Jae Thaxton has been a difficult read this recruiting process, never really tipping his hand when it came to talking extensively about his favorite schools. In the end, however, Thaxton selected the Seminoles over the national champion Tigers.
"I committed to Coach Allen yesterday"
"I prayed on my decision and I felt like it was the place for me"
"Coach Allen is a great guy he helped me out a lot"
Thaxton is considered one of the top linebackers in the Southeast. He has good size at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. He is strong, smart and quick.
Thaxton visited Florida State the weekend of Dec. 12, an eternity when it comes to recruiting. The Georgia Bulldogs were considered the early frontrunners for Thaxton, and that should not come as a surprise.
However, FSU and LSU emerged as the favorites over time due to different reasons.
Thaxton, who also plays basketball, is projected at middle linebacker but is athletic enough to play outside as well. He finished with more than 500 career tackles, which stands as a school record. Thaxton is an excellent student and is on track to qualify academically.
In a recent interview with The Territory, Hartwell defensive coordinator Lee Moore applauded the Seminoles' handling of Thaxton during the recruiting process, specifically FSU defensive line coach Jody Allen.
"If they would not have got him, they would have deserved to, because of the way they have recruited him," Moore said.
"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."
Moore also pointed to Thaxton's work ethic, saying the Seminoles will be pleased with his attitude and approach.
"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."
FSU also remains in the hunt for linebacker Willie Williams of Miami Carol City. Williams will announce his decision on National Signing Day this Wednesday.
Thaxton 3.1 GPA and with a 940 on the SAT