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Florida State coach Willie Taggart has a longstanding relationship with 4-star quarterback target Michael Johnson Jr., who will take an official visit to FSU later this month.

Florida State recruiting: QB target sets official visit; another Washington star on radar

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Four-star QB Michael Johnson visiting FSU in two weeks

Florida State’s situation at quarterback heading into the 2019 cycle was dire from a depth standpoint.

After failing to land a quarterback in the 2018 class, and with just three passers on the current roster, Seminoles coach Willie Taggart and his staff had to at least consider the possibility of taking two quarterback prospects for 2019.

The pressure to get an elite passer was alleviated somewhat in April when 4-star Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell committed to the Seminoles.

The question since that time has become whether he would be the lone quarterback in the class. Florida State has continued to recruit other quarterbacks in hopes that Howell indeed will not be the only 2019 quarterback.

One player among that group is 4-star Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon quarterback Michael Johnson Jr.

The 6-foot-2 ½, 192-pound Johnson is the son of Oregon receivers coach Michael Johnson.

Being that the elder Johnson was hired by Taggart when he was at Oregon, there is already an established relationship between the younger Johnson and Seminoles coach.

According to 247Sports’ Greg Biggins, Johnson has scheduled an official visit to Florida State the weekend of June 22. The visit comes despite the fact that the Seminoles were left out of his top 7 that he released last month.

While his father is still on the Ducks staff, as Biggins detailed, the younger Johnson appears to be favoring the idea of leaving his home state for college with Miami and Penn State currently surging in his recruitment.

However, it appears as if the Seminoles could assert themselves as a serious contender for Johnson if his visit goes smoothly.

2019 4-star DT to visit this weekend

Florida State has one defensive tackle committed in 3-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive tackle Tru Thompson.

It’s likely that the Seminoles want to add one or two more players at the position before the cycle concludes.

One player that is high on the wish list of Taggart and defensive line coach Odell Haggins is 4-star Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva defensive tackle Tyler Davis.

The 6-1, 293-pound Sunshine State defender rates as the nation’s No. 10 defensive tackle and the No. 163 player overall in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He’s also the prep teammate of 3-star cornerback and current Seminoles pledge Renardo Green.

Davis has 30 offers to his credit, with schools such as Clemson, Miami and Ohio State among the early group that has jumped to the front of the pack in his recruitment.

Davis was on campus for Florida State’s spring game in April, but the Seminoles will need to get him back on campus soon to close the gap.

According to Noles247’s Josh Newberg, the Seminoles will get that chance this weekend.

The Seminoles offered Davis last summer, and their interest in him has increased during the spring.

The timing of this visit is important if the Seminoles hope to assert themselves as a major player in his recruitment moving forward.

2020 5-star linebacker plans visit to FSU

Florida State defied the odds in the 2018 cycle when it landed elite athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison from the state of Washington.

The Evergreen State is far from the normal stomping ground where the Seminoles usually recruit, but Taggart’s ties to the West Coast helped him pull off a huge win with Harrison.

While it’s likely the Seminoles don’t spend a ton of time in the Pacific Northwest looking for talent, their success means they will try when there’s talent worth pursuing there in the future.

Such is the case with Harrison’s prep teammate and 2020 5-star Seattle Garfield linebacker Sav’ell Smalls.

The 6-3, 227-pound defender rates as the nation’s top outside linebacker and the No. 3 player overall in the 2020 cycle, according to 247Sports.

According to 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman, Smalls plans to visit Florida State at the end of July.

Smalls will be busy the next few months taking visits. He’s set to see Clemson and Georgia next week and then Alabama the following week.

Before he hits Tallahassee, he plans to check out Florida on the same trip at the end of July.

With Harrison scheduled to arrive on campus in a few days and his familiarity with Taggart, the Seminoles have a shot be a factor in Smalls recruitment if his visit goes well.

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