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FSU gets commitment from blue-chip linebacker

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Norvell adds a four-star late in the game

Florida State Seminoles football got some good news on Monday, with head coach Mike Norvell and staff picking up a commitment from 2021 four-star Miami Northwestern linebacker Patrick Payton.

Payton, considered the No. 22 outside linebacker in the country according to 247 Composite rankings, visited the school back in January as part of FSU’s Junior Day.

He recently decommitted from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and had offers from the Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks and Miami-Florida Hurricanes, amongst others.

Outside of Payton, the Seminoles currently have two other players in the 2021 class who spent time at linebacker in high school — three-star Jordan Eubanks out of Texas and three-star Shyheim Brown from Lake City in Florida.

With little over a week until Early Signing Day, here’s how FSU’s class currently looks:

Class of 2021 football recruits

WIDE RECEIVER - 3 star Joshua Burrell

WIDE RECEIVER - 3 star Malik McClain

TIGHT END - 3 star Jackson West

TIGHT END - 3 star Koby Gross

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - 3 star Bryson Estes

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - 3 star Kimo Makaneole

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - 4 star Rod Orr

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - 4 star Shambre Jackson

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - 3 star Byron Turner, Jr.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN- 3 star Joshua Farmer

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN/LINEBACKER- 4 star Pat Payton

LINEBACKER - 3 star Jordan Eubanks

LINEBACKER/DEFENSIVE BACK - 3 star Shyheim Brown

DEFENSIVE BACK - 4 star Hunter Washington

DEFENSIVE BACK - 3 star Kevin Knowles II

DEFENSIVE BACK - 4 star Omarion Cooper