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4-star safety, and former FSU commit, Nick Cross signs with Maryland

The Seminoles lose a blue-chip defensive back.

4-star safety, and former Florida State commitment, Nick Cross has signed his National Letter of Intent to enroll at the University of Maryland

The 6’1, 207 lb safety, from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, MD, has been committed to FSU since his official visit on September 3rd of this year.

While Cross was one of the more vocal recruiters in #Tribe19, the ’Noles were unsuccessful in fending off the advances of Maryland and their new head coach Mike Locksley. It was reported that Penn State was actually the preferred choice of Cross’ parents, and FSU was his number one option.

Ultimately, he decided to spurn both the Nittany Lions and the Seminoles for the Terrapins.

Maryland made a serious push after Locksley added Cross’ former high school head coach Elijah Brooks to his staff.

Cross has a lot of tools that were coveted by Florida State’s coaching staff.

He is an intelligent player that has the ability to read an opposing offense, while also being able to finish his tackles violently and punish receivers coming across the middle. This blend of awareness and physicality would have made him a good fit for FSU DC Harlon Barnett’s defense, which asks a lot from the safety position.

The 247Sports Composite has him ranked as the 4th best safety in the nation and the best player in the state of Maryland. He was one of the key members of Willie Taggart’s 2019 recruiting class.