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Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff will have to fight to hold onto the pledge of 4-star defensive end Quashon Fuller.

Florida State recruiting: What’s going on with DE Quashon Fuller

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Seminoles will have to work to hold onto longtime pledge

From a recruiting standpoint, Florida State coach Willie Taggart inherited a mess when he took over the Seminoles program in December.

The last weeks and months of predecessor Jimbo Fisher’s tenure was marred by turmoil and a lack of clarity for recruits interested in the Seminoles program.

Taggart put his immediate focus on rebuilding the Seminoles 2018 class, and he did a remarkable job putting together a class that finished ranked No. 11 nationally in the 247Sports team rankings.

Taggart also had to begin working on building a 2019 class that is expected to be among the nation’s elite. He inherited four pledges that had committed to the previous staff.

Included in that group was 4-star Lehigh Acres (Fla.) defensive end Quashon Fuller.

The in-state standout has been committed to the Seminoles since Feb. 2017, but the coaching change sparked his desire to explore his options. He has been among the more active commits taking visits to other schools.

In the latest edition in our series breaking down Florida State’s current commitments, we delve into Fuller’s recruitment, his chances of remaining in the Seminoles class and what he brings to the table as a prospect.

Commit date: Feb. 27, 2017

Position/overall ranking: No. 20 strong side defensive end, No. 254 player overall

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3 ½, 277 pounds

Other schools considered: Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Miami and Tennessee

Recruitment Overview

Even though he has been on the Seminoles commit list for 16 months, Fuller’s recruitment has been all over the place during the spring.

He has taken unofficial visits to Auburn, Georgia and Miami. He has been in Athens to visit the Bulldogs twice, including last weekend.

He has visited Florida State twice since February. As Noles247’s Chris Nee detailed, Fuller’s visit in May brought  clarity from the coaching staff about his status with the Seminoles and their plans for him moving forward.

However, shortly after the visit, Fuller dropped a top 10 list on Twitter and with that, let it be known that he plans to keep his options open for the time being.

Impact of commitment for FSU

Stockpiling athletic and versatile bodies on the defensive line is never a bad thing, and Florida State has two ends pledged: Fuller and fellow in-state 4-star defensive end Mike Morris (West Palm Beach, Fla., American Heritage).

Assuming Fuller sticks with his pledge, he would fit into the Seminoles defense as a strongside defensive end tasked with setting the edge against the run and providing pass-rushing help in passing situations.

One thing to monitor with Fuller is his size. If he keeps growing, sliding inside to play tackle is a possibility. In fact, he could offer more value to the Seminoles because of his ability to fit at multiple positions.

If he sticks to playing defensive end, he might benefit from shedding a few pounds to maintain his speed and quickness.

Regardless, there are some variables in play with Fuller in addition to the status of his commitment.

Current recruitment status: Soft commitment.

Anytime a recruit drops a top 10 list while being committed to another school, it’s hard to categorize him as being solid with his pledge.

Still, it’s important to note Fuller maintains he is committed whenever he has been asked about his status.

At some point in the near future, the staff will likely want to clarify Fuller’s status in order to set the remaining defensive end board. That process has already begun as the Seminoles have continued to pursue a number of targets at the position.

Fuller figures to be a prospect worth monitoring until he arrives at a final conclusion in his recruitment.

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