will come down to fall camp but I think a healthy Francois has a slight edge over Blackman on the field. However, Blackman has shown himself to be the definition of a leader off of it while Francois has made his fair share of mistakes.

Which lesser know WR will shine this year? – @country_teeg

FSU will be looking to a multitude of mostly unknown wide receivers to help offset the loss of Auden Tate to the NFL. George Campbell has been hampered by injuries since signing with the `Noles in 2015. Tamorrion Terry and Deonte Sheffield both redshirted last season but broke out in the spring game.

With Campbell’s history of injuries, Terry and Sheffield could be two unknown receivers who wind up playing big roles for Florida State by the time the season ends. Terry’s long frame makes him a weapon downfield while Sheffield showed off both play-making ability and speed during the spring.

Does FSU start the Baseball coaching search immediately? – @thomasccoker

The Seminoles are bringing back veteran skipper Mike Martin for his 40th and final season with the university. That means there will be major opening in college baseball roughly a year from now. FSU has a potential head coach in waiting on staff in Mike Martin Jr. If that doesn’t pan out, there will be a bevy of established candidates who likely throw their hat in the ring for consideration.

Florida State, with one of the most prestigious programs in the country, has the luxury of being able to wait to start their search. They’ll be able to find a talented coach either way.


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