As much as Florida State fans are excited about the potential hire of Jim Leavitt as the Seminoles’ new defensive coordinator, they shouldn’t overlook another assistant who is almost certain to make his way to Tallahassee.
Raymond Woodie, who was Oregon’s outside linebackers and special teams coach, is a top-flight recruiter who helped Taggart secure top classes at Western Kentucky, USF and Oregon. Woodie was named the top recruiter in his conference twice, at Western Kentucky in 2012 in the Sun Belt and at USF in 2014 in the AAC.
The commitments he had received at Oregon for the 2018 class gave him a shot to be named the top recruiter in that league, as well. He was doing yeoman work in Florida for the Ducks. Four-star wide receiver Warren Thompson (Seffner Armwood), four-star defensive end Malcolm Lamar (Seffner Armwood), four-star cornerback Isaiah Bolden (Wesley Chapel High) and three-star defensive end Jonathan King (Tampa Bay Tech) committed to Oregon after being recruited by Woodie (Bolden has since backed off his commitment); four-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs (Kissimmee Gateway) was being recruited by Woodie and has an official visit to Oregon scheduled for January 19. Four-star linebacker Adrian Jackson (Denver Mullen) is another Oregon commitment who was recruited by Woodie.
It’s not a stretch to think that if Woodie ends up on FSU’s staff, some of those talented prospects will be playing in Doak Campbell Stadium.
That Woodie does good work in the Tampa Bay area is not an accident. He spent 13 seasons as a high school head coach in the area, first at Bradenton Bayshore, then at Palmetto High. Woodie and new FSU coach Willie Taggart are Palmetto natives; Woodie attended Palmetto, and Taggart went to Bradenton Manatee.
He left the high school ranks to become an assistant for Taggart at Western Kentucky, starting with the 2010 season; he has been with Taggart ever since, from Western to USF to Oregon.
Having an assistant considered to be an elite recruiter definitely would be a good addition, especially if tight end coach Tim Brewster leaves. Getting Leavitt and Woodie would be great for the staff and would help continue FSU’s trend of landing top-ranked recruiting classes.
A side note: His son, Raymond Woodie III, is a three-star recruit in the 2019 class. He currently attends Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon but obviously would move to Tallahassee if his dad gets a job at FSU. If that happens, you wouldn’t think it would take much to convince Raymond III to become a Seminole.
(James Coleman played fullback at Florida State from 2002-05. You can follow him on Twitter @biggamejames36)
© 2016, gridironnow.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.