Have Florida State football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Friday for the Florida State DieHards recruiting mailbag to discuss Seminoles recruiting. This week, we discuss …. where things stand with potential commitments, especially at defensive end.
First up, we have one of two questions from Brandon Jenkins via our Facebook live chat on Wednesday night.
Brandon asked about 4-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood receiver and current Oregon commit Warren Thompson. I’ll admit, Brandon, this one confuses me, too.
Thompson grew up a Florida State fan and comes out in a cycle where the Seminoles badly need wide receivers. He made a handful of visits to Tallahassee, but after a summer visit to Oregon, things changed enough for him to give coach Willie Taggart and the Ducks a verbal commitment.
However, Thompson has been back to Florida State since then. He visited for the Seminoles summer camp in July but has yet to make it back to campus. He canceled plans to visit for the Miami game and days later stated that he was 100 percent firm to the Ducks via his Twitter account.
100% committed if it was any confusion pic.twitter.com/AXWA8qMO2o
— HOLLYWOOD (@pagnotti5) October 14, 2017
Still, I believe this one isn’t quite over in that I don’t expect the Seminoles to give up that easily. Before his commitment to Oregon, Florida State was the favorite in his recruitment and there are still relationships there with the staff that have been built and it could be tough for Thompson to completely shut the door as his process nears its conclusion.
Combine that with the glaring need that Florida State has at receiver and that’s why I think they will fight until his process end. However, the Ducks appear to be holding off the Seminoles for now.
What’s the crystal ball say on cooper?
— Mr D (@1dayattatime1) October 15, 2017
This one comes from Twitter from @1dayattatime1 on 4-star defensive tackle and current Florida State pledge Robert Cooper, who visited Georgia last week.
Aside from a flip pick for Georgia in January, there’s been no new movement on Cooper’s 247Sports crystal ball page.
However, that doesn’t mean that the door is completely closed on his recruitment.
The Bulldogs appear to be a team firmly in the mix with Cooper, but Alabama — which has been aggressively recruiting Cooper since he committed to the Seminoles last summer — may be the bigger threat.
Cooper plans to take an official visit to Alabama at some point in the coming weeks or months. Florida State is also likely to get one as well. I believe Cooper will stick, but it’s not a certainty. There’s work left to do in his recruitment.
Brandon asked about the Seminoles’ options at quarterback in the 2018 cycle. The more I think about it, the more I do believe it would be optimal for Florida State to take a quarterback in this class.
If the season-ending injury to Deondre Francois and the attrition that saw talented passers such as De’Andre Johnson and Malik Henry leave the program proved anything, it’s that depth is necessary — especially at the most important position on the field.
After putting all of their eggs in the Justin Fields basket and watching him pledge to Georgia earlier this month, the question now becomes: Who could it be?
All seven of the passers Jimbo Fisher has offered in this class are committed. So Florida State has to either flip one of them or offer someone new.
The latter option would probably be easier, but the former scenario is likely what Fisher and his staff prefer.
I believe the next few weeks will be very interesting with regards to movement at the quarterback position for Florida State.
The question becomes whether it’s with 2018 prospects or 2019 prospects.
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