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Top defensive prospects Florida State fans should know for 2019 class

Kayvon Thibodeaux

Kayvon Thibodeaux. He is the nation’s No. 1 prospect. I did not have him on my initial “Big 36” because I didn’t think we had much of a shot. However, he’s coming to the spring game and missing out on Coachella to do so. He was at UF and was supposed to come to FSU last weekend, but switched. He’ll spend entire weekend in Tally.

He said the spring game better be “lit,” well, with an estimate of over 40,000 expected in attendance along with over 300 former Seminole players, I’m thinking it’s going to be at least more exciting than spring games of the past.

Middle linebacker

Nakobe Dean. He’s a tad undersized at 6-foot and 215 pounds, but is the kind of ‘backer you want for the smashmouth style defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett is running. He’s strong as heck for his size, flies around to the ball and hits everything that moves. The most impressive measurable may be his 41-inch vertical jump.

I really like how violent his tape is. He’s also a good student

Brandon Smith. For a high school player, he has a good understanding of how to take proper angles. For his height (6-foot-5), he can change direction and transition very well while impressively maintaining leverage. He’s a big hitter as well and I can see why he’s the No. 1 linebacker.

Trezman Marshall. His film is full of violence. Marshall was seen on campus last week and has a body of a workout warrior. He moves well and sheds blockers. His highlights are full of knocking blockers and ball carriers backwards. FSU hasn’t had a mean inside linebacker like him in a while.

Outside linebacker

Ge’mon Eaford. 6-foot-1, 220 pounds he moves with bad intentions. Has a knack for forcing fumbles. He’s rangier than his height would suggest. FSU missed last year on his teammate who decommitted and went to South Carolina. I Don’t think they’ll miss twice

Owen Pappoe. He was offered a scholarship from the Noles in July of 2015 and has been on campus five times since then. His running a 4.52 40-yard-dash as a junior opened everybody’s eyes. Expect linebacker coach Raymond Woodie to handle this recruitment along with Taggart.

Cornerback

Akeem Dent (already committed). Dent has been committed to FSU since July. He’s the No. 1 ranked corner in the country.

Travis Jay (already committed). Jay is my favorite three star prospect. The Madison county prospect can do it all. The boy is just an athlete. I think he’ll be a 4-star by end of the season.

Renardo Green. Green was brought to my attention last week and I had to add him. This kid understands cover-two defenses (featuring two deep safeties) very well while possessing the speed to play any coverage. He’s a ball-hawk and that’s really what you want, but I like how even in jump ball situations, he still is able to get the ball out.

I’d like to see more of him and from the little I did see, liked him more than others I had on this list.

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