NoleDigest Take; Isaac Nauta

Florida State has tended to close strong on the recruiting trail, but the 2016 class seems to be breaking that mold by starting off extremely fast and strong. More good news came on Monday with the verbal commitment of Buford (Ga) Tight End Isaac Nauta.

On Isaac Nauta: At 6-foot-4 and over 230 pounds Nauta has prototype size for the Tight End position. He arrived at powerhouse Buford at around that size and has been an integral part of their success ever since. Nauta is capable of playing in-line or flexed out where he is a potential match-up problem. He is probably the TE that is most like current starter Nick O'Leary that FSU has signed since 2011. Nauta was physically developed early in his high school years, he is probably locked into the 6-4 size, he has added considerable strength over that time and we would look for that trend to continue. One issue is that he lost some explosiveness when he added weight and he will need to find the happy medium there.

Nauta has over a year to develop and should be one of the top TEs in the South for the 2016 class. Scout.com currently has Nauta as the no. 7 TE in the country.

Nauta has also performed at a high level on the defensive line and does possess some upside there as well. He is far likelier that he ends up on offense.

Where he fits: Florida State will graduate Nick O'Leary and Kevin Haplea after the 2014 season. First year players Mavin Saunders/Ryan Izzo join red-shirt freshmen Jeremy Kerr as returning players in 2015. FSU does have a verbal commitment from 3-star Jalen Wilkerson for the class of 2015. Nauta will be joining this group in 2016 and should have plenty of opportunity early in his career.

The Class of 2016: FSU now has six commitments for the class of 2016. All six are currently 4-star rated players, but several appear to be potential 5-stars as the rankings expand (Malik Henry, Janarius Robinson). Regardless it is FSUs fastest start to a recruiting class in the Jimbo Fisher era. FSU's elite facilities, Jimbo's focus and closing ability on the trail, Miami/UF issues, and the 29 game winning streak have created a perfect storm to perhaps bringing in "best FSU recruiting class of all- time". FSU has one QB (Henry), three DL (Robinson, Brown, Wood), one LB (Gavin), and now a TE (Nauta).


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