​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. 

​​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. 

​​The reverberations of FSU's 5-7 season aren't only being felt in recruiting. Taggart's incompetence is driving talents like Blackman elsewhere.