Travis Jay: “I just want to keep the legacy going.”

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Florida State has turned up the heat on the recruiting trail with Willie Taggart at the helm and recruits are starting to take notice. Already, the Seminoles are attracting elite talent from all over the country to Tallahassee in the middle of spring. That’s basically been unheard of at FSU until now.

After being blown away by the changes taking place, long time target and 2019 three-star safety, Travis Jay, pulled the trigger and committed to the `Noles. He became Taggart’s first commitment of the 2019 class. FSU has five total commitments but the other four came under Jimbo Fisher. Jay had this to say about this decision.

“I’ve been planning it but I wasn’t expecting it this soon,” Jay said to NoleGameday. “They were my school, they were my top choice.”

Jay seemed to be a fan of how Taggart has operated since he’s taken over the program. He had a lot of praise for the first-year head coach and his staff.

“I see coach Taggart,” Jay said on the program’s evolution. “He’s building it, he’s making process. I like what he’s doing, I feel like I relate to him, what he says, and what he’s trying to improve. I want to be with someone like that.”

Two other coaches that made Jay feel at home were the only two members of the staff that Taggart retained. Odell Haggins and Mario Edwards Sr. Jay said that they were instrumental in his recruitment while also mentioning the energy that has revitalized the program.

“I feel different. I like the energy around,” Jay said on the differences with Taggart leading the program. “When I went to Florida State with coach Taggart at the head everybody was together all the time, a lot of energy, and happy. I want to be around somewhere like that.”

The Madison County High School product now has a chance to follow in the footsteps of those that have come before him. The Cowboys have sent a couple of high-profile players to Florida State, notably Jacobbi McDaniel and Chris Thompson in 2009. Jay now has a chance to continue the pipeline.

“It means a lot because the former players go there and make a legacy,” Jay said. “I just want to keep the legacy going for us and those behind me.”

Now, it’s time for Jay to start making a legacy of his own. His goal is to play two sports in college, football, and basketball.

“Next time I go up there I’m going to talk to coach Taggart and see if I can do both,” Jay said on potentially playing two sports. “I’d like to do both.”

Former Seminole and fellow defensive back, Marquez White, played a season for the basketball team back in 2014. 1993 Heisman winner Charlie Ward is the most famous name at FSU to have played both sports at the same time. It’s been done before, it just requires a different level of commitment to the game. Jay might have the perfect attitude to make it work.

“I’ve played both all my life and baseball,” Jay said on being a dual-sport star. “It won’t be hard on me because it’s something I’ve always done. I just stay doing both so I’m on a mission and not out there doing something I’m not supposed to do.”

Jay’s mindset is something that stood out to me while talking to him. He has the personality that could help him stand out as a recruiter. Amari Gainer was the ‘bellcow’ for last years class. Tribe 19 is still looking for that person to step up and it may be Jay.

The three-star defensive back has already been recruiting a local lineman at his high school. He’s also planning to get on campus to put Florida State on the minds of the elite talent that’s been swinging through. Madison is only about an hour away from Tallahassee.

Having just committed in March as well as growing up a fan of the Seminoles, Jay considers himself as a strong pledge. He’s currently not planning to visit other schools and will spend his offseason participating in the camp circuit. When it’s all said and done, Jay will likely end up as a four-star prospect, he’s more talented than his ranking currently shows.

Albeit early in the recruiting process, Florida State currently sits with the No. 10 class in the country according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings after Jay’s commitment. DBU is rolling right along in this defensive heavy class. All five of the `Noles current commits play on the defensive side of the ball, including two in the defensive backfield.

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