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Can Seminoles land Trey Hill?
One of the first uncommitted targets to receive a visit from new Florida State coach Willie Taggart was 4-star Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County offensive lineman Trey Hill.
Taggart saw Hill, who rates as the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard and the No. 38 player overall in the 2018 cycle, on Thursday.
One day later, the 6-foot-3.5, 346-pound Peach State big man revealed his top 4 schools and also announced that he will commit Monday.
First off I will like to thank GOD for giving me this opportunity to play football and futher my education at the next level.I would like to thank all the coaches that has recruited me sense 10th grade. It’s been amazing . Commitment Dec.11th! It’s Go Time! pic.twitter.com/ehxr4VCSGW
— Trey Hill (@hilldeontrey) December 8, 2017
Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia are the finalists for the U.S. Army All-American.
Whichever school he picks will get the added benefit of earning his signature next week during the early-signing period and having him on campus for spring ball.
The Seminoles have two offensive linemen committed in the current cycle, and Hill would represent a massive get if Taggart could land his commitment.
However, it appears this might be a case of too little, too late with Hill. Auburn and Georgia appear to be the two teams that have the best chance of landing one of the premier offensive linemen in the 2018 cycle.
If Hill heads elsewhere, offensive line is a position that the board could expand in the coming weeks.
Willie Taggart visits DT commit, solidifies pledge
One player who has been quiet with respect to his recruitment has been 4-star Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett defensive tackle Robert Cooper.
The 6-foot-2, 377-pound Peach State product has been committed to Florida State since June 2016, but the uncertainty surrounding the Seminoles’ previous coaching staff had suitors such as Alabama and Georgia emerge as serious threats to lure him from Tallahassee.
Throughout the process, Cooper has been quiet about his plans on taking visits, but he never backed out of his commitment.
With Taggart in place at Florida State, Cooper got a visit from the new coach during the weekend, and the trip proved to be a fruitful one.
— 5️⃣6️⃣🦍 (@trenchmonster8) December 10, 2017
Cooper tweeted about the visit from Taggart and current Seminoles interim coach and longtime defensive line coach Odell Haggins and seemed to indicate that he was firm with his pledge.
Furthermore, as Chris Nee of Noles247 reported, Cooper — who has not been on campus since the Seminoles spring game in April — is expected to take his official visit to Florida State next weekend.
Getting Cooper, who rates as the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle and the No. 94 player overall, to stabilize his commitment is a major win for Taggart and the Seminoles.
That means four of the Seminoles’ top 6 commits in the 2018 class are firmly in place and can serve as building blocks to help the new staff build out the rest of the class. It’s a calculated strategy by Taggart that seems to be paying dividends early.
Seminoles offer former Oregon commit
Similar to the fallout when Jimbo Fisher left Florida State for Texas A&M, Oregon’s 2018 class had a few departures when Taggart bolted Eugene for Tallahassee.
One player who backed out of his pledge to the Ducks was 4-star Seattle Garfield athlete Tre’Shaun Harrison.
Blessed To Recieve An Offer From Florida State University pic.twitter.com/D0kPShTzaA
— Tre'Shaun Harrison (@Treshaunn__) December 8, 2017
Taggart offered the former Oregon pledge last weekend.
Harrison is rated the nation’s No. 6 athlete and the No. 151 player overall in the 2018 cycle. The 6-2, 190-pound two-way standout could play receiver or defensive back in college.
The bigger need for Florida State is at receiver, but Harrison’s versatility is something that makes him an appealing prospect for any school.
Harrison primarily played on offense as a senior and put up gaudy numbers in the process. According to MaxPreps, Harrison hauled in 55 receptions for 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns in 9 games this season.
He has the type of size and speed to pose mismatch problems in space for defenders at the next level.
With a Seminoles offer in hand, will Harrison take the next step and schedule a visit to Tallahassee in the near future?
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