Profile: Sh'mar Kilby-Lane
Location: Hallandale (Fla.)
Rank: , No. 14 OLB
Recruiting: Essentially, this came down to the Seminoles and Buckeyes before Kilby-Lane went with Florida State. He also had scholarship offers from teams like LSU, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee, USC, Virginia and others.
What to like: There is so much to like about Kilby-Lane. He's one of the most physical and explosive linebacker prospects in this class. He brings an aggressive presence to the defensive side of the ball as well as special teams because he's always looking to take someone's head off with a huge hit or block. Kilby-Lane plays with a great motor and flies around the field.
He's a good, sound tackler who explodes through the ball carrier. Kilby-Lane can play inside-out, get to the perimeter and make plays in space. He can also be that downhill presence between the tackles, who can shoot the gaps to make plays or take on blockers and locate the ball.
I also like the way he can read and diagnosis a play. Kilby-Lane reacts quickly. While he's not the fastest linebacker out there nor has outstanding straight line speed, between the lines he can sure cover a short distance quickly.
He does have good size and length with room to bulk up and add muscle and size.
What may be of concern: I don't see any major areas of concern. Certainly he needs to get bigger. He will also have to really develop his game in terms of playing in coverage and everything that goes into that part of his game. This is a must if he wants to be a dominant and every down linebacker at Florida State. You would also like to see Kilby-Lane play with a little more control and less helter-skelter.
Overall analysis: This is a good player that will bring toughness, aggressiveness and explosiveness to the defensive side of the ball and be a special teams contributor. It appears, at least on film, that Kilby-Lane possesses no fear what-so-ever on the gridiron.
This is a kid that can make plays in traffic, behind the line of scrimmage or in space outside. He's certainly a standout in the box. But he will need to continue to round out his game, especially in coverage, to play every down in Tallahassee. I would think he would be fine and just needs reps, time and a little coaching, which he will undoubtedly get at FSU. I could also see him becoming a very good special teams player for the Seminoles.