Taggart's first 2 weeks at Florida St. focused on recruiting – The Philadelphia Tribune
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Willie Taggart’s recruiting priorities during his first two weeks as Florida State’s football coach haven’t been limited to high school seniors and the early signing period.
“I’ve been recruiting my tail off. Recruiting newcomers, recruiting our current guys, recruiting coaches. I’ve just been recruiting, recruiting, recruiting,” he said.
Taggart’s primary aim since being named coach on Dec. 6 has been trying to salvage a recruiting class that saw plenty of departures when Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M.
Taggart has been able to keep most of the players who have made verbal commitments along with adding one of the top defensive prospects in this year’s class.
The Seminoles have signed four players during the early signing period, including five-star safety Jaiden Woodbey. The Bellflower, California, native was not pursued by the previous coaching staff and did not receive an offer from FSU until last week. Woodbey, who is ranked 27th nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings, ended up choosing Florida State over Ohio State and USC.
“He was very, very excited that I reached out to him. He was so excited to get down here and see Tallahassee, see the university, and meet some of our people here,” Taggart said. “He just felt at home, and felt this was a place that he wanted to be.”
Even with Woodbey’s addition, Florida State is 44th in the 247Sports composite standings. It finished out of the top 10 just once during Fisher’s eight recruiting classes. The lowest the Seminoles have ever finished since the rankings began in 1999 was 20th in 2007.
Taggart says he is hoping to have an incoming class of 16 or 17 after the usual signing day in February.
Besides freshmen, Taggart has been trying to get to know his new team. He has attended