Florida Point out soccer coach Willie Taggart is obtaining accomplishment late in the recruiting course of action at West Florida Higher College.

3-star offensive line prospect Darius Washington signed with the Florida Point out Seminoles on Wednesday in a National Signing Day ceremony at West Florida Higher College.

It’s the second consecutive year the Jaguars will deliver a soccer participant to Florida Point out immediately after the Seminoles created a late swoop for unsigned wide receiver Keyshawn Helton.

Washington amassed 30 total offers in his recruiting course of action and experienced been a extensive-time commit to the Mississippi Point out Bulldogs right before decommitting on Sunday.

It was the similar day Washington mentioned he talked to Helton about his encounter at FSU and resolved the Seminoles have been appropriate for him.

“I texted Keyshawn and requested him a bunch of inquiries,” Washington mentioned. “That just definitely transformed my mind and my heart so which is why we’re right here.

“With Mississippi Point out, I cherished the coaching team, but with FSU it just felt different. It felt different all close to with the coaching and players.”

Outlined at 6-foot-4, 285 kilos, Washington also obtained a late push from 1st-year Miami head coach Manny Diaz and offensive line coach Butch Barry on Jan. 23.

“Coach Taggart did an excellent work recruiting him and flipping him right here at the conclude,” West Florida head coach Rhett Summerford mentioned. “I thought Darius taken care of it definitely, definitely very well.”

Washington was relieved at the conclude of his recruiting course of action, just one which he mentioned was not usually a straight path as he labored to repair his academic problem early in his significant college profession. The subsequent action will be working toward discover participating in time on a Florida Point out offensive lineman in require of reinforcements.

“My course of action definitely commenced at the beginning of my junior year,” Washington mentioned. “…It’s just been an up-and-down course of action to make certain I get my grades again appropriate. I just have to continue to perform difficult because God has a strategy for every person.”

“My freshman year is coming up so it’s time to work… I know it’s not heading to be handed to me. I require to go in and perform. My intention is to arrive in and start,” Washington mentioned.  

Washington was just one of 6 signees for West Florida on Wednesday afternoon, including four to Division I schools.

Linebacker Antarrius Moultrie (Florida Atlantic) and defensive again Amir McDaniel (Louisiana) signed in the early signing interval while athlete Keyshawn Swanson signed with Akron on Thursday.

Other signees included wide receiver Keion Burrell to North Dakota Neighborhood School and defensive lineman LD Nelson to NCAA Division II Carson-Newman.

“I’m definitely proud of what they’ve accomplished the very last four years,” “Not just this year. They’re 33-8. Four district championships. You simply cannot inquire for any extra from a group of children. I’m definitely fired up about the foreseeable future, too.”

“…Six signees. The children can enjoy. If children arrive to West Florida and they perform difficult, just about anything is achievable.”

Eric J. Wallace can be attained at [email protected] or 850-525-5087.