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Hamsah Nasirildeen adds a long, athletic body to the Florida State secondary

Nasirildeen stands in at 6’3, tied for the tallest defensive back on the team.

Hamsah Nasirildeen
Hamsah Nasirildeen after his 2016 Junior Day visit at Florida State

Standing in at 6’3 210 lbs., four-star safety Hamsah Nasirildeen is a big (pun intended) addition to the Florida State secondary. His size is almost identical to Derwin James who is listed on the roster at 6’3 211 lbs.

The safety from Concord (NC) Concord High School recently flipped his commitment from South Carolina to FSU on January 22nd. Nasirildeen attended camp over this past summer and Junior Day in 2016, where he received an offer from Florida State. He made one other trip, his official visit for the home game vs. Clemson. Leading his recruitment was running backs coach Jay Graham and defensive coordinator Charles Kelly.

In the 247 Sports Composite rankings, the 2017 athlete ranks No. 111 nationally and the No. 14 safety. In his home state of North Carolina, Nasirildeen is ranked the No. 1 player.

In his junior season of high school, the Florida State commit made 80 tackles and caught four interceptions. He also played wide receiver, catching 33 passes for 584 yards and two touchdowns.

The Florida State class currently has Cyrus Fagan, a fellow four-star, as the only other safety committed to the team. On the roster, the main contributors at safeties include Derwin James, Ermon Lane, Kyle Myers, A.J. Westbrook and Trey Marshall.

Here’s what a high school coach on our staff had to say on Nasirildeen:

Hamsah Nasirildeen is an extremely lengthy athlete. The length of Nasirildeen is game-changing and he has a very high ceiling. His length was apparent in the Army All-American Game when he broke up passes and impacted throws in the middle of the field. Nasirildeen possesses the ability to diagnose plays and run the alley in the run game. He could grow into an in-the-box safety but should stay athletic enough to play deep. Nasirildeen flashes the ability to finish on the ball when it comes in his area. He displays plenty of closing speed when in coverage.The two-sport athlete shows off his elite athleticism when he flips to the other side of the ball and plays wide receiver, or in his basketball footage when he’s dunking on people. Nasirildeen recognizes plays quickly, and uses this to intercept balls or make plays in the backfield.