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Cornerback Levonta Taylor is Florida State's most exciting recruit

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Taking a look at the jewel of the Seminoles' class.

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Florida State could be poised to haul in another top-five recruiting class in 2016, and Levonta Taylor is a big reason this group is so strong. The 5'11, 182-pound Taylor is heading to Tallahassee by way of Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes High School, continuing FSU's pipeline from the DMV area.

Just how highly touted is Taylor? All four major rankings services rank him as a five-star prospect and the best cornerback in the country, and three out of four deem him a top-ten player at any position (Scout has him at No. 12). He was also named to the first-team of USA Today's 2015 All-USA Defense. As you might expect, Taylor, who was courted by Odell Haggins and Charles Kelly, had extensive offers: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, and USC, among many others, were after his services.

Despite plenty of attention from prestigious programs, Taylor has been as firm as they come in his pledge to the 'Noles, since he committed on April 3, 2015, even doing some big recruiting for Florida State. UVA was seen as the main competition for Taylor, as he visited there as well as Tennessee. He runs a 4.40 40 and played on both sides of the ball in high school, and could very well take over punt returning duties for the Seminoles as a true freshman in addition to vying for playing time in a talented secondary.

ESPN Scouting Report:

STRENGTHS: Taylor demonstrates the foot quickness needed to change directions and make tight turns. Will transition without taking many wasted steps to open and run or break forward. Has the speed to recover when caught in a trail position. Will attack rather than sit back and wait for the play to develop. Can plant and close with nice explosiveness and displays necessary make-up speed. ... AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Increasing his bulk with add value to his ability as a tackler or to align in press coverage. Shows an understanding of how to slip blocks at this stage but with added strength, he will improve his ability to disengage without getting stuck on blocks at times. ... BOTTOM LINE: A talented, well-rounded corner prospect with the ability to play both ways and be efficient. His ability to play smart, fast and work to stay in sound position will increase his attention on the recruiting trail. Could be a very nice nickel initially.

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