De-commitments are increasingly the norm at schools across the country during the recruiting process, and Florida State is no different in that regard.
But the Seminoles endured a bevy of losses to their 2018 class.
Of course, losing Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M and replacing him with Willie Taggart from Oregon in early December can explain why the Seminoles class underwent a dramatic makeover.
Taggart has done a remarkable job putting together a strong class in a short amount of time, but even he would likely do a double-take looking at some of the names which once occupied spots on the Seminoles’ commitment list.
In fact, there are enough talented names on that list to build a separate class on its own.
Let’s take a look back at each of Florida State’s 2018 de-commitments.
4-star RB James Cook (Miami) — signed with Georgia
The younger brother of Seminoles all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook, James Cook committed to Florida State in March 2016 before reopening his recruitment last summer. He committed to Georgia in October, but Taggart was able to get him on campus for an official visit the last weekend before the early signing period. Cook stuck with his Georgia pledge and signed with the Bulldogs.
— James Cook (@thegreat__4) January 8, 2018
4-star CB Houston Griffith (Bradenton, Fla.) — signed with Notre Dame
Originally from Chicago, Houston Griffith transferred to Sunshine State prep powerhouse IMG Academy and starred as a defensive back for the Ascenders. He committed to Florida State in October after a heated recruitment between the Seminoles and Notre Dame. However, amid the turmoil surrounding Fisher and his future in Tallahassee, Griffith de-committed from Florida State in late November and committed to the Irish a few weeks later. He signed with Notre Dame in the early signing period.
Officially a student athlete at Notre Dame ☘️
— Houston Griffith (@___HG3) January 16, 2018
4-star WR Justin Watkins (Clermont, Fla.) — committed to Florida
To say Justin Watkins’ recruitment has been a roller coaster might be understating things a bit. He initially committed to LSU in April 2015. He backed out of that commitment in February 2016 and subsequently committed to Florida State in June 2016. That pledge lasted roughly eight months before he flipped to Texas. His commitment to the Longhorns lasted four months before he reopened his recruitment for the fourth time. Finally, Watkins committed to Florida late last month and is expected to sign with the Gators.
— justin watkins (@laamar_05) January 21, 2018
4-star CB Isaiah Bolden (Zephyrhills, Fla.) — signed with Florida State
Isaiah Bolden took the long road to get to Tallahassee. He initially committed to the Seminoles in June 2016. However, Taggart got him to flip to Oregon in late April last year. But when Taggart arrived in Tallahassee, Bolden once again reopened his recruitment. He took an official visit to Florida State on the final weekend before the early signing period and subsequently signed with the Seminoles on the final day of the period, Dec. 22.
Signing day it’s almost here to all the athletes signing congratulations on achieving something we all wanted to do since little league but everyone should know NOLES TAKING OVER #DoSomething🍢
— KING. (@isaiahbolden23) February 3, 2018
4-star RB Jashaun Corbin (Rockledge, Fla.) — choosing from TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M
Jashaun Corbin initially committed to Tennessee in April before backing off that pledge a few weeks later. Less than a week after reopening his recruitment, he committed to Florida State. He was solid in that pledge until the saga surrounding Fisher caused him to reopen his recruitment. After that point, he never visited Florida State again despite having a strong relationship with Taggart dating back to his days at Oregon. Corbin will now choose from the Horned Frogs, Volunteers and Aggies on National Signing Day.
— Jashaun Corbin (@Jashaun06) January 26, 2018
4-star DE Kayode Oladele (Miami) — signed with Auburn
Kayode Oladele committed to Florida State last February during one of the Seminoles’ junior day events. However, that pledge was short-lived as he reopened his recruitment less than three months later. He took official visits to Auburn and Ole Miss in December before signing with the Tigers in the early signing period.
— Kayode Oladele (@kaybronsix) December 17, 2017
4-star OL Verdis Brown (Bradenton, Fla.) — signed with Illinois
Similar to his prep teammate Griffith, Verdis Brown is originally from Chicago. He committed to Florida State in July. But he was one of a flurry of de-commitments that took place shortly before the Seminoles’ regular season finale versus Louisiana-Monroe when Fisher abruptly resigned to take the Texas A&M job. Brown ended up closer to his original home in signing with Illinois.
New guys are ready to work 😤#Illini, including 6️⃣ early enrollees, begin winter workouts on Monday.
Nick Walker@jakari_norwood3 @RUnije @Pcd299 @verdisbrown @ShaedonMeadors pic.twitter.com/8gnZrqDUDj
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) January 21, 2018
4-star ATH Marquez Ezzard (Stockbridge, Ga.) — choosing between Miami and Ole Miss
Marquez Ezzard committed to Florida State in July, but he was the first player to de-commit from the Seminoles’ class in November when Fisher’s name began swirling in connection to the Texas A&M job. He took subsequent visits to Miami, Ole Miss and Oregon. The Hurricanes appear to be the team trending with him at this time.
Ole Miss 🔵🔴 & Miami 🙌🏾
— Marquez Ezzard (@Solid_Quez) January 17, 2018
4-star WR Antoine Green (Rockledge, Fla.) — choosing from Florida State, Georgia and North Carolina
Similar to his prep teammate Corbin, Antoine Green committed to the Seminoles early last summer. But he de-committed early in December shortly after Fisher left. Taggart was able to get him on campus for an official visit on the last weekend in December before the early signing period. However, Green took official visits to Georgia and North Carolina in January and the Tar Heels have built significant momentum with him. They appear to be the team to beat heading into the final days before National Signing Day.
— Antoine Green (@_yg_qualified) February 1, 2018
3-star S John Huggins (Daytona Beach, Fla.) — signed with Florida
John Huggins committed to Florida State in July, but backed off that pledge early in December. After he reopened his recruitment, he took visits to Missouri and Florida before electing to commit to the Gators. He signed with Florida in the early signing period.
— John Huggins (@jhuggins_23) December 17, 2017
3-star LB Rosendo Louis (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) — signed with South Carolina
Rosendo Louis famously committed to Florida State in August after throwing aside a Miami hat. He remained committed to the Seminoles through the coaching change and was visited by Taggart in December. However, on the last weekend before the early signing period, he took an official visit to South Carolina. That visit was enough for him to flip his commitment and sign with the Gamecocks a few days after returning home from that visit. Louis enrolled at South Carolina last month.
Will add at least one morehttps://t.co/vWws8Wkjrf
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 25, 2018
3-star DE Stacy Kirby (Orlando, Fla.) — signed with South Florida
Stacy Kirby committed to the Seminoles in February and he was one of a handful of commitments who remained firm through the transition from Fisher to Taggart. However, the two parties agreed to part ways in December. Kirby visited both UCF and USF in the middle of December before electing to sign with the Bulls in the early signing period.
Just A Kid From West Orlando🌴☀️🐂🤟🏾‼️ pic.twitter.com/1hQxgVazLc
— 6️⃣Stacy Kirby Jr👑 (@Stacy_Kxng) December 20, 2017
3-star RB Charles Strong (Lake Butler, Fla.) — choosing between Ole Miss and Texas A&M
Charles Strong committed to Florida State back in February 2016. But he reopened his recruitment in December shortly after Taggart was hired. His recruitment will come down to Ole Miss and Texas A&M with his decision expected on NSD.
— Charles strong (@Charles_strong2) February 2, 2018
3-star S Israel Mukuamu (Bossier City, La.) — signed with South Carolina
Israel Mukuamu was a camp standout for the Seminoles in June and he wound up committing to Florida State in July. However, even when he was committed, he took official visits to Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina. He de-committed in late November because of the coaching turmoil and took a subsequent official visit to Purdue. He wound up committing and signing with South Carolina in the early signing period and he’s already on campus as an early enrollee.
— Israel Mukuamu (@IsraelMukuamu) January 21, 2018
3-star DE Patrick Joyner (Homestead, Fla.) — signed with Miami
Patrick Joyner attended Florida State’s junior day in February and earned an offer from the Seminoles shortly after his visit. He committed to the Seminoles in April; however, hometown power Miami offered him a month later and he would be a fixture on the Hurricanes campus during the 2017 (five unofficial visits). He made his official visit to Florida State in October and the Seminoles fought to keep him, but he flipped his commitment early in December and signed with the Hurricanes in the early signing period.
Born and bred in Miami-Dade.
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 20, 2017