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With Florida State’s offseason strength and conditioning program wrapped up, the Seminoles are now preparing for spring practice — which begins March 21.
Coach Willie Taggart and his staff held a junior day in February, but they have yet to have a big weekend filled with recruits visiting campus since.
That should change in the coming weeks beginning with this weekend.
Florida State has four commitments in the 2019 cycle, and the Seminoles figure to be active on the recruiting trail over the next few weeks and months.
Which players are visiting this weekend and what is the status of their recruitments entering this trip?
Let’s take a look as we break down a few of the visitors for this weekend.
The receiver position is one that Florida State wants to continue to rebuild and replenish with talent and depth.
One name that could be high on the wish list of Taggart and his staff is 4-star Nashville (Tenn.) Franklin Road Academy receiver Lance Wilhoite.
The 6-foot-2 ½, 180-pound playmaker rates as the nation’s No. 15 receiver and the No. 82 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He represents the top overall prospect from the state of Tennessee in his class.
As a junior, Wilhoite hauled in 67 receptions for 1,067 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The fact he is making an unofficial visit to Florida State this early in the process is a sign of his level of interest in the Seminoles program.
Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, Ohio State and Tennessee are some of the other programs involved with Wilhoite at this stage of his recruitment.
However, if his trip to Tallahassee goes well, the Seminoles could emerge as a threat to land him.
In November, 2020 Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson receiver Donnovan Moorer announced his commitment to Oregon citing his bond with then-Ducks coach Willie Taggart and his staff as a big part of the reason for his pledge.
Shortly after Taggart relocated to Tallahassee, Moorer picked up an offer from the Seminoles.
Moorer will get the chance to reconnect with Taggart and receivers coach David Kelly this weekend and it’s something he’s looking forward to.
“It’ll be my first time since they offered, so I’m excited to see all the facilities and catch up with Coach Kelly,” Moorer told Florida State DieHards.
Moorer especially has a strong bond with Kelly, and he was excited to see he will be returning to the field in a coaching capacity after spending time in off-field roles at his previous stops at Oregon and USF.
“He’s my main recruiter. He had a big impact on me committing to Oregon and was a big help during the process,” Moorer explained. “He’s a really cool guy who I’ve had conversations with week to week. When I heard he got the job [at Florida State], I was excited and immediately had a conversation with him. Out of all of the coaches recruiting me currently, I would definitely say he is my favorite.”
Moorer noted he has a visit to Florida planned for next week and is trying to make arrangements to get to Oregon for the Ducks spring game.
However, with his ties to the Florida State staff, his upcoming visit has the potential to shift the dynamics in his recruitment.
The 6-2, 210-pound Wilkins is an outside linebacker with more than 20 offers to his credit. Schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State are among his early offers.
The Seminoles have yet to tender him, but that could change on this weekend’s visit. The Seminoles have a need for linebackers in this class and Wilkins has the type of athleticism and versatility necessary to be a force in the middle.
Friday is a 5-11, 172-pound running back whom the Seminoles offered in January. He was briefly committed to Tennessee at one point early in the process before reopening his recruitment.
Taggart and his staff were involved with Friday back when they were at Oregon.
Getting him on campus this weekend could be a positive development for the Seminoles in terms of rebuilding those relationships.
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