Willie Taggart addressed FSU fans during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Loyola. Wayne McGahee III/Democrat

FSU coach Willie Taggart meeting with linebacker commit Amari Gainer.(Photo: Amari Gainer)

It took less than 12 hours from the moment that Willie Taggart was introduced as Florida State’s head coach for him to make his first recruiting visit.

Taggart went to see four-star linebacker Amari Gainer for an in-home visit on Wednesday night. Gainer is the key piece to FSU’s recruiting class because he has built relationships with a number of the top players in the country and the other FSU commits.

“It’s tough because, again, you’ve got to start back over to building relationships, and the young men want to know who’s going to coach the football team,” Taggart said. 

“So a short amount of time, which is going to cause a lot of mileage… I’m going to try to get out and see all of our guys that’s committed to us and share my vision and philosophy here, and it’s hopefully something that they want to be a part of as well.”

Taggart has already firmed up the commitment of Gainer — he was originally scheduled to take visits to Texas and Louisville, but will no longer do so — and he will early enroll at FSU.

On Thursday, Taggart is expected to visit more of FSU’s commits including four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, four-star guard Christian Meadows, and three-star offensive tackle Christian Armstrong in Georgia.

Taggart is known as a relentless recruiter, but with the first early signing period in modern college football history coming up from Dec. 20-22, Taggart has his work cut out for him to build the class

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