Florida State recruiting: Seminoles offer Tennessee QB commitment

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Florida State’s quarterback recruiting has been in limbo for most of the 2018 cycle.

At first, the Seminoles were all in chasing after 5-star Justin Fields — who subsequently committed to Georgia.

Since then, aside from a little movement with 4-star James Foster — the only other passer to receive an offer from the Seminoles since Fields was offered in the spring — things have been relatively quiet.

However, with the departure of Jimbo Fisher and the arrival of Willie Taggart, things appear as if they are about to pickup on that front.

On Sunday, Taggart and the Seminoles jumped into the mix for 3-star Tampa Bay [Fla.] Tech passer Michael Penix.

The 6-foot-1.5, 182-pound Sunshine State standout rates as the nation’s No. 20 pro-style quarterback and the No. 531 player overall in the 2018 cycle.

He has been committed to Tennessee since April. However, similar to the situation in Tallahassee, the Vols also underwent a coaching change having hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to replace Butch Jones.

The timing of the offer is interesting considering that Penix is scheduled to be an early enrollee and sign in the early signing period later this month.

Still, there are two things to note with the offer to Penix.

First, Oregon offered him back in February — which signals that Taggart was interested in his abilities as a prospect early in his recruitment.

Also, Penix is not a stranger to Florida State’s campus having camped with the Seminoles last year and visited for a junior day earlier this year.

Penix had a strong career for Tampa Bay Tech as the Titans starter over the last two seasons. He went 20-4 as a starter while compiling some impressive stats along the way.

According to MaxPreps, Penix threw for 4,243 yards with 61 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions over the last two years. He added another 649 yards and 16 scores on the ground over the same span.

That type of versatility makes Penix an intriguing fit in Taggart’s high-octane, tempo offense.

Still, despite the potential draws he may have to Taggart and Florida State, it remains to be seen whether or not this offer will change things in Penix’s recruitment.

 

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