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4-star Texas native reopens recruitment
Florida State’s 2019 recruiting class suffered a major blow Tuesday when 4-star Houston St. Pius X receiver Jalen Curry de-committed from the Seminoles.
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Curry ranks as the nation’s No. 13 receiver and the No. 73 player overall in the 2019 class per 247Sports. As a junior, he hauled in 121 receptions for 1,570 yards and 18 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lone Star State pass-catcher pledged to the Seminoles in July, but that was when Jimbo Fisher was in charge of the program.
With Fisher now at Texas A&M, it’s easy to connect the dots to see why people might believe Curry’s next stop will be College Station. His prep teammate and quarterback, 4-star passer Grant Gunnell, is currently committed to the Aggies.
Still, even before Fisher left Tallahassee, Curry had taken visits to other schools such as Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M.
With Curry reopening his recruitment, the Seminoles now have 5 commitments in the 2019 cycle and a class that ranks No. 5 nationally.
While his loss is one that will be felt, the 2019 cycle also represents the first full cycle for new coach Willie Taggart.
That means that new names are likely to emerge as targets for the Seminoles at receiver.
There’s still a long way to go for the 2019 class, so there is plenty of time to find ample reinforcements at receiver for Taggart and his staff once they turn their attention to the next cycle.
Seminoles offer 5-star safety, current Ohio State pledge
It’s safe to say there’s never a dull moment in recruiting.
Take the case of 5-star Bellflower [Calif.] St. John Bosco safety Jaiden Woodbey for example.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defender has been committed to Ohio State since February and is slated to be an early enrollee for the Buckeyes next month.
On Monday, he sent out a tweet proclaiming he will one day win the Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s top defensive back. A Florida State fan innocuously replied to his message that he would do wearing Garnet and Gold.
Woodbey shot back claiming that couldn’t happen because the Seminoles never offered him.
A few hours later, the Seminoles made it official by sending him an official offer.
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The saga made for good theater, and it shows that Taggart isn’t afraid to jump into the mix for a player as talented as Woodbey is. Ironically, Taggart had offered Woodbey in February when he was at Oregon.
Still, unless Woodbey has a drastic change of heart or schedules a visit to Florida State within the next week, it’s likely that this is where the story will end.
DE target locks in FSU official visit
Taggart is continuing to pound the pavement on the recruiting trail in hopes of rebuilding the Seminoles 2018 class.
Taggart has made a slew of visits since arriving in Tallahassee, and a few of them have yielded positive results thus far.
One such trip that falls into that category is the visit he paid to 4-star Seffner [Fla.] Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar.
According to Scout.com’s Corey Bender, the visit paid off in the form of Lamar scheduling an official visit to Florida State this weekend.
That is big news considering that Florida State has a major need at defensive end in this cycle—a need amplified after the Seminoles and former commit Stacy Kirby parted ways earlier in the week.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Lamar rates as the nation’s No. 10 strongside defensive end and the No. 268 player overall in the 2018 cycle per 247Sports.
While Lamar has yet to be offered by the Seminoles, that appears to be a formality at this point.
As Bender noted, Lamar also plans to visit Florida in January.
While he’s still committed to the Ducks, it’s clear that he is emerging as a priority for Taggart and his staff moving forward.
Top WR target taking official this weekend
Lamar’s prep teammate, 4-star receiver Warren Thompson, is another priority recruit that Taggart wants to bring to Tallahassee.
Thompson was committed to Oregon before reopening his recruitment last weekend.
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Taggart visited the one-time Oregon pledge, who rates as the nation’s No. 29 receiver and the No. 154 player overall in the 2018 cycle, on Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound playmaker reopened his recruitment last week, and according to Chris Nee of Noles247, the visit convinced Thompson to schedule his official visit to Florida State this coming weekend.
Prior to his commitment to the Ducks this summer, the Seminoles were believed to be one of the front-runners in his recruitment.
With Thompson back on the market and Florida State getting his first visit since the news broke, his recruitment appears to be trending toward him landing in Tallahassee when the dust settles.
Perhaps the biggest question is whether or not Thompson will take advantage of the early signing period and end his recruitment next week by inking with the school of his choice. If he were to do so, all signs point to Florida State being the school that would benefit most in that scenario.
Either way, getting Thompson on campus this weekend is a great sign for a class in desperate need of adding talent and depth to the receiver unit.
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