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#pounditTuesday, November 30, 2021

Top recruit backtracks from criticism of Florida State coaches

Willie Taggart FSU

Trezman Marshall is one of the top linebackers and overall defensive players in the country for the 2019 recruiting class, and he has offers from several national powerhouse programs. There are some that Marshall feels are mentally prepared to compete for a championship, and others that aren’t.

Florida State falls under the latter category.

Marshall, who spoke highly of Florida State coach Willie Taggart, said in an interview with Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation that he can tell from his meetings with FSU that the players are not “focused” enough to contend for a title.

“You can just tell by going up there to talk to the (FSU) players,” Marshall said. “They aren’t focused on winning a championship just yet. They want to play football. Everyone wants to play football. You can say that about everybody, but I’m focused on going to a place with a bunch of players who are focused on winning a championship.”

Marshall also said he feels a connection with Taggart but is not a fan of the overall coaching staff at Florida State.

“I don’t like coaching staff there but I love the head coach. That’s the best head coach that I have been talking to and have met,” he said. “That’s what I have seen so far.”

Marshall has verbally committed to Georgia, and the Bulldogs are just coming off a heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the national championship game. He said he feels a better connection with Taggart than Georgia coach Kirby Smart, and he took to Twitter on Friday to insist he meant no disrespect to FSU’s coaching staff.

In fact, Marshall has not ruled out flipping his commitment to Florida State.

“Florida State is coming with full force,” he added. “They are steady coming. They are not letting up. I can tell you they are not letting up at all.”

Marshall might respect some of the interesting motivational tactics Taggart is using with his new players, but it’s hard to imagine him committing to Florida State after some of the things he said. If he did, there would probably be some awkwardness when he first arrived to campus.

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