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Saturday Night Live brings change to FSU on recruiting trail

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It’s been roughly eight months since Willie Taggart was named the new head coach at Florida State. We’ve already seen a plethora of changes. The Seminoles are actually showing offseason development in the weight room, something that rarely happened under the previous staff. The entire team and staff also seem to have a renewed optimism and energy with some players even speaking out and saying Taggart has made football fun again at FSU. The Bradenton native has reestablished academic standards, which is something that began to slip as Jimbo Fisher’s tenure went on.

Seriously, it feels like this program has gone on a complete 180 since December and those changes have made their way onto the recruiting trail as well. Florida State closed with three prospects from the west coast during the 2018 cycle, Fisher landed just four prospects from the area over his eight seasons. The Seminoles finally broke the Armwood curse, landing both Warren Thompson and Malcolm Lamar. FSU had never landed a prospect from Armwood High School prior to Thompson and Lamar.

The `Noles closed with the No. 11 class in the country after landing five commitments on National Signing Day. That momentum has hardly slowed as we’ve advanced through spring and into the summer.

Nine prospects have committed to Florida State since April and more are expected to follow at Saturday Night Live (July 28, 4-6 p.m.). The event is something Taggart has done at both USF and Oregon, now he’s bringing it to Tallahassee.

Top recruits from around the country that the Seminoles are pursuing will receive personal invitations to the event. In past years, Taggart has held 7-on-7’s and races between the prospects though he’s sure to unearth something unique at FSU. SNL will be held inside Doak Campbell Stadium and it’s open to the public. Taggart and Co. want fans in the stands to welcome the talented recruits to the capital city.

Saturday Night Live worked wonders for Oregon last year. The Ducks had four prospects pull the trigger with thousands of fans in the stands. FSU is hoping the formula will work for them as well.

With uncommitted players like Kayvon Thibodeaux, Will Putnam, Evan Neal, Trey Sanders, Nick Cross, Brendan Gant, and others likely to be in attendance, expect Taggart and his staff to pull out all the stops to try and land them. Florida State currently has 13 commitments which have them ranked No. 12 in the country by the 247 Sports Composite rankings.

If all goes to plan, expect another surge on the recruiting trail in late July.

 


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