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Here’s the latest with Willie Taggart filling out FSU assistants

Jamil King



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With all the top head coaching spots being filled and bowl games coming up it’s almost time for the next round of carousels to begin.  New head coaches have or will soon, fill out the rest of their assistant staffs with current or new faces.

In Tallahassee, new head coach Willie Taggart and FSU have some work to do.

Tim Brewster, the Tight ends coach under Jimbo Fisher, and a great recruiter, announced Tuesday morning that he would join Fisher’s staff in College Station.

The move to go with Jimbo can’t be seen as much of a shock, as it had been rumored, but is a blow to the Noles and Taggart who hoped to retain his services.

Taggart also is trying to bring in his defensive coordinator from Oregon, the former USF head coach, Jim Leavitt. We wrote about the uncertainty of Leavitt staying or coming to Florida State, last week.

The latest is the Ducks have offered Leavitt it seems a lucrative deal north of $1 million to stay.  Oregon AD Rob Mullens said on Portland local sports radio (95.7 FM) Monday, “We want to make sure we do everything we can to convince Jim to stay, but in the end, it’s obviously his choice.” New head coach, Mario Cristobal echoed the same thing at his introductory press conference Friday.

The ball appears to be in Leavitt’s hands. So, all Noles and Ducks fans can do is wait until after the Las Vegas Bowl this Saturday to see what happens and he decides.

Taggart though has appeared to bring on Oregon linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, Raymond Woodie. He helped 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. Again, Woodie cannot join Taggart until after Saturday’s Ducks bowl game.

Though the Noles lost Brewster, picking up Woodie is big for Taggart and the staff that is also preparing for the Independence Bowl, themselves on December 27th. The first ever early signing day is next Wednesday, and there is a lot of drama and speculation about recruits.

Nole fans will have to wait anxiously until the Ducks are done this weekend to see which assistants do or don’t come south with Taggart.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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