Florida State coach Mike Norvell and offensive line coach Alex Atkins received some good news this afternoon when class of 2021 offensive lineman Jake Slaughter announced via Twitter that he has committed to the Seminoles.
Slaughter, 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, is a rising senior at Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic High School. He is rated by 247Sports as a three-star recruit and as the sixth best center prospect in the nation, the 86th best overall prospect in Florida and the 585th best overall prospect in the nation.
Rivals has Slaughter listed as an offensive tackle prospect, where he rated as three-star recruit. They also list him as the 99th best overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 64th best offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
The list of schools reported to have offered Slaughter include Miami, Missouri, Indiana, Ole Miss, Pitt, Virginia and USF.
Slaughter is versatile, having played both center and guard as junior. The strong point of his game at this point in his development is as a run blocker, particularly as a drive blocker. He has a tendency to overextend in pass protection. Slaughter plays hard but needs to add strength to both his upper and lower body. At his size, you would want to see more explosion coming out of his stance and for him to be more dominant in the running game. While he works hard to stay engaged with defenders you would like to see him do a better job of establishing inside hands and finish off blocks.
Please click on the link below to see Slaughter’s HUDL highlights from last season.
Below is a tweet from Coach Norvell shortly after Slaughter’s commitment was made public.
FSU also has commitments from quarterback Luke Altmyer, outside linebacker Branden Jennings, defensive end Joshua Farmer and inside linebacker Dequaveon Fuller.