Dean’s mom, Neketta has also chimed in.
She is extremely involved in Nakobe’s recruitment. I was told that she had a mile-long list of questions, but that FSU’s staff was anticipating them and felt it had good, honest answers for her. The staff played cards with her late into Friday night.
Her love for coach Taggart was very consistent with that of the feelings of other moms we spoke with.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State finally got five-star LB Nakobe Dean on campus after several tries. And it hit the visit out of the park with the Horn Lake (Miss.) star.
“I wanted to see it and give it a chance, and I love it,” Dean said. “How cool and collected it is, how real they are.”
Dean spoke about working with his potential future coaches.
“It was good. I was trying to see how their coach is,” Dean said. “And they showed me what I wanted to see. It’s always good to get coached by the coach you’ll play for.”
Dean spoke about the fit at the school.
“Coach Taggart is real cool. I feel more comfortable here than some places I’ve been a couple times,” Dean said of his comfort level. “It’s really important.”
“Coach Woodie knows his ball. We’re always talking on the phone. Constant communication with him. “
“The coaches are real chill, real laid back. Real comfortable for me, actually. It matches my personality.”
Dean said he will “most likely” make a return visit.
He also connected well with the current players.
“Just how well I got along with the guys. I connected with them [snaps fingers] off the top. I wasn’t shy, quiet, I could talk with them.”
He also hung out with Cam Akers and spoke with him for the last several days.
FSU told Dean there’s an opportunity to play early, if he earns it.
“They basically said you can come in and get what you put in. I do plan on playing early.”
The Seminoles also addressed academics, specifically his planned major, engineering.
“Florida State took me to view the school of engineering. I got to talk with professors, the dean, and everything.”
“To be honest, they kind of stand even with all the schools. I’ll break it down with a top-5 before my senior season.”
He’ll decide in December and plans to enroll early.
Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M are thought to be top contenders for Dean.