Noles Are Awaiting Word From Top LB

<b>Jae Thaxton</b> is considered by most experts to be one of the top linebackers in the Southeast. The hard-hitting 6-foot-1 and 220 pound standout has narrowed his list of schools to Florida State, Georgia and LSU. The caught up with his high school defensive coordinator/position coach to get the latest.

"I think Florida State a pretty good shot with Jae," Hartwell (GA) Hart County Defensive Coordinator Lee Moore said. "If they don't get him, they deserve to because of the way they have recruited him. I've been very impressed the way Florida State has handled the recruiting process with Jae. I can now see why they are such a successful program. Coach Jody Allen is a go-getter."

What does Thaxton like about the Dawgs and Tigers?

"Jae likes the aspect of a strong defense and that's what Georgia has," Moore said. "Defenses with championships and that's what Georgia has. LSU has a tremendous defense also and it helped them with a national championship. They would be a great choice because of their defense."

Thaxton has racked up an impressive estimated 600 tackles over a three year period. Three of those four years he started. As a senior, he recorded 186 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks.

What's the secret to Thaxton's amazing success?

"Jae has all the physical characteristics but what makes him so special is his great attitude," Moore said. "He pushes himself so hard and he's never satisfied. His work ethic makes him a one of a kind of athlete. Jae always wants to get better and he always stays after practice to work on getting better."

Thaxton strengths on the field are his instincts and hard-hitting ability.

"Jae has a nose for the football," Moore said. "When he gets to the football, he explodes through the runner. I haven't seen that type of ability on the high school level. I've played in college and I've coached for eight years now and I haven't seen a player as well as Jae since Takeo Spikes."

Throughout the entire recruiting process, Thaxton has remained level-headed and very headed. A lot of this can be contributed to his strong family values.

"Jae comes from a tremendous family and he has grown up in the church," Moore said. "His father is a minister and Jae is very thankful for what he has. He is a very humble kid."

Not only does the Hart Country senior have high praise from his coach, he's also getting it from one of the most respected recruiting experts in the Southeast.

"Thaxton is a big, strong linebacker that runs laterally well," The recruiting analysis Scott Kennedy said.

"He is fundamentally sound and he doesn't miss too many tackles. Thaxton is physically ready to play now. I saw him play live twice and I have seen him practice. During the Georgia North/South All-Star game, he made a lot of plays. I got him rated as the 15th best player in Georgia which is loaded with blue-chip prospects this year. I also have him rated as the 7th best linebacker in the Southeast behind some pretty big names."

Thaxton is an excellent student that is on track to qualify academically.

The Noles are considered the team to beat and a decision could be coming any day soon.

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