It is clear that FSU head coach Mike Norvell has made the offensive line a priority with his 2022 recruiting class. With as few as 12 scholarship offensive linemen set to return after the 2021 season it is clear that FSU was going to have to load up at this position group in the 2022 recruiting cycle and that is just what they are doing. Jaylen Early, who is 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, became the sixth offensive line prospect to commit to FSU for the class of 2022.
Early, from Duncanville (Tex.) High School, is considered a four-star prospect and is rated as the 11th-best guard/center prospect in the country for 2022.
Florida State beat out Texas A&M and Ohio State to land Early’s commitment. Early made an official visit to FSU during the last week in June after taking official visits to Ohio State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
“He is a big kid,” Osceola Recruiting Analyst Charles Fishbein said. “Another versatile offensive lineman who can play either guard or tackle. Once he gets on a defender he usually stays locked up on him until they blow the play dead. He does need to work on his technique. Early has a tendency to over-extend or reach to block a defender. If he can improve on that part of his game the sky is the limit for him.”
“Early lined up mainly at guard as a junior,” Osceola Recruiting Analyst Pat Burnham said. “You certainly see flashes of his athleticism when he asked ask to pull or fold, he moves well. As Fish said, he does do a good job of staying locked on to defenders once engaged. He shows physicality and likes to finish. One of the things I liked best on his highlight tape is that he is not a passive pass blocker, often times throwing pass rushers to the ground. Like most high school prospects he is raw but you certainly see the potential. Another OL prospect whose best football is still ahead of him.”
Tight end prospect Jerrale Powers, who committed to FSU earlier this summer, is one of Early’s high school teammates. Offensive line prospects Aliou Bah, Kanaya Charlton, Antavious Woody, Qae’shon Sapp and Daughtry Richardson are also committed to FSU.