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FSU slides by rivals in recruiting rankings

Following a 5-7 season, no one knew how Florida State would perform on the recruiting trail going forward. It was a situation this program hadn’t dealt with in over 40 years and many fans figured Florida and Miami would have the edge on top prospects in the 2020 cycle.

Instead, we’ve seen the Seminoles calculate their attack this offseason. The coaching staff has been focused on the trail and it has paid off with 21 verbal commitments before the 2019 season. Now, the program who had the worst record of the big-3 in Florida a year ago is leading the pack when it comes to recruiting.

Prior to the commitment of four-star running back Lawrance Toafili to the ‘Noles, FSU was No. 11 in the 2020 class rankings. After it, Florida State hopped Florida, Miami, and Texas A&M to move into the top-10 at No. 8. Head coach Willie Taggart and his coaching staff are sitting pretty with 11 four-star commits and 10 three-star commits to this point. Going forward, the Seminoles have the option of being selective about who they pursue for the final few spots.

While this doesn’t mean a whole lot with over four months to go until the Early Signing Period, it’s certainly a win for Florida State after the program lost to both Florida and Miami in 2018 for the first time in nine years. I don’t think I need to say why I decided to include the Aggies.


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