Florida State commitment Amari Gainer helps Willie Taggart recruit 5-star QB Justin Fields

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Even though new Florida State coach Willie Taggart has been slow to hire assistants to round out his staff, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had help in recruiting talent to Tallahassee.

In fact, the case can be made that his biggest assistance has come in the form of 4-star Tallahassee [Fla.] Chiles linebacker commit Amari Gainer.

Last Wednesday, Taggart was introduced as the Seminoles new coach replacing Jimbo Fisher.

After a whirlwind day, the first visit of Taggart’s career as the Seminoles boss landed him in Gainer’s living room.

When Taggart arrived for the visit with assistant coaches Lawrence Dawsey, Charles Kelly and Odell Haggins in tow, his first mission was to lock in Amari’s pledge.

He was able to do that, thanks in part to the fact that he had known Amari’s father Herb — who played receiver at Florida State from 1983-87 — when he was a kid growing up in Manatee County.

After they reminisced about old times, the conversation turned to recruiting. Herb recalls Taggart noted that he was trying to get in touch with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, but his efforts to that point had been unsuccessful.

‘I can do that in 2 seconds, coach,’ Herb recalls Amari telling Taggart.

Amari and the Georgia pledge are good friends having developed a relationship after meeting during the recruiting process and they still keep in touch. Within seconds, Amari called Fields via FaceTime and handed the phone to his future head coach, who spoke with him for a few minutes.

“After they finished talking, Coach Taggart looked at Amari and like, ‘man, I need to hire you,’” Herb explained. “Odell started laughing and said, ‘I told you that’s why we had to come here first!’”

But Fields is just the tip of the iceberg as far as Gainer’s recruiting efforts. Any new offer that is being handed out or any player that has any type of interest in the Seminoles, chances are Amari has communicated with them already.

A glimpse at his Twitter account could be an unofficial recruiting board for Taggart’s new staff when it is finally assembled.

For his part, Amari has accepted the task of being a player recruiter seriously, but it’s clear that his approach is more about having fun than pressuring his peers and good friends. He has a simple explanation for why he has willingly taken on the role of being an ambassador and a leader for the Seminoles 2018 class.

“I feel like I’m a pretty good player and I like to be surrounded by other good players so we can end up winning a national championship one day,” Amari said. “I know you can only do your job. Like if I got other great athletes like myself to come in with our class, I feel like we can really build something special. Just letting them know the dream and a lot of them are buying into it so I just want to have our class back up there to the top.”

Herb was initially surprised to see his son open up to that responsibility considering he was shy growing up.

“I remember when we could never get 2 or 3 words out of him,” Herb said with a laugh. “By him knowing the program and being familiar with the people over there, I think that helped him kind of take on that role.”

While Taggart may take some time to round out his coaching staff, it’s clear that he can rely on Gainer to help him pick up the slack of being short-handed for the time being.

Seminoles fans, stay tuned for an in-depth feature on Amari that will run next week as a part of our lead up to the early signing period.

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