Signing Day Capsule: J.T. Floyd

Floyd has a knack for always being around the ball and making big plays. He shows good instincts and great anticipation. Floyd has good cover skills and is fearless in the middle. He's strong in run support and can cover a lot of ground because of his great speed and reaction time. Offensively he shows excellent hands, body control and concentration.

J.T. Floyd
Safety/CB 5-11.5/184/4.5
J.L. Mann HS (Greenville, SC)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 75

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His Recruiting Story
As an early commit for the Tennessee Volunteers, the name J.T. Floyd didn't emerge on the radar for Wolverines fans until relatively late in the process. Once it was there, however, there was an obvious affinity for the Maize and Blue from the South Carolina defensive back.

Despite his verbal commitment to Tennessee, the Wolverines remained in contact with Floyd, who could play either cornerback or safety for Michigan. In an interview with Scout.com near the end of May, Floyd suggested the Wolverines had been in constant contact, and that the three-star defensive back would give the Wolverines a chance to show just what Michigan can offer.

"I'll definitely go up to Michigan, stop by Notre Dame, go out to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and others. I don't have a set schedule or dates yet but I'm working on that," Floyd said in that interview.

Later in the same interview, Floyd, who let the Wolverines know of his decision near the end of January, left clear signals that if he was to back away from his commitment to Tennessee, the Maize and Blue just might be the reason why.

"Michigan has come on really strong lately (extended scholarship offer). I hear from them every other day. I'd have to say they are in the lead over the other schools North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia."

Shortly after, Floyd made his first trip to Ann Arbor for a June unofficial visit. While he saw enough to know that his interest in Michigan was for the better, it wasn't until an October visit that Floyd really had his eyes opened to the Michigan football program.

"It took my breath away," Floyd said on his trip to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines game against Purdue. "That was my first impression when I entered the stadium. Then when it was full it was crazy in there. I love the atmosphere. Those fans were crazy!"

Floyd followed up the trip with visits North Carolina State and Georgia Tech before returning to Michigan for his official visit in January, and once Floyd returned from a visit to Tennessee the weekend of January 25, he knew it was meant to be Michigan.

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With the loss of both Jamar Adams and Brandent Englemon, the need for safeties at both positions exists. With good speed and a knack for swarming to the ball, Floyd, if he goes the safety route, could push for some playing time as a freshman.

Floyd considers himself a physical defensive player who appreciates the challenge of shutting down another player in one-on-one situations.

"I want to play defense. I love shutting down a guy and being physical. I prepare really hard and watch a lot of film. I have a good work ethic and I have great speed and make good cuts. I have great vision and make the crowd get on their feet when I have the ball," Floyd said.

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