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Blue-chip quarterback Jeff Sims decommits from Florida State

The four-star recruit would be a big loss for the Seminoles’ 2020 recruiting class.
Florida State Seminoles fans cheer during player intros before the Florida State Seminoles game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.  [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Florida State Seminoles fans cheer during player intros before the Florida State Seminoles game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 11, 2019

Four-star quarterback Jeff Sims announced Wednesday that he has decommitted from Florida State in what could be a huge loss for the Seminoles’ 2020 recruiting class. His announcement comes one week before the early signing period begins.

“FSU will still be an option for me,” Sims wrote, “but I am reopening my recruitment for this final week.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect from Jacksonville’s Sandalwood High is the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback and a top-250 overall recruit. The Under Armour All-American had been a vocal leader in FSU’s class since he orally committed in February, which made him a pivotal piece for the class.

Another reason why his defection could be enormous: The ’Noles failed to sign a high school quarterback in either of Willie Taggart’s classes. Only one other Power Five school (2012-13) Arizona State also failed to sign a passer in back-to-back classes.

Coincidentally, new FSU coach Mike Norvell was Arizona State’s offensive coordinator during that span.

FSU’s upcoming class has 13 oral commitments and is ranked No. 25 nationally.

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