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Florida State coach Willie Taggart inherited a talented defensive tackle commitment in 2019 3-star Tru Thompson from the previous staff.

Florida State recruiting: Tru Thompson’s longstanding commitment big plus for Seminoles

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Longtime DL pledge gives Seminoles a stout presence up front

If there’s one position that has remained consistent for Florida State over the last couple of decades, it’s defensive tackle.

Former Seminoles great Odell Haggins, a longtime Florida State assistant, has had his D-linemen thriving under his tutelage.

It was no surprise that Haggins was the lone holdover from former coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff that was kept by new Seminoles coach Willie Taggart.

One player who has been committed to the Seminoles for more than a year is 3-star Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive tackle Tru Thompson.

Last year, Thompson had three prep teammates who also were committed to Florida State.

Yet, despite the coaching change and his teammates exploring other options, Thompson has remained firm in his commitment.

In the newest edition of our series breaking down Florida State’s current commitments, we look back at Thompson’s recruitment and evaluate what Thompson means for the Seminoles.

Commit date: March 3, 2017

Position/overall ranking: No. 38 defensive tackle, No. 560 player overall

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 338 pounds

Other schools considered: Florida, Louisville, LSU, Miami and Michigan State

Recruitment overview

Florida State was the first school to offer Thompson in the summer of 2015. He earned the offer after participating in a camp under Haggins’ watchful eye.

That visit seemingly put the Seminoles in great shape with him, but he would do his due diligence to check out other programs.

He went on to take unofficial visits to programs such as Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Over the next two years, he made multiple return visits to Tallahassee.

A couple of weeks after visiting Florida State for a junior day in February 2017, Thompson announced his commitment to the Seminoles.

With Haggins remaining on the staff, he’s remained firm in that pledge through the coaching change.

Impact of commitment for Florida State

Florida State loses three defensive tackles to graduation after the 2018 season, which means the Seminoles need to add a few talented big bodies in this class.

Although Thompson doesn’t have the prototypical size that most defensive tackles on the Seminoles roster have, he does possess the power and strength to be a force against the run.

Additionally, he can use his lack of height as an advantage in gaining leverage to get under the blocks of taller offensive linemen he faces.

Having a prospect such as Thompson who can penetrate the backfield is a good building block to start off the Seminoles’ interior line class in this cycle.

Current recruitment status: Solid commitment

As noted above, Thompson has remained solid with his pledge through the coaching transition from Fisher to Taggart.

He has yet to take visits to other schools and he appears set on enrolling at Florida State next year.

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