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

Willie Taggart
COLIN ABBEY/FSU ATHLETICS

DEFENSE

Tackles (0-2)
Ishmael Sopsher (6-5, 279), Amite (La.) High
Tru Thompson* (6-0, 338), Loganville (Ga.) Grayson

End (3)
Khris Bogle (6-4, 207), Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons
Quashon Fuller* (6-3, 240), Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh
Derick Hunter (6-6, 281), Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar
Mike Morris* (6-5, 250), Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage
Jaquaze Sorrells (6-3, 270), Largo (Fla.) High (some schools recruiting as a DT)
Lloyd Summerall (6-6, 218), Auburndale (Fla.) High

Inside linebacker (2)
Nakobe Dean (6-0, 215), Horn Lake (Miss.) High
Shane Lee (6-1, 240), Baltimore St. Frances Academy

Outside linebacker (1-2)
Ge’mon Eaford (6-1, 220), Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High
Owen Pappoe (6-0, 211), Loganville (Ga.) Grayson)
Anthony Solomon (6-0, 200), Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

Cornerback (2-3)
Jaden Davis (5-10, 165), Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Akeem Dent* (6-0, 175), from West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central

Safety (1-2)
Cortez Andrews (6-2, 205), Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Daxton Hill (6-1, 190), Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington

Athlete (1-2)
Tyrique Stevenson (6-2, 195), Homestead (Fla.) South Dade
Raymond Woodie III (6-1, 185), Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High

I think FSU takes 25-plus in the 2019 cycle.

In 2018, because of a late start and an already-developed board from Oregon, Willie Taggart took a more nationwide approach. I still think the ability to recruit nationwide is a strong suit, but there’s a ton of talent in Florida. Go out of state and pull in top talent like Dean, Sopsher, Phommachanh and/or Howell, but lock up the state of Florida. It’s a different breed of football here.

One thing Jimbo Fisher didn’t do consistently was sign talent from FSU’s backyard – the “big bend” area of Florida. Andrews and Woodie, who is the son of FSU linebacker coach Raymond Woodie, should be ’Noles. There are some names that I wanted to include and who may be added, such as ATH Travis Jay from Madison (Fla.) Madison County, but it’s a challenge making the board short.

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There’s a ton of talent around the state that will make the “Big Game 36” list as others fall off because of commitments elsewhere, better fits and/or a mutual lack of interest.

If you have your own 36, feel free to hit me up or share yours.

(James Coleman played fullback at Florida State from 2002-05; you can follow him on Twitter @biggamejames36)

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