Florida State’s 2019 recruiting continues to add elite talent; this time in the form of high four-star safety Nick Cross who committed to FSU during his official visit today. It’s another DMV (D.C, Maryland, Virginia intersection) commitment for Florida State as Cross hails from Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.
It’s an area that has been very good to Florida State recently and in the past with players like 2018 signee AJ Lytton, offensive tackle Jauan Williams and former players Marcus Lewis, Brock Ruble, Ronald Darby, and Eddie Goldman.
Cross is one of the nation’s elite safety prospects ranking 53rd nationally, fourth at his position, and first within the state of Maryland in 247’s Composite Rankings with a stock that continues to rise. He chose Florida State over offers from Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia, and many others. It was a six-month recruitment for Cross as he was offered on March 1st:
Breathless! Exuberated to say that I have received an offer from Florida State University!!! #Gonoles #noleup19 @DMCoachBrooks @DenocD @HamiltonESPN @derwinjames6 pic.twitter.com/oTuCrze8X1— Nick Cross™️ (@Nick_Cross26) March 1, 2018
Growing up a Florida State fan the offer was a big deal to him emotionally and getting him on campus for an official visit was enough for FSU to surge past the competitors in his recruitment and eventually land his commitment.
Cross is a safety with elite physical tools.
At the Nike Opening regional event in New Jersey he measured in at 6’1 208lbs while posting a 4.48 40 yard dash, a 38.5” vertical jump, and a 4.28 second 20 yard shuttle time; hitting the 99th, 99th, & 95th percentile groups respectively.
On the gridiron Cross is a safety with great range often coming from the opposite hash in pursuit to finish tackles violently. He shows the ability to flip his hips and run in coverage with receivers down the field and an ability to play the ball while it is in the air. All in all Nick Cross is a safety prospect with all the tools and is a perfect fit for Florida State.
Florida State’s 2019 recruiting class now ranks eighth in the country with 13 blue-chips commitments.