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A 36-player checklist for Willie Taggart and FSU’s 2019 recruiting class

Willie Taggart

Florida State finished strong on the recruiting trail in 2018, and now fans want to see that same magic created in Tallahassee that was present in Oregon, which at one time boasted the top-ranked class in 2018.

National Signing Day was last week, but the next one is right around the corner and work already is being done on the trail. FSU already has four commitments, including three from in-state players.

There are numerous recruiting services and plenty of players to look at. But my thought is “simplicity,” so I’ve put together the “Big Game 36” list. The list will be fluid and updated, but for now, here are 36 prospects FSU fans should watch for in 2019. If FSU lands 25 of these guys, it’s a top-five class, easy.

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Things change in recruiting and I’m just now getting adjusted to the 2019 board, so this current list is a combination of what I feel FSU needs, the players I’ve heard they are after and, frankly, guys I think are “war daddies and bad asses” from my knowledge as a former player and developer of talent.

The biggest needs to be addressed are quarterback, center, offensive tackle, tight end, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and – until I see more playmakers on the field – wide receiver.

Defensive tackle, cornerback, safety, defensive end and guard are depth and quality needs. Running backs? I like running backs, and there are some in this class I just want.

Here are the 36; current FSU commitments are denoted with an asterisk. The players are listed alphabetically by position.


Quarterback (2)
Jayden Daniels (6 feet 3, 170 pounds), San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon
Sam Howell (6-1, 217), Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley
Michael Johnson Jr. (6-4, 190), Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon
Taisun Phommachanh (6-3, 186), Avon (Conn.) Avon Old Farms School

Running back (1-2)
Peter Hayes-Patrick (5-10, 180), Orlando Timber Creek
Trey Sanders (5-11, 216), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

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Wide receiver (3-4)
Kenyon Jackson (6-5, 200), Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Frank Ladson (6-4, 170), Homestead (Fla.) South Dade
Jashawn Sheffield (6-1, 178), Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy
Jeremiah Payton (6-3, 180), Jacksonville Beach Fletcher

Tight end (2)
Hudson Henry (6-5, 225), Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy
Keon Zipperer (6-2, 240), Lakeland (Fla.) High

Linemen (3-4)
G Deyavie Hammond (6-4, 320), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
G Dontae Lucas (6-3, 323), Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
T Adrian Medley (6-4, 305), Pensacola (Fla.) High
T Harry Miller (6-4, 310), Buford (Ga.) High
T William Putnam (6-4, 280), Tampa Plant

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