Florida State recruiting: Top QB target makes it to campus for visit
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4-star QB Taisun Phommachanh visits Florida State
Florida State’s search to land a quarterback in the 2019 class got a boost Wednesday as coach Willie Taggart and his staff welcomed one of their top targets to campus.
On the first day of spring practice, the staff welcomed 4-star Bridgeport (Conn.) Avon Old Farms quarterback Taisun Phommachanh to Tallahassee for the first time.
— Taisun P⚡️🏈 (@tydollaz3) March 21, 2018
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound signal caller rates as the nation’s No. 3 dual-threat passer and the No. 110 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
As a junior, Phommachanh turned in an efficient campaign as he threw for 2,253 yards with 25 touchdowns and just a single interception. He added another 633 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.
The Seminoles offered him last month, and he’s surged as one the main priorities for Taggart and offensive coordinator Walt Bell — who had been previously recruiting Phommachanh when he was at Maryland.
— Noles247.com (@Noles247) March 21, 2018
Over the last few weeks, the top overall prospect from Connecticut has visited Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and UConn.
However, for the Seminoles to get him on campus unofficially and at this stage of his process, it signals they are a major player in his recruitment.
In addition to having a strong relationship he’s already developed with Bell, the Seminoles offer Phommachanh an enticing depth chart and a system that appears to mesh with his skill set.
While he has yet to state when a decision will come, the Seminoles have done everything up to this point to ensure they will be among his short list when he arrives at a conclusion to his process.
5-star cornerback commit also visits
Florida State’s 2019 recruiting class has five commitments and is rated No. 11 nationally, according to the 247Sports team rankings.
The jewel of the class is 5-star West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central corner Akeem Dent.
The 5-11, 176-pound in-state standout rates as the nation’s top corner and the No. 16 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
After committing to Miami earlier in the process, he pledged to Florida State last summer and has remained solid in that commitment through the coaching change from Jimbo Fisher to Taggart.
However, that hasn’t stopped programs such as Alabama, Florida, LSU and Miami from aggressively pursuing him.
With that in mind, getting Dent to return to campus was a primary initiative for Taggart and his staff in the spring.
According to Noles247’s Chris Nee, Dent returned to Tallahassee on Wednesday.
As Nee detailed, Dent’s older brother, Adarius Dent, is currently a freshman receiver for the Seminoles.
Although, getting him to return to Florida State is a good sign for retaining his commitment, it’s likely he will continue to at least listen to the other schools pursuing him.
Still, as long as Taggart and his staff continue to strengthen their bond with Dent, their chances of keeping him the fold are likely to increase.
Linebacker target wants to visit soon
Another priority position for the Seminoles in the 2019 cycle is linebacker.
Two weeks ago, Florida State offered 4-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson linebacker Kevin Harris.
The 6-4, 210-pound defender rates as the nation’s No. 9 outside linebacker and the No. 135 player overall in the 2019 cycle.
Recently, Harris announced a top 3 that included Alabama, Miami and LSU.
Top 3 😆 pic.twitter.com/iCndf6D6OD
— Kevin G. Harris II (@kevin_harris2) March 21, 2018
However, according to Noles247’s Josh Newberg, the Seminoles aren’t giving up on him in hopes of getting him on campus in the near future.
In fact, Harris told Newberg he is in the process of scheduling a visit to Florida State “this spring.”
As Newberg also detailed, Taggart has taken on the responsibility of recruiting Harris for the Seminoles.
While the staff may have come on a little later than the other schools Harris is considering, it appears as if he’s leaving the door open with an opportunity to develop a strong relationship over the coming weeks and months.
Another thing that could help the Seminoles’ pursuit of Harris is the fact they already hold a commitment from one of his prep teammates in 3-star defensive tackle Tru Thompson.
If they can get Harris to visit Tallahassee soon, there’s a chance Florida State can help Harris readjust his leaderboard in the near future.
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