FSU coach Willie Taggart spoke about the early signing period class.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
The early signing period is over, but there’s still work to be done for Florida State.
The second round of recruiting begins in January and FSU coach Willie Taggart and his staff will have a month to finish filling their needs.
But what are those needs, and what did Taggart write to Santa for this holiday season?
FSU lost its only quarterback commit Sam Howell to North Carolina at the beginning of the early signing period. The Seminoles needed multiple quarterbacks this recruiting cycle and that hasn’t changed. FSU could also be in the market for a transfer quarterback on top of taking multiple high school quarterbacks.
Four-star John Rhys Plumlee and four-star Lance Legendre are two names to know as far as the high school recruits go. FSU has been recruiting Legendre for a while now and he was considered the primary target that FSU would go after in January. Plumlee is a Georgia commit that didn’t sign early and has been in contact with FSU.
Former Louisville quarterback — and brother of former FSU second baseman Devon Travis — Jordan Travis is an option for the Seminoles as a transfer. FSU could also make a run at Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts should he choose to transfer. FSU is also interested in former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields.
2. Offensive line help
FSU did a decent job during the early signing period with the offensive line. Four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas is FSU’s highest rated signee and three-star JUCO offensive tackle Jay Williams is expected to come in and compete for a starting job immediately. Both will be on campus in the spring.
The Seminoles also signed three-star offensive guard Maurice Smith, who is more of a developmental player as he adds weight. FSU did lose out on four-star guard Will Putnam, who was an early enrollee and one of the top offensive linemen in the 2019 class.
The Seminoles need to sign at least two more offensive tackles and at least one more guard in this class. Four-star guard Kamaar Bell recently picked up an offer and will likely official visit in January. Four-star JUCO guard Desmond Bland is also an option.
At tackle, FSU is interested in three-stars Dawand Jones and Darius Washington — though Washington doesn’t yet have an offer — as well as three-star JUCO offensive tackle Josh Cooper and JUCO offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort.
3. Sign the committed players
FSU signed 14 prospects during the early signing period, but five of its seven most highly-rated prospects didn’t sign. Four of those committed but not signed players are defensive backs.
Five-star cornerback Akeem Dent, four-star safety Nick Cross, four-star safety Brendan Gant, and four-star cornerback Travis Jay did not sign with the Seminoles, along with four-star defensive end Quashon Fuller.
Dent, Jay, and Fuller are all expected to take visits to other programs in January. Dent and Cross have both already taken their official visits to FSU.
All five players could have an immediate impact for the Seminoles in 2019 and FSU needs to keep every single one of them on board.
4. A play making wide receiver
FSU signed three-star wide receiver Maurice Goolsby and would be fine not taking another if the Seminoles can’t land the right one. They signed five receivers last recruiting cycle and have a talented group of receivers coming back.
FSU has been after Auburn four-star wide receiver commit George Pickens for a while now and he’s the primary target left on the board. Pickens didn’t sign early and FSU will push to get an official visit in January. Alabama is also after Pickens.
If the Seminoles don’t land Pickens they could be done at the position, but four-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson — a former Oklahoma commit — will be taking an official visit to FSU at the end of January.
5. Another linebacker
FSU brought in a stellar linebacker class during the early signing period with four-stars Jaleel McRae and Kalen DeLoach and three-star Kevon Glenn. McRae is enrolling early.
It was a position of need for FSU and it hit on three talented players. The Seminoles would like to bring in at least one more linebacker this cycle, assuming its the right fit.
Tennessee four-star JUCO linebacker commit Lakia Henry took an unofficial visit to FSU the final weekend before the early signing period and could be back for an official visit in January.