What every Florida State fan needs to know on National Signing Day
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Seminoles looking to close 2018 cycle on high note
The traditional fanfare that surrounds National Signing Day may be a little more subdued this time thanks to college football’s first early signing period in December.
But there still will be plenty of newsworthy events taking place Wednesday at schools all around the country.
At Florida State, after transitioning from Jimbo Fisher to Willie Taggart, National Signing Day is lining up to be a potentially monumental day for the Seminoles’ new staff.
Florida State DieHards lead writer Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) will provide live coverage and updates of all the happenings surrounding the Seminoles’ top remaining commitments and targets.
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— Tre'Shaun Harrison (@Treshaunn__) February 5, 2018
The action will get started Wednesday morning as three targets announce their intentions at 10 a.m. ET. The last scheduled announcement is at 1 p.m., so the Seminoles should know where they stand by the afternoon.
Here is a list of players announcing their decision Wednesday (all times ET):
- Anthony Grant, 3-star RB: 7 a.m.
- Andrew Chatfield, 4-star DE: 10 a.m., ESPNU
- Malcolm Lamar, 4-star DE: 10 a.m.
- James Miller, 3-star LB: 10 a.m.
- Tre’Shaun Harrison, 4-star ATH: 10:45 a.m.
- Jamarcus Chatman, 3-star DT: 11:30 a.m.
- Jordan Young, 4-star WR: 1 p.m.
- James Foster, 4-star QB: AL.com video, TBD
— Laura Goldman (@GOODasGOLDman) February 1, 2018
Florida State has added four commitments since Jan. 28 — 4-star Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway defensive tackle Dennis Briggs, 4-star West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West linebacker Xavier Peters, 4-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood wide receiver Warren Thompson and 3-star Pensacola (Fla.) West Pensacola Tech wide receiver Keyshawn Helton.
The Seminoles head into NSD with 16 signees/commits and room to add as many as six players.
Which players are trending up and which are trending down heading into the announcements?
- Foster: Florida State got the last visit for one of the top remaining quarterbacks on the board. Foster also took visits to Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M. Normally, pulling a top QB from the state of Alabama is nearly impossible when competing against the Crimson Tide. But the stars seem to be aligning for it to happen with Foster. In fact, LSU might be the biggest threat to the Seminoles in Foster’s recruitment.
Enjoyed FSU..🍢 pic.twitter.com/bgFqsRyR7d
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) February 4, 2018
- Harrison: One of the first orders of business for Taggart upon arriving in Tallahassee was to offer Harrison, who was committed to Oregon when Taggart was coaching the Ducks. When Harrison reopened his recruitment, he took visits to Oregon, Tennessee and Utah before taking his last visit to Florida State. The Seminoles’ need at receiver and Harrison’s familiarity with Taggart are likely the deciding factors that help Florida State win out for his services.
- Lamar and Miller: Lamar was also a member of Oregon’s class when Taggart was running things in Eugene. He took an unofficial visit to Florida State with Thompson last weekend, which is a strong sign of the Seminoles’ chances with both. Miller earned a late offer from Florida State and took his official visit last weekend, as well. The Seminoles lost three linebackers from last season and adding Miller would give them a third linebacker in this class. So his addition makes sense from a numbers perspective.
- Young: Getting the Tennessee commitment on campus on the final visit weekend was critical. The Seminoles have a glaring need at wide receiver, and Young, despite coming on late in the process, has as much natural talent as any receiver Taggart and his staff are pursuing in this class. While the Vols were his first big offer and they got him to commit, the Seminoles appear to have made a strong impression on Young. That and the depth chart could be enough to sway him for a flip in the end.
FSU GUESS WHO❗️
— JORDAN W. YOUNG🎈 (@JY_8SZN) February 2, 2018
- Chatfield: The Seminoles offered Chatfield in January and were able to get him on campus for an official visit shortly afterward. Though Chatfield enjoyed his visit to Tallahassee, the Seminoles seem to be running behind rivals Florida and Miami with respect to building a relationship with the in-state pass rusher. It is likely that he ends up in Coral Gables or Gainesville.
- Chatman: Whereas the Seminoles are likely a distant third in Chatfield’s recruitment, they are in the thick of the race for Chatman after wowing him on his official visit two weekends ago. The other finalists are fellow ACC members Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, but this recruitment could boil down to the Hurricanes and the Seminoles. Miami got him on campus last weekend and has a glaring need for versatile defensive linemen. With Briggs already on board and Lamar looking likely, it is hard to imagine the Seminoles hitting the trifecta with Chatman.
What y’all think ? 🙌🏾🌪 pic.twitter.com/9VC6gHp6Gh
— Jamarcus Chatman (@ChatmanJamarcus) February 3, 2018
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