It was a good weekend for Florida State University on the recruiting trail. The Seminoles added two commitments to their 2020 recruiting class including a pledge from three-star defensive end and former Florida commitment Josh Griffis.
“I visited there a couple times these past couple months and I really got close with the new coaching staff,” Griffis told 1010XL regarding Florida State. “I started to build a good relationship with them and they showed a lot of love and interest. They really stayed in touch with my family and me and that was a big part of my recruitment.
“When I was there it just felt like home to me and it felt like I place that I wanted to spend the next three, or four years at. I just felt welcomed there.
“It’s a great feeling, I mean I woke up and thought, ‘dang, I really committed to this place.’ It’s a great tradition there and the fan base is crazy. Everyone is calling me and texting me on Twitter, I mean it’s crazy because they are showing a lot of love there. I’m really excited about playing there.”
Griffis (6-foot-4, 237 pounds), who attended Clay High School as a freshman and sophomore and now attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, was committed to Florida for nearly 18 months before de-committing on February 20.
He says not everyone would have done what he did.
“You have to be bold to do that,” Griffis said. “De-committing from Florida which was pretty much my dream school, most of my family is Florida fans, but in the recruiting process none of that matters.
“It doesn’t matter who your favorite team is in the recruiting process because you have to do what’s best for you.
“A lot of people will say that I de-committed from Florida because I won’t get playing time, or I won’t fit there, but it’s not those reasons. A lot of people want to come up with excuses why I de-committed, but it did take a lot and you do have to be bold to de-commit from there.”
Griffis was asked about his relationship with Willie Taggart and what he likes about the head man in Tallahassee.
“He’s a real humble guy and he keeps it real legit,” Griffis said. “He’s not going to tell you a bunch of lies, or try to sell you anything. He keeps it 100 percent with you.
“A lot of people think coaches can come in and just start winning out of nowhere, but you have to trust the process and get players to trust the process and build around that. He has a great plan going on and if the players just trust that then we will really be successful.”
Griffis is now a part of a Florida State class that is ranked highly for the 2020 recruiting cycle and he is hoping to personally help add to the class.
“We were ranked 11th in the recruiting rankings two days ago and now we are 7th overall,” Griffis said. “I’m out here recruiting kids like crazy. We are really working hard to be a top five class and get a lot of commits in and start this thing up and get it done.”
Finally, Griffis had this message for the Florida State fan base.
“Trust what we are doing and be patient with it because we have something going on.”
Griffis was joined by four-star defensive back Jalen Harrell (Miami, FL) as commitments Florida State added in the past three days.
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