BREAKING: FSU Football Beats Out Tigers For Elite Cornerback To Continue Recruiting Run

BREAKING: FSU Football Beats Out Tigers For Elite Cornerback To Continue Recruiting Run

The Seminoles are red-hot on the recruiting trail after picking up five commitments in seven days.

Florida State is on a roll in terms of recruitment. After not adding a commitment to their 2025 class since January, the Seminoles are quickly gaining momentum and assembling one of the best hauls in the country.

On Sunday evening, four-star cornerback Gregory Xavier Thomas chose Florida State over Clemson. Thomas is the sixth recruit to join #Tribe25 in the last seven days.

The Florida native has always been one of the top targets on the board, regardless of position. The Seminoles offered him in the summer of last year and have hosted him on campus several times over the last six months, including an official visit last weekend. Thomas’ long-standing relationship with head coach Mike Norvell and several members of the coaching staff persuaded him to wear garnet and gold rather than Clemson.

It also didn’t hurt that Patrick Surtain Sr., the defensive backs coach, had served as the head coach at American Heritage High School, where Thomas plays.

“Me and the coaches focused less on football and more on making connections during the visit. “We had a lot of talks today, just about life, so it was good,” Thomas told NoleGameday earlier. “I’m coming here to play football, but I’ll be living here; wherever I go, I’ll be coached by whoever I feel most comfortable with. Off the field, that’s what matters the most to me.

The Tigers only recently entered Thomas’ recruiting efforts in April, but they swiftly established themselves as a genuine competitor for the top defensive back. Clemson was the only other school he officially visited outside Florida State, indicating that the program was a true danger.

Thomas is coming off a junior season in which he recorded 19 tackles, one tackle for loss, and two interceptions while helping his team reach the playoff semi-finals. In high school, he runs track and has a time of 11.56 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

The long and lanky defensive back might play many positions at the NCAA level, but he’s likely to start at cornerback. Thomas is full of promise, which Surtain Sr. and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller can capitalize on. His physicality and ability to maneuver will enable him to push for early playing time in Tallahassee.

With the acquisition of Thomas, Florida State now has nine verbal promises in #Tribe25. The haul moves from 44 to 34 in the country. The Seminoles have risen over 40 spots in the standings in less than a week.

Thomas is the first defensive back to join the class, but the program is still looking for four-star recruits Ben Hanks Jr., Jaboree Antoine, Onis Konanbanny, Jordan Young, Ladarian Clardy, Bryce Fitzgerald, Tony Williams (UCF), JaDon Blair, Max Redmon, and Jett White (Maryland).

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back is regarded as the No. 190 overall prospect, the No. 17 S, and the No. 23 recruit in Florida in the 2025 class according to 247Sports.


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