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FSU defensive back A.J. Lytton removed from football team

The 2020 roster trimmed down.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 06 Florida State at Miami Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Florida State inked a trio of new defensive backs in its 2020 recruiting class: top-signee Demorie Tate, Jadarius Green-McKnight, and Sidney Williams. Unfortunately, none of them are early enrollees, because there’s a new vacancy in the Seminole secondary following the removal of junior DB A.J. Lytton of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Lytton (5’11, 179) signed with the ’Noles in 2018 as a four-star prospect. He was the second highest ranked recruit in that class for FSU, behind only Jaiden Lars-Woodbey. Lytton played in 10 games during his freshman season and a dozen games this past year. His career stats at Florida State include 28 tackles (a pair for loss), two pass breakups, an interception, and a forced fumble.

We’re not sure why Lytton was removed from the team, but this kind of offseason attrition is just part of college ball. Still, the Seminoles remain rather talented in the secondary.

Evidently, this came as a surprise to Lytton’s fellow defender Robert Cooper: