Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Florida State Seminole recruiting class.
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It’s really good. Some Florida State fans might have been expecting a whole lot more out of Willie Taggart, but be just about any reasonable measure, it’s a strong enough recruiting class to start winning very, very soon. At least that’s the hope.
Here’s the perception problem. Taggart is known for being able to recruit, but this isn’t a top five overall class. Again, it’s not a bad one, but it’s just not among the elite of the elite. Meanwhile, Jimbo Fisher’s class at Texas A&M is among the elite of the elite. So is Mario Cristobal’s class at Oregon.
So let’s get this out of the way … where are the quarterbacks? It’s been a rough run at the position lately at FSU, and some young ones need to be developed in a big hurry. Maybe Taggart is thinking the grad transfer market will help the cause, he hasn’t signed any passers over the last two years, and he just lost starter Deondre Francois.
No, really. The quarterback? An elite, five-star QB has to be Priority One for the 2020 class, and wide receiver needs to be addressed, too. Last year’s class was huge on pass catchers, but just one was signed this season. However, Maurice Goolsby is an outstanding talent.
The running back situation is a wee bit light, too. There wasn’t one signed last year, and Treshaun Ward from this year’s group isn’t a superstar prospect.
But enough about the skill guys. They don’t matter unless Taggart can do something to fix the glitch. He inherited a whole lot of talent from Fisher, but he also was given a hot mess of an offensive line issue. The class is outstanding, led by bulky guard prospect Dontae Lucas. There are plenty of options to play around with.
The school that produced Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James didn’t have a problem coming up with a few good amazing backs. Akeem Dent might just be the nation’s best corner recruit, and Brendan Gant and Nick Cross are good enough to start for anyone at safety. In all, six defensive backs were signed.
There were times back in the day under Bobby Bowden when Florida State absolutely owned National Signing Day. Taggart was strong last year on NSD, but this year there were just a few decent prospects trickling in. Considering the rise of Clemson and the status of the FSU program, it’s not okay to be an also-ran in the fight for top ten recruiting status.
Again, there’s a lot of nitpicking happening here, and the class will probably get panned a bit, but there’s not too much to get into a twist over … except for the star quarterback.