When you’re recruiting in a football hotbed like Florida, relationships are everything. And Willie Taggart and his Florida State staff are getting off on the right foot in that department.
Now that things have settled down after a whirlwind finish to their first recruiting class, which saw them take the No. 64 class in the nation and turn it into the No. 11 class in just three months, Taggart is taking the time to reach out to local high school coaches in Tallahassee. And if first impressions are truly everything, they’re doing something right.
Taggart and his Florida State staff hosted an event welcoming representatives from every high school football program in Leon County and also Wakulla, Madison County, and Suwanee. And the coaches in attendance raved about their hosts.
“It was an awesome idea on their part just to have an event like that,” Lincoln coach Garrett Jahn told Wayne McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat. “I thought it was really neat to get the invite to go over there for a couple of hours in a real laid back atmosphere where coaches could talk a little football and meet the whole new staff.”
Several other coaches expressed similar sentiment and now Taggart and his boys have laid a solid foundation to what they hope will be fruitful relationships in the future. With schools like Alabama and Georgia recruiting the panhandle, that could be of extreme value down the road.
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