Along with quarterback and offensive line, another position group that is in need of new talent and depth at Florida State is linebacker.
The Seminoles’ coaching staff zeroed in on several of the top linebackers in the state of Florida and currently holds three class of 2020 commitments at the position heading into the summer. The headliner of this group is Keyshawn Greene (6-3, 195) from Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Fla., just 30 minutes down the road from the FSU campus.
Greene committed to the Seminoles last spring as a sophomore and has since been joined by Jayion McCluster (6-1, 206) from Largo (Fla.) High School and Stephen Dix (6-2, 210) from Orlando Dr. Phillips High.
“The main focus is upgrading the linebacker position,” Osceola Recruiting Analyst Charles Fishbein said. “This year they are focused on bringing in more talent, depth and competition at linebacker.”
According to Fishbein, Greene was FSU’s No. 1 target at outside linebacker.
“They probably got a commitment from the No. 1 outside linebacker or one of the top outside linebackers in the state in Keyshawn Greene,” said Fishbein.
“They are bringing in guys that have the pedigree and have the talent. Keyshawn has the size and can run. He is a big, long, athletic linebacker. Keyshawn is one of the more impressive linebackers they have gotten a commitment from in the last five years.”
FSU is trying to add length and athleticism to all position groups and Greene certainly fits the bill.
“Here is a kid that went to Nike camp and ran sub 4.45 or 4.5-forty. Even if he runs a sub 4.5 you are talking about a big, athletic, long kid who can run,” continued Fishbein.
Greene shares these qualities in common with his future linebacker mates.
“They all have a lot of similarities in their physical makeup,” Fishbein said. “They are trying to get away from the smaller players, they want to get longer across the board.”
Florida State University High School coach Jarrod Hickman has seen the potential Greene possesses having faced the linebacker each of the last three seasons.
“Greene is an incredible athlete; he is what you want when you talk about a prototypical linebacker. He is really big and long and he can run for days,” began Hickman.
Trying to find a weakness in Greene’s game at the high school level is difficult.
“You talk about a kid that can play sideline-to-sideline; he can absolutely do that,” Hickman said. “He has good instincts, he attacks the ball and plays downhill. We have faced Wakulla for the last three years and he has made a ton of plays. Each year you can see him getting better. He can get to the ball from any place on the field. You can not run away from him because sometimes that plays into his advantage because he will just chase the ball down from the backside. He is also very physical when you run right at him. Keyshawn is super athletic, he has a chance to be a really good football player as he continues to grow into that body.”
While FSU has a lock on the talented rising senior for now, one source close to the recruitment of Greene expects the offers and continued recruitment of the linebacker to continue through his senior season. Greene has reportedly been offered by Arkansas, Florida, UCF, FAU, Louisville and Tennessee, according to 247Sports and Rivals.
Based off limited highlight tape on HUDL it is easy to see why the Seminoles covet Greene, who is ranked by 247Sports as the 14th best outside linebacker in the nation and the 34th best prospect in the state of Florida. He is long and athletic lining up at both inside linebacker and at times running back for Wakulla. He does play hard and will chase the ball from sideline-to-sideline, where he shows flashes of being extremely fast.
He is physical and doesn’t shy away from contact both as a defender and in his limited role on offense. Greene does a good job of playing downhill when lined up at inside linebacker.
Like any young player there are some things he needs to improve and will as he gains more experience as a senior and gets more coaching in college. As a junior Greene tended to play too high on the defensive side of the ball. He needs to work on playing lower and in a better football position, which will help him to take on and get off blocks and not give blockers the ability to get locked on to him. While he is fast enough to run around blockers in high school, playing with better technique will be key at the major college level.
Please continue to check-in with the Osceola for future analysis of Keyshawn Greene and updates on his recruitment throughout the summer and fall.