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Top defensive prospects Florida State fans should know for 2019 class

Kayvon Thibodeaux

I have already shared my “Big Game 36” top offensive prospects for Florida State fans to be aware of in the 2019 recruiting cycle. As a reminder, my goal is simplicity. The list will be fluid and updated. If FSU lands 25 of these guys, it’s a top-five class, easy.

Things change so this current list is a combination of what I feel FSU needs, the players I’ve heard they are after, and, frankly, guys I think are “war daddies and bad asses” from my knowledge as a former player and developer of talent.

Here are the “Big Game 36” defensive players.

Defensive tackle

Tru Thompson (already committed). At 6-foot, 340 pounds, he has the same mold as Derek Nnadi. Another thing he has that resembles Nnadi is his quick hands and pursuit to the ball.

Ishmael Sopsher. FSU has a shot here. He’s an LSU lean but any time Odell Haggins is involved with a prospect, I like our chances.

Defensive end

Khris Bogle. He is 6-foot-4, 207 pounds, but should put on more weight before he enrolls. He’s crazy-athletic and one of the top players in the country.

Quashon Fuller (already committed). Fuller has been committed since February 2017. He stands just under 6-foot-4 and weighs 280 with the athletic ability to play end. He recently put a video on Twitter of him bathing in FSU letters after he opens an FSU shower curtain, with an FSU towel hanging on the rack behind him. I don’t see any way he doesn’t end up becoming a Nole.

Derick Hunter. On February 17 he unofficially visited Florida State and then a week later, on the 24th, he attended Junior Day in Gainesville; Miami and Georgia are also in the mix. He is still raw, but shows great get-off at the line of scrimmage

Mike Morris (already committed). Morris plays at American Heritage which is a breeding ground for football talent. He has great size at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. On tape you’ll notice how polished he is and how well he uses his hands. He also has a great dip at the waistline which is tough to do for a guy that big.

Jaq Sorrells. He’s 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds and can easily play end or tackle He will be explosive wherever he ends up. He reminds me of Demarcus Walker.

Lloyd Summerall. 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds, a very rangy defensive end with a huge wing span. You also will see him batting down a lot of passes because he has great timing and instincts. Don’t worry about his weight, I saw a picture of his dad who is a big man.

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