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Nation’s top RB remains in contact with Seminoles staff
Florida State has been among the nation’s premier running back factories in recent years.
Former coach Jimbo Fisher had an assembly line that featured current NFL standouts such as Chris Thompson, Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook piling up yards, accolades and touchdowns in Tallahassee over the course of their careers.
New Seminoles coach Willie Taggart will inherit one of the nation’s top young rushers, sophomore Cam Akers, but he and his staff also have an eye on the future.
One player who is perhaps the primary option for the Seminoles at the position in the 2019 class is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Trey Sanders.
The 5-11½, 216-pound standout rates as the top rusher and the No. 6 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Sanders, a former Alabama commitment, is involved with the Crimson Tide as well as programs such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Miami. However, Taggart and the Seminoles have been trying to get him on campus since he arrived in Tallahassee back in December.
According to InsideTheU’s Andrew Ivins (via Noles247’s Josh Newberg), that visit could occur soon.
Sanders is tentatively planning to check out the Seminoles when he returns to his hometown of Port Saint Joe, Fla., which is about 100 miles from Tallahassee, for spring break.
Miami has gotten him on campus twice over the last month, and they could be the team that is trending with him. The Seminoles are hoping to reverse that trend by getting him on their campus and continuing to strengthen the bond he has with the new staff.
This recruitment could be shaping up to be another showdown between the in-state rivals.
5-star ATH ‘serious’ about Seminoles
Taggart’s ties to the West Coast were something that paid dividends for the Seminoles in the 2018 cycle.
Those relationships could prove to be fruitful in future classes if he continues to mine those bonds and get talented prospects who reside in states within the Pac-12 footprint to visit Florida State.
One player in the 2019 cycle that seemingly every school in the country would want is 5-star Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei athlete Bru McCoy.
The 6-3, 215-pound standout, who could play either receiver or linebacker at the next level, rates as the nation’s No. 1 athlete and the No. 8 player overall in the 2019 class.
As a junior, McCoy caught 46 passes for 770 yards while recording 23 tackles with 3 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks on defense.
He has more than 20 offers to his credit, so he will have a task in cutting his list of suitors in the future. But according to Greg Biggins of 247Sports, McCoy admits he’s already started thinking about schools he feels comfortable with at this stage of his process.
While he’s yet to officially narrow things down, he mentioned a handful of schools to Biggins that he considers as realistic options. Florida State is among that group, and he even noted the Seminoles are a “serious” contender because of Taggart’s presence in Tallahassee.
With that in mind, it’s likely Taggart and the staff will push to get him on campus in the near future. If he follows through with a visit, the Seminoles could emerge as a major contender in his recruitment.
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