Florida State recruiting: Recapping early signing period for Seminoles
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Seminoles signed 7 players last week
Florida State coach Willie Taggart arrived in Tallahassee on Dec. 6 and had just two weeks to try to reassemble the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.
It was a tall task considering that 11 players had de-committed since mid-November.
Nonetheless, Taggart hit the ground running with a strategy that focused on locking down the team’s remaining commitments and trying to pull off a few surprises with other top targets.
Despite working with limited time and an incomplete staff, Taggart was able to salvage a nice haul that saw the Seminoles’ top commits put pen to paper and end their recruitments.
It also saw him pull off his first commitment in dramatic and memorable fashion.
Here’s a recap of the players that have already signed with Florida State in the 2018 cycle.
Willie Taggart and #FSU go into SoCal to snag 5-star former OhioState DB commit Jaiden Woodbey.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 21, 2017
Players listed in alphabetical order:
3-star Warner Robins [Ga.] tackle Christian Armstrong
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Armstrong committed to Florida State in June and remained firm throughout his process. He selected the Seminoles over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Penn State. Armstrong will be on campus next month as an early enrollee.
— WarnerRobinsFootball (@robinsfootball1) December 20, 2017
4-star Zephyrhills [Fla.] Wesley Chapel corner Isaiah Bolden
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Bolden initially committed to Florida State last summer. He flipped to Oregon in April, but reopened his recruitment after Taggart left Oregon for Florida State. Bolden scheduled his official visit last weekend and signed with the Seminoles over Oregon on Friday. He will enroll next summer.
— KING. (@isaiahbolden23) December 22, 2017
4-star Snellville [Ga.] South Gwinnett defensive tackle Robert Cooper
The 6-foot-2, 377-pound Cooper committed to Florida State last summer and remained firm in his commitment despite pushes from schools such as Alabama and Georgia. Cooper rates as the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle and the No. 94 player in the 2018 cycle per 247Sports. He will enroll next summer.
— 8️⃣🦍 (@trenchmonster8) December 20, 2017
4-star Tallahassee [Fla.] Chiles linebacker Amari Gainer
Gainer committed to Florida State in May and is the son of former Seminoles receiver Herb Gainer. He’s been the vocal leader of the class and helped recruit a number of other players to join him in Tallahassee. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 204-pound local product recorded 92 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior. He will be an early enrollee and take part in spring practice for the Seminoles.
Delivered 📝 pic.twitter.com/2R0GAkWRt7
— AMARI FERRARI 🏎💨 (@AmariGainer) December 20, 2017
4-star Upper Marlboro [Md.] Dr. Henry Wise cornerback Anthony Lytton
Lytton committed to Florida State in April. Schools such as Alabama and Georgia tried to get him to take an official visit, but Taggart was able to secure his pledge when he did his in-home visit with him earlier this month. The Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year inked with the Seminoles on Friday and will enroll in the summer.
MD ➡️ FL
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) December 22, 2017
4-star Fort Lauderdale [Fla.] St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Asante Samuel Jr.
Samuel committed to Florida State in April and withstood a heavy push from schools such as Miami, Ohio State and South Carolina. The Hurricanes, in particular, tried to get him to visit last weekend, but he opted to take his official visit to Tallahassee. He signed on Friday and will enroll in the summer.
— Asante Samuel Ⓜ️ (@godschild3_) December 22, 2017
5-star Fontana [Ca.] St. John Bosco safety Jaiden Woodbey
Perhaps the biggest shock of the recruiting cycle came when Woodbey selected Florida State over Ohio State — the school to which he had been committed to since February — and USC despite earning an offer from the Seminoles just eight days before he signed with them. However, he spoke often about how FSU was his dream school and his official visit last weekend was enough to reinforce that feeling. Woodbey is an early enrollee who will be on campus next month and take part in spring drills.
— ⚡️THOR ⚡️ (@JaidenWoodbey) December 21, 2017
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