Jaylon Glover is one Florida State’s top targets at running back for its 2022 recruiting class. The Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson High School prospect was on campus earlier this week for his official with Florida State head coach Mike Norvell and staff. After the visit concluded, Glover raved about the experience.
“They did a great job,” Glover said of the FSU staff. “I enjoyed my visit. This is probably one of the best ones. They do a great job, and I definitely enjoyed my time in Tally.”
This was Glover’s first time meeting with the FSU coaching staff due to the 15-month-long dead period enforced by the NCAA. The 5-foot-7, 195-pound Glover spoke highly of the Seminoles’ head coach as well as running backs coach David Johnson, who he has had regular contact with via text, social media and Zoom.
“The Zoom calls don’t do it justice, but their personalities over the phone translated even better in-person,” said Glover. “I enjoyed it, and they’re just great people.”
Norvell had a strong pitch to Glover on the visit, where he made it clear that Glover was a priority and referenced his tenure at Memphis as evidence of the production at running back that he is capable of scheming and developing.
“Coach Norvell told me, ‘I told you, I know those guys wanted you, but when I saw your film, I knew that you were a priority,’ ” said Glover. “He knows what it takes, he had five running backs on one roster at Memphis, and he was like, ‘I wasn’t getting guys like you that were highly touted, so just imagine what we could do.’ ”
Academics are a key factor in Glover’s process of choosing where he will attend college and he came away impressed by how Norvell and the staff handled that portion of his visit.
“This was the only visit where I actually got to talk to my study professor,” said Glover. “We went to my professor for the kinesiology major, and we went through what I have now with college credits, and really got in detail with where I’m at in that process. He was excited because he said I was doing some good work back at home, so it was really good. I really enjoyed that part.”
Glover is also a close friend and teammate at Lake Gibson High with Sam McCall, a 2022 five-star FSU commit. Unsurprisingly, McCall has actively recruited Glover to Florida State since his decision was made public on Feb. 28, but Glover revealed what McCall has said to him regarding his recruitment.
“He’s always like, ‘Bro, whatever is the best fit for you,’ but he’s also like, ‘Man, we can make something happen at Florida State,’ ” said Glover. “He doesn’t recruit really hard, because we grew up together and he knows where my head is and what I have going on, but even on this visit, he’s calling me every day like, ‘Bro, I told you.’ ”
As for what will ultimately be the deciding factor for Glover in choosing a college home, he said it is both the fit in the program and the ability to prepare him for life after football.
“I just want to know what is the best fit for me personally, academically and then life after ball,” said Glover. “Which institution will I say I’m happy with. I don’t need to be in the portal. I want to be happy where I’m at and enjoy my place.”
“I do feel that here,” Glover added. “That’s why I continue to go to different places, because I want to see where home is.”
Glover says that he doesn’t have a timeline for making a decision or announcing which school he is committing to but said he will sit down with his family after his fifth and final official visit to Utah this weekend. He took official visits to Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech earlier this month.
Pat Burnham contributed to this article. Player ratings and position rankings courtesy of 247Sports.