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The Seminoles offered a scholarship to the son of one of their all-time biggest stars

A behind the scenes look at Willie Taggart’s first day as Florida State’s football coach

Go behind the scenes with Seminoles.com as they take a look at Willie Taggart's first day as Florida State's head football coach.
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Go behind the scenes with Seminoles.com as they take a look at Willie Taggart's first day as Florida State's head football coach.

Shilo Sanders boasts nearly a dozen offers, including a handful from some traditional SEC and Big 10 powerhouses. The three-star cornerback’s latest is just a little bit different. Sanders, who’s the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, announced Tuesday that Florida State extended him a scholarship offer.

“I am extremely grateful and blessed to receive an offer from Florida State University!” Sanders wrote on Twitter.

The Sanders name has a strong legacy with the Seminoles. Deion Sanders was a two-time All-American in Tallahassee and his No. 2 is retired by Florida State. Sanders reportedly eyed a job on the Seminoles coaching staff last year when coach Willie Taggart was assembling his staff, although nothing came to fruition. Instead, he became the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian in Cedar Hill, Texas, where Shilo Sanders is a senior.

Shilo Sanders is one of the top defensive backs in Texas for the Class of 2019. The 247Sports.com composite rankings peg Sanders as a three-star prospect at the No. 113 cornerback in his class.

“To me, it’s extremely a blessing to have the same opportunity my father had,” Sanders told ESPN on Wednesday, “and to potentially have the opportunity to carry on his legacy.”

This season, Sanders has logged 10 tackles with one interception and one fumble recovery, according to MaxPreps.com. Sanders has also made occasional contributions on offense with three carries for 40 yards and a touchdown, and four catches for 51 yards, one touchdown and one 2-point conversion. The corner has also scored a pair of kick-return touchdowns.

Sanders is a relative late bloomer as a prospect. Most of his high-profile offers began to arrive in the spring, which led to a wide-open recruitment heading into his senior year. Unsurprisingly, 100 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions expect Sanders to choose the Seminoles. The senior, however, won’t guarantee anything yet.

“If I chose to take that route and follow in my dad’s footsteps then that’s excellent, but I’m definitely interested in doing my own thing, too, so both would be gratifying,” Sanders said. “No matter where I go, I’m going to have the same target on my back, so it’s just finding what’s best for me.”

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