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Florida State transfers reunite with Willie Taggart at FAU

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It’s officially landing day for former Florida State football players.

Earlier Monday, tight end Tre’ McKitty tweeted that he will be transferring to Georgia.  A short time later, FAU announced the additions of a pair of McKitty’s former Florida State football teammates — wide receiver D'Marcus Adams and defensive end Malcolm Lamar.

Adams had previously confirmed that Florida Atlantic would be his landing spot.

Both Adams and Lamar played for Willie Taggart when he was the head coach of Florida State football.  A little over a month after being fired by the Seminoles, Taggart landed the head job with the Owls.

Barring the unexpected, the two new additions will have to sit out the 2020 season.  They will then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Adams was a three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.  After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, the Daytona Beach native hadn’t yet taken the field for a game during the 2019 campaign prior to his decision to enter the portal in late September.

A four-star 2018 signee, Lamar was rated as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 42 player at any position in the state of Florida.  The lineman took a redshirt as a true freshman, then played in four games this past season.  In that limited action, he was credited with a pair of tackles.

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After weeks of attrition, the Georgia Bulldogs football program is finally on the receiving end of some positive personnel news.  Again.

Late last week, Florida State tight end Tre’ McKitty confirmed on Twitter that he would be entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.  On the same social media service Monday, McKitty announced that, “after careful consideration and many prayers,” he will be transferring into the Georgia Bulldogs football team.

McKitty will be coming to Athens as a graduate transfer.  The 2020 season will be his final year of eligibility.

A three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2017 recruiting class, McKitty was rated as the No. 15 tight end in the country.

This past season, The 6-5, 245-pound McKitty caught 23 passes for 241 yards. The year before, he set career-highs in catches (26), yards (256) and receiving touchdowns (two).

McKitty started 20 games the past two seasons, 10 each in 2018 and 2019.

McKitty’s move continues what’s been a wild month or so on the personnel front.

In addition to the infamous Sugar Bowl attrition, the Georgia Bulldogs football program has seen its leading rusherstarting quarterback and three starting offensive linemen bail early for the NFL draft. A fourth starting offensive lineman has entered the portal, as has a four-star 2018 defensive back.  Oh, and there’s the whole five-star 2020 running back imbroglio as well.

At the opposite end of that spectrum was Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman officially transferring to UGA.  Additionally, linebacker Robert Beal pulled his name from the portal.

Third Florida State player in three days plunges into transfer portal

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On the portal front, it’s been quite the busy past couple of days for the Florida State football program.

Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that offensive lineman Jauan Williams is set to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database.  That same afternoon, teammate and tight end Tre’ McKitty confirmed in a message posted to Twitter that he too is entering the portal.

One day later, 247Sports.com reported that Kyle Meyers has joined his Florida State football teammates in the portal.  Thus far, the cornerback has not confirmed the development.

A four-star 2016 signee, Meyers was rated as the No. 17 player regardless of position in the state of Louisiana and the No. 25 corner in the country.  His first three seasons with the Seminoles, Meyers played in all 38 games.  The defensive back started 10 of those contests, eight in 2018 and two in 2017.

After playing in the first four games of his senior season, Meyers didn’t see the field again in 2019.  That allowed him to take a redshirt for the year.

Meyers would be leaving the Florida State football program as a graduate transfer.  He could then use his one year of eligibility at another FBS school in 2020.

Willie Taggart brings Florida State transfer WR to FAU

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It’s not just coaches who have followed Willie Taggart to his next job.

In late September, D'Marcus Adams placed his name into the NCAA transfer portal.  A little over three months later, the Florida State wide receiver has confirmed to 247Sports.com that he plans to transfer to FAU.

Willie Taggart was the head coach at FSU for less than two seasons, fired in early November of last year.  A month later, he was hired by Florida Atlantic as its head coach.

“It was hard for me to leave FSU,” Adams told the website. “Coach Taggart was the first person to call me when he got the job at FAU. I felt like that was a sign. FAU the facilities are (great) and I like it down there. I feel like I can make a name for myself at FAU.”

Barring the unexpected, Adams will have to sit out the 2020 season.  He will then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2021.

Adams was a three-star member of the Seminoles’ 2018 recruiting class.  After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, the Daytona Beach native hadn’t yet taken the field for a game during the 2019 campaign prior to his decision to enter the portal.

FAU adds two assistants with Florida State ties

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A very familiar face is one of the latest additions to the first FAU football staff for Willie Taggart.

Thursday, the FAU football program announced the two latest hires for the new head coachRaymond Woodie will serve as the Bulls’ outside linebackers coach, Stanford Samuels Jr. as defensive backs coach.

Woodie will also serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Taggart and Woodie have a longstanding relationship, with the latter serving on the former’s coaching staffs at Florida State, Oregon, USF and Western Kentucky.  The past two seasons, Woodie was the linebackers coach for Taggart at Florida State.

Samuels also has ties to Taggart, serving as a defensive analyst at FSU this past season.  The position at FAU will be Samuels’ first on-field role at the collegiate level.