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FSU strikes out on top high school QB recruits for 2019

Florida Football Insiders



Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Already under scrutiny from a poor opening season in 2018, FSU coach Willie Taggart and his staff are not doing themselves any favors in the recruiting battles. This after the Seminoles failed to garner any of the top targeted high school quarterbacks to come play for them starting in 2019.

The final strike came on Wednesday morning’s second “National Signing Day,” when New Orleans four star high school recruit Lance LeGendre spurned Florida State. Instead, the former 4A Louisiana star chose to go to the University of Maryland, where will join former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

There was almost an air of desperation over the last 24 to 48 hours for FSU and its fans as it relates to the quarterback position.

As we wrote on Tuesday night, LeGendre was the last hope for Florida State after two other high school stars had said no. Sam Howell of North Carolina had already de-committed to FSU and chose to stay home to go the Tar Heels. And then, on Monday night, John Rhys-Plumlee of Mississippi chose to stay in-state, as well, with Ole Miss.

This means that Florida State will for now, unless they come up with a “rabbit out of the hat” Juco player or some other transfer, go into the fall with only James Blackman, as a scholarship quarterback.

FSU fans and alumni were hoping that either Rhys-Plumlee or LeGendre would at the last minute choose the Seminoles, because of the dismissal of Deondre Francois over the weekend. Francois was involved in another domestic violence controversy with his estranged girlfriend and Taggart kicked him off the team Sunday morning.

Now we wait to see, what Taggart has to say later on Wednesday, but also what new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles can help do to have better competition for the fall?

And probably most importantly, get someone available in the event that something happens injury-wise, etc. to Blackman.

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