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Where does FSU go after decommitments

10/4/2012

In a trend that is running opposite of Florida State's results on the gridiron, the Seminoles have lost two commitments -- wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) and tight end Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) -- in the last 24 hours.

Both cases, however, appear isolated and not because of some failure related to the coaching staff.

NoleNation takes a quick look at each case:

What they're losing in Stevens: 6-foot-4 wide receivers with Stevens' skill set don't grow on trees, so from that standpoint, his loss to the 2013 class will sting. Fortunately, Isaiah Jones (Milton, Fla./Milton) is of the same mold giving the Seminoles at least one physical target in the passing game.

What happened: Rumors had been swirling that this could happen ever since Ohio State got in the picture. Sure enough, the Buckeyes sit firmly inside his top five schools. Stevens tweeted that it simply came down to other schools showing him more interest.

Where FSU goes from here: The good news for the Seminoles is that they don't really need to go anywhere. They look good for Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast), the country's No. 33 prospect and a four-star wide receiver. It is possible the Stevens' situation could get worked out between him and the FSU staff, but it doesn't appear probable at this moment.

What they're losing in Morgan: Morgan would have added a nice, physical presence as a blocking tight end. While not as good of a receiver as he is on the line of scrimmage, he was capable in the passing game.

What happened: Distance has been the problem for Morgan. Ole Miss has emerged as one of his top schools, and having visited there at least once since committing, the shorter trip became appealing for Morgan. He did communicate with the staff about his intentions to decommit.

Where FSU goes from here: Atlanta. Greg Taboada (Atlanta/Marist), an uncommitted four-star tight end already has a bunch of offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Expect Florida State to turn on the heat for him and try to get him on campus as soon as possible. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound ESPN 150 member would be a perfect replacement from a need and talent standpoint.