When Willie Taggart departed Oregon for Florida State, there figured to be ripples felt from that decision on the recruiting trail for both schools.
The Ducks have had a few decommitments go down since Taggart bolted Eugene, but the latest one could have a direct effect for his new school.
The Ducks suffered a major hit when 4-star Seffner [Fla.] Armwood receiver Warren Thompson backed his commitment and reopened his recruitment on Saturday.
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— ST.HOLLYWOOD (@pagnotti5) December 9, 2017
The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Thompson, who ranks as the nation’s No. 29 receiver and the No. 155 player overall in the 2018 cycle, committed to Oregon in June over Florida State and North Carolina.
However, that commitment came as a shock considering the Seminoles were his childhood favorite, as detailed by Scout.com’s Corey Bender.
Now that he’s back on the market, Tallahassee appears to be the most logical destination for him for a few reasons.
It doesn’t hurt that Taggart is now at Florida State. There’s an obvious connection there since he was willing to go play for him 3,000 miles away from his home town. Now that Taggart is in his home state at a school that he grew up cheering for, it makes sense that the Seminoles would be very appealing from that standpoint.
Additionally, Taggart’s offense fits a player like Thompson perfectly considering his skill set. He’s an elusive and explosive athlete in space. Taggart’s offense thrives on finding mismatches on the perimeter.
Finally, Florida State has a real need for receivers in this cycle. Currently, the Seminoles only have one player — 4-star Daytona Beach [Fla.] Mainland standout D’Marcus Adams — committed at receiver in their 2018 class. They could sign as many as five receivers by the time the current cycle ends.
All of these factors are why Thompson is one of the top priorities for Taggart and his staff in the early stages of his tenure.
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