School in the News: Florida State

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5Nov 2019
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School in the News: Florida State

Willie Taggart (image via SI)

As most/all of you know by now, Florida State fired head coach Willie Taggart after a 27-10 loss to Miami this past weekend. That dropped the team to 4-5 this year after a 5-7 year in 2018, bringing Taggart’s record to 9-12 over a little less than two years.

One way this MAY impact Michigan is in the form of Taggart himself, who previously coached under Jack Harbaugh and with Jim Harbaugh. Taggart was Harbaugh’s running backs coach at Stanford and helped produce Toby Gerhart’s Doak Walker Award-winning season. Taggart went on to become the head coach at South Florida, then Oregon, then FSU. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Taggart find himself as an analyst at Michigan or even taking a position coaching role in 2020. This is way out in the future, but Jay Harbaugh has coached other positions (tight ends, special teams), so if there’s a staff shakeup after this season, Michigan does have some flexibility to bring in Taggart.

On the recruiting front, Florida State has already lost a couple commits, including Deerfield Beach (FL) Deerfield Beach running back Jaylan Knighton, who’s from the same high school as a Denard Robinson.

Other FSU commits with Michigan offers:

Michigan would like to add another running back in the 2020 class, and Toafili was a primary target before picking the Seminoles. The Wolverines were also making a decent effort with Douglas, who’s a speedy slot/running back/returner.

8Jul 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: July 8, 2019

Trussville (AL) Hewitt-Trussville WR Dazalin Worsham (image via Hudl)

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Olney (MD) Good Counsel defensive end Kris Jenkins, Jr. committed to Michigan (LINK).


Jaheim Bell – WR – Valdosta (GA) Valdosta: Bell decommitted from Florida. He’s a 6’4″, 212-pounder with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and Penn State, among others. He is now expected to go to South Carolina.

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27May 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: May 27, 2019

Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian LB Choe Bryant-Strother (image via 247 Sports)


Baltimore (MD) St. Frances linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green committed to Michigan (LINK).

Port Huron (MI) Northern defensive end Braiden McGregor committed to Michigan (LINK).


Blake Smith – TE – Southlake (TX) Carroll: Smith is a 6’4″, 247 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Baylor, Houston, Miami, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #25 tight end, and #748 overall. Michigan has offered his 2022 teammate Quinn Ewers, who beat out Smith for the QB position.

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23May 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: May 23, 2019

Owasso (OK) Owasso RB Isaiah Jacobs (image via 247 Sports)


Ja’Khi Douglas – WR – Houma (LA) Terrebonne: Douglas is a 5’9″, 187 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #33 wide receiver, and #180 overall. He’s built a little bit like a running back, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play in the backfield a little bit when he gets to college. He claims a 4.48 forty, a 4.51 shuttle, and a 37″ vertical.

Kyle Edwards – RB – Destrehan (LA) Destrehan: Edwards is a 6’0″, 210-pounder with offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #34 running back, and #463 overall. He’s a burly running back who reminds me a little bit of former Michigan back Thomas Rawls.

Montra Edwards – DT – Lexington (MS) Holmes Central: Edwards is a 6’2″, 282-pounder, and with those measurements, I can’t help thinking of Maurice Hurst, Jr. He’s a 3-star, the #62 defensive tackle, and #785 overall. His stat line of 102 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks as a junior is also pretty impressive, if not unbelievable.

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