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RB commit Charles Strong reopens recruitment
Florida State’s 2018 class is now in the single digits in terms of commitments as 3-star Lake Butler [Fla.] Union County running back Charles Strong became the latest player to reopen his recruitment.
My recruitment is back on pic.twitter.com/rIoYlfZ5a3
— Charles strong (@Charles_strong2) December 14, 2017
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back had been committed to the Seminoles since February 2016. He rates as the nation’s No. 27 running back and the No. 588 player overall in the 2018 cycle, per 247Sports.
As a senior, Strong rushed for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.
Strong is scheduled to visit Louisville this weekend. Earlier this year, he took visits to Auburn and Ole Miss. The Rebels could also figure into the mix with Strong now that he’s back on the market.
For the Seminoles, they now have 9 commitments and a class rated No. 48 nationally and No. 10 in the ACC.
Running back is a position that Florida State has depth at currently, but it’s unclear if new coach Willie Taggart and his staff will pursue other options at that position moving forward.
Telly Lockette joins Seminoles staff
Taggart has made the first hire to his coaching staff at Florida State.
David Visser and Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation reported that Taggart has added Telly Lockette to the program. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that Lockette will be the tight ends coach for the Seminoles.
Lockette got his start in college when he hired by South Florida from 2012-14 serving as the Bulls running backs coach. He got to work with Taggart over the last two years of that period after he took over the program coming from Western Kentucky.
Lockette has spent the last three seasons in the same post at Oregon State.
SOURCE: Telly Lockette will be #FSU's new tight ends coach. Former Miami HS coach also figures to be a big force as a recruiter for the Noles.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 13, 2017
From a recruiting standpoint, the addition of Lockette makes sense considering his ties to the South Florida area.
Prior to joining the Bulls staff, Lockette was the head coach at Miami Central High School from 2008-12. He won two class 6A state titles leading the Rockets program and coached future Seminoles standouts in Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook.
Prior to Central, he was the offensive coordinator at Miami Northwestern High School from 2003-06 where the Bulls also captured a state title in during his tenure in 2006.
That experience in Miami and his subsequent experience working with Taggart makes him an intriguing fit with the Seminoles moving forward.
At the very least, Lockette figures to give the Seminoles a much-needed presence in Dade and Broward counties.
CB commit schedules official visit this weekend
This weekend is setting up to be a major weekend for Florida State’s 2018 recruiting class.
One important piece to the puzzle is 4-star Fort Lauderdale [Fla.] St. Thomas Aquinas corner Asante Samuel Jr.
Taggart made his way to South Florida on Wednesday and stopped in to see the nation’s No. 9 corner and the No. 56 player overall in the 2018 class.
— Asante Samuel Ⓜ️ (@godschild3_) December 13, 2017
According to Chris Nee of Noles247, the visit went well enough that Samuel scheduled an official visit to Tallahassee this weekend.
The move comes as Miami was making a push to get him on its campus this weekend, as detailed by Peter Ariz of CanesInsight.
The 5-foot-9.5, 166-pound defensive back committed to the Seminoles in April, but he took an official visit to South Carolina in October and an unofficial to nearby Miami last month when the Hurricanes hosted Notre Dame.
Four-star CB Asante Samuel, Jr. is on Miami’s recruiting radar down the stretch. An official visit could even be in the works: https://t.co/6Y4Yfpamgn
— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) December 12, 2017
As Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts reported earlier this month, Samuel noted that a visit to Ohio State could come in January.
However, it appears as if Taggart and his staff could move to push Samuel to firm up his commitment after this weekend’s visit.
Seminoles looking to regain traction with former commits Jashaun Corbin, Antoine Green
Two players who backed off their pledges in the transition period from Jimbo Fisher to Taggart were in-state prep teammates in 4-star all-purpose back Jashaun Corbin and 3-star receiver Antoine Green.
The skill players from Rockledge High School in Southwest Brevard County both backed off the their commitments a few days ahead of when Taggart was hired.
Shout out to FSU Head Coach Willie Taggart for visiting the ROCK last night! pic.twitter.com/c5df8FJ0iO
— Rockledge High (@rockledgehigh) December 13, 2017
Taggart paid both players a visit on Tuesday evening and it appears as if he will make every effort to get both players back into the fold.
Corbin rates as the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose back and the No. 246 player overall in the 2018 cycle.
Over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons, Corbin rushed for combined totals of 2,887 yards and 33 touchdowns while adding and 964 yards and 11 touchdowns as a receiver, according to MaxPreps.
Corbin has taken one official visit already, which came to Oregon when Taggart was still leading the Ducks program last month. He is scheduled visit TCU this weekend and USC in January.
Meanwhile, Green rates as the nation’s No. 65 receiver and the No. 379 player overall in the 2018 cycle per 247Sports.
— Antoine Green (@_yg_qualified) December 13, 2017
Green recently picked up an offer from Florida’s new staff and appears to be a big target for the Gators. Ole Miss is another school in the picture, but he has yet to finalize any visit plans.
With receiver being a big need for Florida State in this cycle, Green’s importance to the class could grow if Taggart identifies him as a priority target.
It will be interesting to see if or when Corbin and Green make their way back to Tallahassee for a visit.
CB commit earns prestigious honors
It’s hard to top 2017 for 4-star Upper Marlboro [Md.] Dr. Henry Wise corner Anthony Lytton.
The 5-10, 173-pound defender committed to Florida State, his dream school, in April.
He followed that up helping lead Wise to an unbeaten 14-0 season capped off with a 4A state title win over Quince Orchard.
In the process, Lytton—who played receiver and corner this season for the Pumas—caught 34 passes for 523 yards and 7 touchdowns on offense while adding 32 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles on defense. He also added 2 rushing touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score.
For his efforts, Lytton was recognized as the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year for 2017-18.
— Hudl (@Hudl) December 11, 2017
Additionally, he was named Washington Post’s 2017 All-Met Defensive Player of the Year, as detailed by Dillon Mullan of the Washington Post.
Lytton ranks as the nation’s No. 8 corner and the No. 52 player overall in the 2018 class per 247Sports.
He took his official visit to Florida State in October when the Seminoles hosted Louisville. While he did schedule visits to Alabama and Georgia in the period when the Seminoles were going through the transition from Jimbo Fisher to Willie Taggart, he still appears to be firm with his commitment.
According to Scout.com’s Brian Dohn, Lytton will host Taggart for an in-home visit later this week.
It’s unclear if he still plans to take his previously scheduled visits.
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