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First up this week, we have Christopher Adams asking for an update on 3-star Montgomery [Ala.] QB James Foster.
Foster is scheduled to be in Tallahassee this weekend for the Louisiana-Monroe game. It will mark the first time he will be on campus.
To be honest, the atmosphere surrounding the future of Jimbo Fisher and the program makes this a weird time to bring in a recruit, especially at a position as important as quarterback.
Still, Foster told Scout.com’s John Garcia Jr. that this weekend’s trip will be an unofficial visit and he will schedule his official visit at a later date.
Assuming that this weekend’s visit goes well, the Seminoles should be in a decent spot with Foster moving forward.
The unknown with him would be what would happen if Fisher moves on and a new staff comes in. However, it appears as if both parties will cross that bridge if and when that time comes.
Next, we have BJ Brad Jr. asking about how bad recruiting will be until Jimbo Fisher’s future is resolved.
Well, BJ, I think we saw a preview of that on Wednesday evening when Florida State lost 3 commitments in a span of what seemed like minutes.
I think what further complicates the issue is there will be an early signing period in December. The 3 players that de-committed — 4-star corner Houston Griffith, 4-star offensive lineman Verdis Brown and 3-star safety Israel Mukuamu — were scheduled to be early enrollees.
With so little time between now and when they will enroll, and the picture remaining cloudy at Florida State with Fisher, recruits are likely going to explore options that appear to be more stable with their coaching situations.
That’s also part of the reason why I don’t expect this situation to carry on much longer. Florida State knows it can’t continue on like this and neither can Texas A&M nor Fisher. One way or the other, I think this situation gets resolved sooner than later for all parties.
If Fisher does leave, the early signing period is part of the reason why I think that FSU would move to hire a replacement as soon as possible.
Finally, Lance Eubanks asks about the chances 3-star Tallahassee [Fla.] Chiles LB Amari Gainer backs off his pledge to Florida State.
Gainer will take visits to Ole Miss, Texas and Miami over the next three weekends. His frustration is real, as evidenced by his quotes in a recent interview with Wayne McGahee of the Tallahassee Democrat.
Gainer is another player that is scheduled to be an early enrollee.
While he will take visits, and you never know what to expect when that happens, Gainer’s case is different in that he’s a local product and he’s a legacy recruit.
I would expect him to monitor the situation at Florida State closely and give Fisher or whoever replaces him every chance to keep him in the fold whenever that situation clears up.
Given that he lives in Tallahassee, the fact that he hasn’t scheduled a visit is meaningless since he can drop by at any time.
I would expect him to do his due diligence, but in the end, I expect him to end up at Florida State when all is said and done.
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