Florida State defensive back Levonta Taylor arrived on campus in June with enormous expectations, and he's already living up to some of them. Taylor has earned praise from both his coaches and his teammates for his work during the offseason and the first week of fall camp.
Florida State's star safety Derwin James had high praise for the freshman, and what he said should have Seminole fans excited to see Taylor on the field.
"Just from me watching, I haven’t been out there, he reminds me a lot of how I was coming in my freshman year," James said. "Just coming in with that dog mentality. He’s just a natural football player. He’s going to give it all he’s got.”
He sees himself in Taylor because of their shared mentality about the game.
“That mentality," Taylor said. "That dog mentality that I don’t care who’s in front of me I’m going to win. I’m going to get to the ball. He’s a ball hawk. It’s all about the ball with him, and he’s a team player."
Senior cornerback Marquez White said that Taylor has "The heart of a lion" after the first practice of the season. Even the defensive tackles have taken notice of how quickly he is picking things up.
"He's doing amazing things," defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi said. "It's amazing how fast he picked up to it."
Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly also had praise for what Taylor has been able to do during his short time in Tallahassee.
"Very competitive," Kelly said. "Very fast. Just loves the game, I mean, he loves ball. He's fun to watch."
Taylor has been working at the star position, and with James sidelined with a foot injury and Trey Marshall replacing him at safety, he has been working with the first team. Whether that will continue with the return of James is unknown, but it's only a matter of time before he breaks into the starting lineup.