2022 OL Charlton high on FSU, relationship with Atkins

Class of 2022 offensive line prospect Kanaya Charlton was one of the first underclassmen FSU coach Mike Norvell offered a scholarship to after taking over the Seminoles’ football program in December 2019. Norvell offered the 6-foot-5 and 350-pound guard from Brunswick (Ga.) High in December — it was of Charlton’s first scholarship offers and is still one of his favorites.

Charlton, who is considered a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 48 offensive guard in the class of 2022, has picked up numerous offers from other programs since that time. The rising senior has reportedly received over two dozen offers at this point in his recruitment, but he does have some favorites.

Florida State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Mississippi State currently lead the way, according to Charlton. He also has offers from Nebraska, Minnesota, NC State, North Carolina, LSU and West Virginia among others and that number will likely grow this summer and fall. However, Charlton says FSU continues to make the biggest push to earn his commitment and his signature this winter.

“The coaches make me feel wanted and make me feel at home,” said Charlton of being recruited by FSU.

Offensive line coach Alex Atkins, defensive ends coach John Papuchis and Norvell are the main staff members involved in his recruitment, but Charlton believes he is building a special bond with Atkins.

“Me and Coach Atkins have a relationship similar to people who have been friends since high school,” said Charlton. “We talk on an almost daily basis and about everything. We really don’t even talk about football anymore, it’s just life and how I can be the best version of myself.”

Charlton considers the strengths of his game to be his durability, ability to move for his size and his ability to open holes for a runner. He continues to work on coming off the ball lower and with a better base, keeping his feet moving while engaged with a defender. He is also making conditioning a priority this off-season in an attempt to cut down his weight as he heads into his senior year. Charlton has set a goal of getting to around 315 pounds by the start of the 2021 season.

Currently he has not set any official visit dates set but Charlton did indicate that he is likely to schedule a visit to FSU during one of the last two weeks in June. Charlton said he does not have an exact date for a commitment, but it will be this summer. And that could be great news for FSU based on where the Seminoles currently stand with Charlton.

“They are No. 1 right now and have been No. 1 for a while,” said Charlton. 

Osceola Recruiting Intern Dane Draper contributed to this story.