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Willie Taggart on FSU recruiting class: ‘We’re going to finish strong’

Willie Taggart said the last two weeks have been "Go, go, go," since replacing Jimbo Fisher as Florida State's coach.

Taggart is already across one finish line – the first day of the inaugural early signing period. He said Thursday that the situation has been difficult as he tries to balance roster evaluation, bowl preparation, filling his coaching staff and recruiting.

"I think the challenge with the early signing day is when you have turnover, when you have a coaching change like we've had here," Taggart said.

FSU is off to a slow start. The Seminoles have signed four players, including five-star safety Jaiden Woodbey, and their class sits at No. 44 nationally, between Colorado and Syracuse. Taggart said he expects to sign a few more before the early period ends Friday.

He didn't expect to try to sign the entire class in the early period, partially because some prospects want to see which assistants he brings before making up their minds. Taggart hopes to finish hat process by the time the next recruiting period begins, to lead up to the traditional signing day on Feb. 7. Scholarship limits will limit Taggart's first class to 15-18 players.

So no, Taggart doesn't seem concerned about where his class sits on Dec. 21.

"It's not how you start," Taggart said. "It's how you finish. We're going to finish strong."

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