The One Who Got Away: Joe Mauer 

January, 31, 2013
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There isn't just one reason for Florida State's gradual decline after playing for the national championship following the 2000 season, but one that can’t be overlooked was recruiting -- and the recruiting of quarterbacks, in particular.

Solid, consistent play at the position evaporated with the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, though many expected the Seminoles to restock as they always had. However, one defection turned those plans upside down.

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Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesJoe Mauer threw 73 touchdown passes in high school before becoming a three-time AL batting champion with the Minnesota Twins.
This wasn't a decommitment; this was another option, and another sport.

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