The Willie Taggart disaster in Tallahassee is now starting to push top young talent away.
The Seminoles had one of the best backups in the country in James Blackman. If Deondre Francois struggled due to injury or inaccuracy, the rail thin 6-5, 180 pound quarterback has shown competence at the position. Florida State might have to look elsewhere for QB2, as Blackman has placed his name in the transfer portal.
I’ve learned that FSU QB James Blackman has placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) January 16, 2019
More details here: https://t.co/i4y0RAF927
The former 3-star recruit surprisingly chose to join Florida State when it seemed as if he was a lock for either Louisville or West Virginia. Blackman started almost all of the 2017 season after Francois tore his ACL. While the 6-5 record doesn't look super impressive, a completion percentage of 58.2 percent, 2,230 yards, and 19 touchdowns as a true freshman is sure to raise some eyebrows.
In 2018, Blackman went 33-51 for 510 yards and five touchdowns against only one interception. He started in a 47-28 loss to NC State, but he threw for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
Blackman would best be served at a school that uses the quarterback as a runner, as he was at his best when Jimbo Fisher or Taggart used plenty of read-options in their offensive gameplan.
I went back and watched a couple of games from last year to refresh myself on some of the strengths James Blackman offers up (and shortcomings). You know, incase he starts on Saturday.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) November 1, 2018
The ability to run read option at a decent level stands out:https://t.co/efb9sQ5SN6 pic.twitter.com/h81kWccYwe
The reverberations of FSU's 5-7 season aren't only being felt in recruiting. Taggart's incompetence is driving talents like Blackman elsewhere.