FSU moves past Florida after big recruiting weekend

New head coach Willie Taggart and his staff have already gotten off to a fast start on the recruiting trail after the dismal mess Jimbo Fisher left in his swift departure to Texas A&M.  11 recruits that had pledged to Florida State under Fisher elected to decommit in the early aftermath of the chaos. So far, none of them have recommitted.

Despite a crumbling class and an incomplete staff, Taggart went right to work. He’s now filled his staff and garnered seven commitments in the process.

The latest prospects who have chosen to don the garnet and gold are 4* LB Xavier Peters and 4* DE Dennis Briggs. Peters flipped his commitment from Kentucky to FSU while the `Noles finally won over Briggs after a battle with Miami.

With the commitments, Florida State has now surpassed Florida in the recruiting rankings. With 14 commits, including 10 four-stars, the `Noles now have the No. 16 class. The Gators have 15 commitments and are ranked at No. 17. What a remarkable job so far by Taggart and Co.

Peters is ranked as the No. 12 OLB in the country by the 247 Composite Rankings and he fills a major need on defense. The Seminoles are a little thin at linebacker, especially if they’ll be switching back to a 4-3 defense from the 4-2-5.

The West Chester native already has the frame at 6’4” 225 lbs. to contribute from day one. He’s expected to be primarily used as a pass rusher in Harlon Barnett’s System. Peters is extremely physical at the point of attack and does a great job of finishing his tackles. He also shows off a lot of hustle on film, which will only benefit him at the next level.

However, while there aren’t many concerns on the field for Peters, there might be some in the classroom. The four-star prospect is rumored to have grade issues. It’ll be important to get his issues straightened out as soon as possible.

Peters finished his senior season with 50 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Check out his senior highlights below.

Briggs is ranked as the No. 25 DT in the nation by the 247 Composite Rankings. Miami felt like they were the favorite but Briggs love for the `Noles and coach Haggins helped seal the deal.

He’s a tweener between the defensive end and defensive tackle spots, but FSU’s coaches believe his best fit will be in the interior. Briggs is good at moving laterally and reading plays but he needs to work on his tackling ability.

The Kissimmee product finished his senior season of high school with 116 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. Check out his full highlights below.


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