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1 prospect on each side of the ball Willie Taggart still would love to sign

Willie Taggart
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Now that the early signing period and various all-star games have come and gone, all the attention in the recruiting world turns to the February 7 National Signing Day.

Despite the unexpectedly high number of recruits who signed during the early signing period (about two-thirds of the FBS prospects already have signed), there are numerous big-time prospects who still are out there.

New coach Willie Taggart and Florida State signed just seven players during the early signing period. Taggart inherited a tough situation in Tallahassee because a lot of prospects decommiteed after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M. It will be up to Taggart and his staff to salvage what they can out of this 2018 recruiting cycle.

Here is a look at one uncommitted prospect on each side of the ball that Taggart would love to get.

Offense

WR Warren Thompson
The particulars: Thompson (6 feet 3, 196 pounds) is from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, in the Tampa suburbs.
The skinny: A four-star prospect, Thompson is among the top 30 receivers in the country and a top-175 recruit overall. Thompson was committed to Taggart at Oregon for almost six months before decommitting December 9. Florida State coaches visited Thompson on December 11 and Thompson took an official visit to Tallahassee on December 15, so it appears Taggart has made Thompson a high priority. Four-star prospect D’Marcus Adams is the only receiver signed or committed to this class, so locking up Thompson is of high importance. Based on Thompson committing to Taggart at Oregon and decommitting after Taggart’s departure, it would be surprising if Florida State doesn’t land Thompson.

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Defense

DE Malcolm Lamar
The particulars: Lamar (6 feet 5, 250 pounds) also is from Seffner Armwood.
The skinny: A four-star prospect, Lamar is among the top-10 strongside ends in the nation as well as a top-300 prospect overall. As with Thompson, Lamar committed to Taggart at Oregon and stayed committed for more than four months before re-opening his recruitment on December 19, four days after Lamar took an official visit to Florida State. And as with Thompson, with Lamar’s relationship with Taggart and his past commitment to Oregon, it’s safe to say FSU is the team to beat. Florida State didn’t sign a defensive end in December nor does it have a commitment from an end.

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