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4-star LB Raylen Wilson talks FSU, recruiting process

Raylen Wilson is a local product who has recently experienced a boom in his recruitment process. The 2023 four-star linebacker from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High had just one FBS offer as recently as late January. 

After a couple months, and a bump to being ranked as the 111th-best overall prospect in the class of 2023 by 247Sports, he now boasts 12 FBS offers, with the Florida State offering the rising junior in late March. Miami, Louisville, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Maryland have also either offered or expressed interest in the talented underclassmen.

Wilson, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, says USF and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest as of now, but every program involved in his recruitment is pushing for his talents. 

“With me being just 15 years old and already getting opportunities to pursue my dream, it’s mind-blowing,” said Wilson. 

The Seminoles’ proximity to home is a big factor in Wilson’s recruitment, and that certainly helps Florida State stand out among the crowd. Florida State linebackers coach Chris Marve has primarily recruited the four-star linebacker. Wilson seems to appreciate the second-year FSU assistant coach’s honest personality. 

“I like that he’s really blunt when he talks,“ said Wilson. 

Wilson says his speed and aggression are the greatest strengths of his game. These are both obvious attributes when you turn on his film. He is also productive. As a sophomore in 2020, Wilson led Lincoln in tackles with 55 stops (including four tackles for a loss) in six games.

He also notes a few things he is working to polish. 

“I want to develop my body even more is the main thing and no waste of movements,” said Wilson.