FSU's coach Taggart talks about early signing period

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Thursday marks the second day of that new, three day early signing period for high school seniors.

Florida State fans may be wondering why their new coach, Willie Taggart, signed just four players Wednesday on day one of that period.

The slow start in recruiting not because Taggart hasn't been working hard since he took over at FSU.

"When I got the job, first thing I tried to get out and see as many of our current players as I could," Willie Taggart, Florida State football coach said. "Introduce myself to them and get to know them, talk about our vision, our program, and where we wanted to go with it. So, go, go, go. And not necessarily try to establish a recruiting class, but introduce myself to them and make sure it's something they want to be a part of as well."

Certainly the transition from Jimbo to Willie caused some big name recruits jumped ship, went elsewhere.

But don't push the panic button just yet Seminole fans, coach Taggart says given the compressed time frame, signing a lot of players this week simply could not be a priority.

"I wasn't necessarily trying to sign a full class in the early signing period," Taggart said. "I didn't think that was going to do us any justice in trying to build our program like we want to build it. But evaluation of guys and make sure guys fit what you're trying to do, and then try to bring in some guys that you know can. Like a lot of the kids, they want to see who we bring in as a staff."

Two players Taggart did target but lost Wednesday, running back James Cook out of Miami, he went to Georgia. And quarterback Emory Jones out of Franklin, Georgia who chose the Gators.