Florida State's 2016 class continued its impressive run Wednesday as Baveon Johnson elected to join up. Out of Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson High School, Johnson is one of the top center recruits in the country. The move did not come as a surprise, as Johnson has a Florida State tattoo on his bicep. The move was first reported by Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.
Johnson is considered the No. 2 center in the country by the 247Sports Composite. He checks in at 6'3 and 320 pounds, and is a four-star recruit.
Florida State told Johnson at its recent junior day that it wanted him to work on his grades and his weight. Johnson definitely could stand to shed some pounds, but it says a lot that Florida State is willing to accept his commitment at this early juncture given his qualifying questions. Perhaps accepting the commitment will give Johnson time to focus on his school work and finish out his high school career strongly.
As a player, Johnson is a bit more finesse than you'd expect for a lineman of his size, but he does move well in space and pass protects well. He'll need to work on playing with better bend and increasing his nastiness. FSU has worked out Johnson numerous times at its summer camps.
Johnson is the first offensive lineman in the class. 13 linemen return for Florida State and attrition of one or two should be expected. Florida State will likely look to sign three to four offensive linemen, giving it a total of roughly 14 signed over the 2014-16 classes.
FSU now has 12 commitments for the class of 2016 and will likely be looking to take 23 or 24.