Coach Steele has a Plan for Thaxton

In the class of 2004, Florida State signed one of the top linebackers in the Southeast. Last year the 6-foot-3 and 227 pound Jae Thaxton walked onto the Seminole campus and immediately made an impact on special teams by blocking a punt against UAB and North Carolina. He also made several tackles backing up Buster Davis and Sam McGrew in the middle and on special teams.

The Seminoles are loaded at linebacker and Coach Steele has a plan to get some of his playmakers like Jae Thaxton into a position to be making big plays.
 
"Jae has a knack in the middle for playing big in the run-game," Seminole linebacker Coach Kevin Steele said.  "In the passing game, he has a little more strength as a guy we might put out on the edge.  On third downs, he could be a pass-rusher.  It might be as a standing up guy or might be as a guy playing down or as a guy who looks like a linebacker when we blitz.  He'll be a little more of an edge guy on third downs.  On first and second downs, he'll be a guy that stands in there because he's so good of getting off of blocks.  He really has that natural ability."
 
Regardless of where Thaxton is listed on the depth chart or lines up, it's obvious that offensive coordinators will have to account for him on all downs.
 
 In high school, Thaxton 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.
 
In Garnet & Gold as a freshman, he recorded 19 tackles and one tackle for a loss.

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