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Florida State's 2018 Recruiting Class

Florida State 2018 Recruiting Class bios

D’Marcus Adams | WR | 6-0 | 170 | Ormond Beach, Fla. | Mainland High School
Big-play receiver rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals … U.S. Army All-American … made 26 receptions for 592 yards, an average of 22.8 yards per reception, with three touchdowns to help Mainland advance to regional semifinal round of 6A state playoffs in senior season … caught 20 passes for 373 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, helping the Buccaneers win 11 games and play into regional final round of state playoff bracket … dual-sport star with five regional championships in track and field … qualified for 3A state championship track meet in 400-meter dash, 110 hurdles and long jump … committed to Florida State prior to senior season over multiple offers including Missouri, Nebraska and Penn State

Dennis Briggs Jr. | DE | 6-4 | 252 | Kissimmee, Fla. | Gateway High School
Consensus four-star defensive lineman … ranked 27th in the country at his position and ranked as the 13th strong side defensive end in the country and 44th overall in Florida by Rivals … as a senior, recorded 116 tackles, 34 for loss with nine sacks and three forced fumbles … named first-team Orange Belt all-conference as a senior … following his senior season, was invited to the 2017 Central Florida All-Star Game … totaled more than 245 tackles and 24 sacks in his high school career … chose the Seminoles over several offers, including Miami, Louisville and South Carolina

Jamarcus Chatman | DE | 6-2 | 258 | Rome, Ga. | Rome High School
An athletic four-star prospect and the 56th-ranked player in Georgia by ESPN … ranked 30th in the country at his position by Rivals … a preseason Georgia Class 5A all-state defensive lineman that produced 30 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles on the way to winning a state championship for the second year in a row … part of Rome defense that allowed 9.5 points per game and recorded six shutouts, including a 38-0 victory in the class 5A state championship game … named second-team AAAAA all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … named a Class AAAAA all-state honorable mention by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … chose the Seminoles over Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech among multiple offers

Jalen Goss | OL | 6-7 | 265 | Valdosta, Ga. | Lowndes High School
Long offensive tackle ranked as a consensus three-star prospect … rated as the No. 69 overall prospect in Georgia by ESPN and 91st in the state by Rivals … known for his large frame, tremendous reach and polished technique at the point of attack … as a senior helped pave the way for a Lowndes offense that set a single-season school record with 627 points scored and compiled more than 2,700 yards and 55 touchdowns on the ground … helped guide the Lowndes High School offense to become the 60th team in Georgia history to eclipse 600 points in a season … named first team AAAAAAA all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal Constitution … attended same high school as recent Florida State standout Telvin Smith … chose FSU over several scholarship offers, including Florida, Miami, Auburn, and Michigan

Anthony Grant | RB | 5-11 | 200 | Buford, Ga. | Buford High School
Explosive play-maker rated as a four-star athlete by Rivals … ranked as the No. 20 athlete and No. 34 prospect in Georgia by Rivals ... rated a three-star running back by ESPN ... an ironman athlete, spending significant time on both sides of the ball … in his senior season at Buford, ran for 966 yards on 125 attempts with 20 touchdowns and caught six passes for 42 yards, totaling 1,202 all-purpose yards ... at linebacker, compiled 96 tackles, nine tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, three sacks and an interception ... as a senior, helped lead Buford to district title and appearance in the AAAAA state semifinals before finishing with 11-2 record … named first-team AAAAA all-state athlete by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … named AAAAA all-state at linebacker by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … voted the All-Region 8 Georgia AAAAA Player of the Year by the league’s coaches … displays tremendous strength with the ability to drive through defenders … selected Florida State over other finalist Tennessee

Tre’Shaun Harrison | WR | 6-2 | 190 | Seattle, Washington | Garfield High School
Consensus four-star athlete and No. 2 prospect in the state of Washington … tabbed as the 10th athlete in the country by Rivals and 14th by ESPN … as a senior, recorded 55 catches for 1,102 yards and 12 touchdowns while spending time as a defensive back and the primary return specialist … named the 2017 Washington Player of the Year by the News Tribune … as a junior named the 3A Metro Valley Offensive Player of the Year while earning first-team all-league safety honors … showcases tremendous speed with the ability to make defenders miss with an impressive change of direction … chose the Seminoles over Oregon, Tennessee and Utah among several scholarship offers

Keyshawn Helton | ATH | 5-9 | 160 | Pensacola, Fla. | West Florida High School
Explosive wide receiver rated as a three-star prospect according to Rivals … as a senior, hauled in 59 passes for 793 yards and 14 touchdowns while helping lead West Florida to the Florida 5A state semifinals for the first time in school history … contributed heavily to an offense that produced 33.3 points per game and a 12-2 record … known for his world-class speed with sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash time … nephew of FSU legend and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks … chose Florida State after receiving interest from Tennessee and South Florida, among others

Malcolm Lamar | DE | 6-5 | 282 | Seffner, Fla. | Armwood High School
A four-star prospect according to Rivals and ESPN … is also among the ESPN300 … played in 13 games as a senior registering 48 tackles and five sacks … following his senior season, named second-team ALL-USA Florida by USA Today … a long, versatile athlete with active hands and a knack for pursing the football … finished his career at Armwood with 102 total tackles and 15.0 sacks … helped Armwood finish 14-1 in 2017 after reaching the 6A state title game … selected Florida State over multiple offers, including Oregon

Camren McDonald | TE | 6-4 | 210 | Long Beach, Calif. | Long Beach Poly High School
Explosive tight end ranked as a consensus four-star prospect … top-rated tight end in the state of California by ESPN and Rivals … match-up nightmare that uses a blend of size and athleticism to line up either as an attached tight end or a split wide receiver … blows past big defenders with an incredible burst of speed and uses size as an advantage on smaller defenders … as a senior caught 35 passes for 602 yards and eight touchdowns … competed in the same California league as Florida State early enrollee Jaiden Woodbey … chose the Seminoles over Southern Cal, California, Ole Miss and Nebraska

Christian Meadows | OL | 6-4 | 325 | Montezuma, Ga. | Macon County High School
Aggressive offensive lineman rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star by Rivals… ranked No. 79 overall in ESPN300 and the No. 5 offensive guard … Under Armour All-American … led Macon County to the regional championship in the Georgia A tournament … blocked for offense that averaged 344 yards per game … helped lead Macon County to the state championship as a junior … named all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Georgia Sportswriters Association following his junior season … chose Florida State over offers from Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State, among others … committed to FSU in July 2016

Chaz Neal | OL | 6-7 | 275 | Zephyrhills, Florida | Wesley Chapel High SchoolA consensus three-star prospect … as a senior produced 50 tackles, including 14 for loss with four sacks, five pass breakups and a forced fumble … displays tremendous upside with an NFL-ready frame … transferred from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida after an injury sidelined him for his entire junior season … teammates with fellow FSU signee Isaiah Bolden … Chose the Seminoles over Southern Cal, Oregon, South Carolina, Maryland and South Florida among others

Xavier Peters | DE | 6-4 | 225 | West Chester, Ohio | Lakota West High School
Consensus four-star prospect … ranked fifth in the state, sixth at his position and 75th nationally by Rivals … tabbed by ESPN as Ohio’s 12th-ranked prospect … Under Armour All-American … compiled 78 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbled and one fumble recovery as a senior … named first-team All-Greater Miami Conference and second-team Southwest Ohio all-district following standout senior season … switched from wide receiver to defense after his sophomore year of high school … selected Florida State over finalist Kentucky

Warren Thompson | WR | 6-3 | 196 | Seffner, Fla. | Armwood High School
Consensus four-star recruit … slotted 201st in ESPN300 … caught 50 passes for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns over his final two seasons at Armwood, including 487 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … helped lead Armwood to the 6A state championship game in 2017 … caught a five-yard touchdown in the state championship game that gave Armwood a 9-0 lead over Miami Northwestern … chose Florida State over numerous offers, including Florida, Alabama, LSU and Oregon

Jordan Young | WR | 6-2 | 185 | Conyers, Ga. | Heritage High School
Speedy wide receiver rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN … as a senior, caught 66 passes for 1,562 yards and 17 touchdowns … named to the AAAAAA all-state team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … named second-team AAAAAA all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … dynamic athlete that uses incredible speed and size to create separation from defenders … ran track in high school, winning the AAAAAA state championship in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.34 seconds … selected Florida State over Tennessee


Christian Armstrong | OL | 6-4 | 328 | Warner Robins, Ga. | Warner Robins High School
Powerful offensive tackle rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals … helped lead Warner Robins to Georgia AAAAA state championship game and 14-1 overall record … blocked for offense that averaged 34.1 points per game and 388.7 yards of total offense his senior season … offense passed for 3,645 yards, rushed for 2,186 yards and scored 67 total touchdowns during 2017 season … prior to senior year was selected for Rising Seniors all-star game … selected Florida State over multiple offers, including Alabama, Georgia and Penn State

Isaiah Bolden | DB | 6-2 | 185 | Wesley Chapel, Fla. | Wesley Chapel High SchoolHard-hitting cover corner rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals … ranked as top-30 cornerback in the country by both services and 188th overall in ESPN300 … selected to play in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … was also used on special teams, putting his return skills to good use with 90-yard interception return and 93-yard punt return for touchdowns during his senior season … junior year helped lead a defense that held opponents to 19.3 points per game as the Wildcats earned 7-2 overall record … received multiple scholarship offers and selected Florida State over Oregon

Robert Cooper | DL | 6-2 | 365 | Lilburn, Ga. | South Gwinnett High School
One of FSU’s first commitments for the class of 2018 … consensus four-star prospect rated No. 4 nationally among defensive tackles and No. 5 at his position and 16th in state by Rivals … ranked 91st in ESPN300 … Under-Armour All-American … recorded 42 tackles, including 8.0 for loss with 2.0 sacks while battling injuries as a senior … junior season collected 54 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 4.0 sacks, and six quarterback hurries while helping Comets advance to second round of AAAAAAA state playoffs … named first-team all-state by Atlanta Journal Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association … selected Florida State over Alabama and Georgia after receiving multiple scholarship offers

Amari Gainer | LB | 6-3 | 205 | Tallahassee, Fla. | Chiles High School
Four-star local product (Rivals.com) that shows tremendous range and can play sideline to sideline or use his speed to get to the quarterback … amassed 93 tackles, including 24 for loss with 12 sacks, in 10 games in 2017 was named All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year his senior season … as a junior earned honorable mention 7A all-state honors in addition to first-team All-Big Bend team after recording 77 tackles, including 23 for loss with eight sacks … father Herb Gainer played wide receiver for Florida State from 1984-87 and his mother also attended FSU … chose the Seminoles over Miami, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Purdue among others

A.J. Lytton | DB | 5-11 | 173 | Upper Marlboro, Md. | Wise High School
Speedy athlete rated as a consensus four-star prospect … ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Maryland by Rivals … rated 31st in ESPN300 … Under Armour All-American … helped lead Wise to 42 straight wins and three consecutive 4A state championships … 2017 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year … named to first-ever Elite 22 team by Prince George’s County coaches … played both sides of the ball, recording 32 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles on defense while catching 34 passes for 523 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season … led defense that allowed 7.1 points per game and registered six shutouts … junior season earned first-team all-state, second-team junior All-America and second-team All-Met honors … selected Florida State over numerous offers that included Alabama, Clemson and Penn State

Asante Samuel, Jr. | DB | 5-10 | 177 | Sunrise, Fla. | St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Outstanding cornerback ranked No. 25 overall by ESPN and a consensus four-star recruit … named an Under Armour All-American … helped led St. Thomas Aquinas to 7A state titles as a sophomore and junior and the state semifinals in 2017 … blocked a field goal in his final high school game against Venice … finished 2017 with 32 tackles, one interception, two blocked field goals and two blocked PATs … named the fourth-best prospect in recruit-heavy Brevard County prior to his senior season … participated in The Opening finals … attended same high school as recent Florida State standouts Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Greene … father is Asante Samuel, who played at UCF and spent 11 years in the NFL with the Patriots, Eagles, and Falcons … chose Florida State over numerous offers, including Miami, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State

Jaiden Woodbey | DB | 6-3 | 217 | Bellflower, Calif. | St. John Bosco High School
Hard-hitting safety earned five-star rating by Rivals.com … ranks as No. 27 overall prospect nationally in composite rankings and 66th in ESPN300 … named a U.S. Army All-American and Under Armour All-American … honor-roll student throughout his time at St. John Bosco … after playing his first two seasons at Upland High School, transferred to St. John Bosco and helped win the CIF state title as junior … also participated in The Opening finals prior to his senior season … received numerous offers and chose Florida State over Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC