The first batch of the 2018 recruiting class is in, with the new signing period FSU has landed some prospects to look forward too, I’ll evaluate some of the prospects and give you comparisons along with their Strengths.
Jaiden Woodbey: 5 Star safety and California native is the first commit of the Taggart Era, Woodbey was never offered by the previous staff and mentioned that FSU was “dumb enough” to not offer him a scholarship through his twitter account. Five hours later he was offered by Coach Willie Taggart, two days later he took an official visit to FSU and just over a week later he flipped from Ohio State to FSU.
Strengths: At 6’2, 205 you can imagine the physicality he brings from the safety spot. On running situations, he works like an extra linebacker closing in and making a tackle for loss or a short gain. Woodbey can play either safety spot, he’s rangy enough to cause trouble for opposing quarterbacks in the passing game, and physical enough to play in the box and stop the run.
Comparison: Derwin James, the physicality and versatility he brings from the safety spot is ironically very reminiscent of the current Florida State star.
Anthony Lytton: Residing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland is the ranked 8th cornerback in the nation according to 247sports. Lytton committed to Florida State on April 27th one day after visiting Dabo Swinney and his Tigers.
Strengths: At 5’10, 173 Lytton is not the typical highly sought after tall cornerback teams often love, but he certainly is lengthy for his height and a very fundamental player. His exceptional speed makes him valuable as nickel corner, while his fluid hips and ability to play bump and run makes him valuable on outside as well. Overall Lytton is a versatile player who I believe will see the field early as a nickel back.
Comparison: His soundness in fundamentals and physicality for his size reminds me of current New York Giant Cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
Isaiah Bolden: Former Florida State turned Oregon turned back Florida State commit, Bolden’s recruitment has been everywhere but ultimately he ended up following coach Taggart back to Florida State.
Strengths: At 6’2, 175 Bolden brings good size to the secondary. He is a tremendous athlete who could also be valuable in the return game. Bolden is fast and a solid tackler, his versatility is his biggest asset being able to play safety, corner, and returning kicks. Bolden is raw but he can develop into a game changing player for the Seminoles.
Comparison: Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, given his size, speed and athletic ability I see a lot of DRC in his game.