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Florida State football gets commitment from multi-position, dual-sport athlete

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The Seminoles added a new cornerback to their 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday.

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FSU football made a big splash on Tuesday, landing a verbal commitment from Travis Jay, one of Florida’s top 2019 defensive backs. Jay is from Greenville, Fla., and plays 45 minutes east of Tallahassee for Madison County. The junior committed to the Florida State staff during a visit with his mother.

Jay’s recruitment had really taken off over the last month, landing offers from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Georgia, Clemson and others. But this was Jay’s second visit to FSU in the last month after also attending the Junior day event in February in addition to camp last summer. From the effort put in by staff, it’s pretty clear that Jay was a player that the new coaching staff identified and made a priority.

A multi-position player, as well as dual-sport athlete who recorded a triple-double in the state basketball semifinals and came within two points of a state championship, Jay is great, underrated pickup for the ’Noles. In his junior season, he registered 59 tackles as well as eight interceptions, a huge reason why the staff intends to use him as cornerback. He has unique traits that project him to be a special player at the next level as well, as his length, ball skills and ability to change direction may remind many fans of former LSU defensive back and current New York Jet, Morris Claiborne.

Jay joins a 2019 class for Florida State that already includes the country’s No. 1 ranked cornerback Akeem Dent. The new coaching staff for FSU has been hard at work in building new relationships and attempting to overcome the lack of recruiting done by the old staff. Look for them to continue do so and build on the current class as they develop those relationships and work to get kids on campus for visits.